Citroen announces new flagship C5 X crossover
The new Citroen C5 X is expected to start from around £27,000 when it arrives in 2022
- Claimed to feature ‘unparalleled roominess’
- Crossover styling
- Likely to be available in the UK in 2022
Citroen has confirmed that it will launch a new flagship model called the C5 X. The car will be a crossover and will continue Citroen’s focus on refinement, with the brand claiming it will offer ‘ultimate comfort’.
Blending the characteristics of saloons, SUVs and estate cars into one, the ‘X’ part of the car’s name makes perfect sense. The new Citroen C5 X shares the EMP-2 platform with the C5 Aircross but the two cars have a markedly different look. Citroen wants the C5 X to represent affordable luxury and this is reflected in the pricing; expect a starting price of £27,000 mark, increasing to around £35,000 for the plug-in hybrid version.
The C5 X looks set to major on space and functionality. The crossover is slightly longer than a 508 SW and, while it has a slightly shorter wheelbase, it does feature a larger, 545-litre boot. When the seats are folded to reveal a full 1,640-litre boot, Citroen claims the C5 X will take a washing machine. We’ll have to take Citroen’s word for it until we’re able to get behind the wheel of the C5 X ourselves but the carmaker also claims that the car will have ‘a passenger compartment worthy of a lounge area’ with ‘unparalleled roominess’.
2022 Citroen C5 X: design
The C5 X’s styling is inspired by the C-Xperience concept car shown at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. We’ve seen touches from that car introduced on a number of recent models, namely the facelifted C3 and C3 Aircross, as well as the brand-new Citroen C4. The C4 is a rival to conventional family hatchbacks like the Ford Focus but has a taller stance.
The most prominent external styling details are found towards the front of the car. Its wide bonnet, with a distinctive hump in the centre, features prominent double chevrons in the centre that ripple outwards towards a new V-shaped light signature with slim LED daylight running lights sitting above the main headlights.
The C5 X sits on narrow wheels, which fully fill the arches, trimmed with subtle SUV-style cladding. There’s no sign of any C4 Cactus-style air bumps but the side of the car does feature gentle creases at the bottom of the doors.
Looking to the rear, the bumper is clad in black plastic and there are two not-so-subtle spoilers; one at the top and the other at the bottom of the rear windscreen. Following the theme at the front, LED lights form a V-shaped arrangement, while both the double chevron and the Citroen badge sit on the boot lid. The overall result is a very modern, classy-looking crossover.
Interior and technology
Heading inside, you’ll be sitting on Advanced Comfort seats that feature special padding - much like a mattress topper. An Advanced Comfort active suspension debuts on the plug-in hybrid car, which means the driver can choose from three different modes to adjust overall ride comfort.
The C5 X will also be fitted with an all-new 12-inch HD infotainment touchscreen. However, like the new C4, the heating and ventilation controls are separated, sitting slightly lower down to ensure an uncluttered dashboard. There’s also the option of an advanced and notably large 21-inch head-up display.
The crossover will also come equipped with all the usual gadgets to promote passenger wellbeing and safety. Voice recognition and adaptive cruise control with lane keeping assistance are among the convenience features, alongside wireless smartphone charging and mirroring on the infotainment screen.
Engines and performance
Full details of the engine lineup are yet to be released but Citroen has already confirmed that there won’t be a diesel variant in the C5 X range. We do expect Citroen’s familiar 128bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine to feature and, since the Vauxhall Grandland X, Peugeot 508 and the Citroen C5 Aircross are all available as plug-in hybrids, it seems likely that the 222bhp plug-in system from the Aircross will also be available.
Although the C5 X debuts in France at the end of this year, the first cars aren’t set to arrive here in the UK until early in 2022.
Citroen is now producing electric commercial vehicles on the same platform as the cars mentioned above, so it is possible that the C5 X will come with the option of a pure-electric powertrain in the future.