The 2021 Citroen C5 X has been officially revealed – and it could come to Australia.
Twin under the skin to Peugeot's 508 sedan and wagon, the new, third-generation C5 is the latest in a long line of flagship Citroen models (though this time there's no full-size C6 to sit above it) – albeit with a twist.
Whereas the outgoing C5 (last sold in Australia in 2016) was offered in conventional, low-riding sedan and Touring wagon body styles, the new C5 X follows market trends by opting for a high-riding, SUV-inspired wagon body style, in the same vein as the Audi A4 Allroad, Subaru Outback, and upcoming Ford Evos.
On the design front, the C5 X's styling is said to be inspired by the CXperience Concept of 2016, with X-shaped front and rear LED lighting signatures, pronounced rear wheel arches, and a sloping rear tailgate with an integrated lip spoiler.
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A set of 19-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear tyres are fitted on flagship models, enabling an elevated driving position and increased ground clearance over a regular wagon.
The model measures 4805mm long, 1865mm wide and 1485mm high, all sitting on a 2785mm wheelbase – 24mm shorter in overall length, 5mm wider, 2mm taller and 30mm shorter in wheelbase than the outgoing C5 wagon, yet still slotting it into the medium passenger car segment in Australia.
In normal configuration, 545 litres of boot space can be found behind the rear seats, expanding to 1640 litres with the second row folded flat. A hands-free power tailgate is available on higher-grade models.
Inside, a 12.0-inch touchscreen running an all-new infotainment system for the Citroen brand sits atop the dashboard, featuring a smartphone-inspired layout, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, over-the-air updates and a voice-operated personal assistant.
A fully-digital instrument cluster sits in front of the driver, while other highlights include a colour head-up display, satellite navigation, four USB-C ports and wireless smartphone charging.
Aiding comfort are lounge-style Advanced Comfort front seats, plus enhanced visibility, a large glass sunroof and acoustic laminated front and rear windows.
Under the skin, it's widely understood the C5 X sits on the former Groupe PSA's (now Stellantis) EMP2 platform, shared with the aforementioned Peugeot 508, along with other PSA models including the Citroen C5 Aircross SUV, Peugeot 5008 SUV and flagship DS 9 sedan offered in other markets.
All models score a new Citroen Advanced Comfort suspension system intended to "recreate the magic carpet effect of iconic Citroen cars", with flagship plug-in hybrid models picking up a three-mode adaptive damper system with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions that relax or stiffen the suspension to "fly over the road".
European buyers will eventually be given a choice of conventional petrol engines, however Citroen's initial press materials focus on the range-topping, 165kW C5 X Plug-in Hybrid variant.
While few specific details of the system have been provided, given the C5 X's shared underpinnings, expect it to combine a 133kW version of parent Stellantis' 1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder engine, paired to an 80kW/320Nm electric motor and an 11.9kWh lithium-ion battery sending drive to the front wheels.
Citroen claims a 50km driving range on electric power alone, at speeds of up to 135km/h.
A full suite of active safety technologies are available, offering Level Two semi-autonomous driving thanks to adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane-keep assist and lane-centring assist.
Other driver assistance features include long-range blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a 360-degree camera, and keyless entry and exit.
The 2021 Citroen C5 X will go on sale in Europe with a choice of petrol-only or plug-in hybrid power in the second half of 2021.
While Citroen's Australian arm has yet to confirm the C5 X for our shores, the model is actively under evaluation for a local launch, with arrival timing dependent on when the high-riding wagon receives the green light to come Down Under.