Today, Citroen has unveiled their new big-family sized car, the C5X. And if you’re looking at it wondering what is it exactly? then the French carmakers will consider the making of their new flagship model a job well done.
Their aim was to design a car that overlaps several popular segments, creating a mix of crossover, saloon, and estate. The idea was to offer the ride height that you’d find in an SUV, with the greater visibility and safety bonuses that come with conventional SUV’s, but to add in a roomy extended cabin in typical estate fashion and topped it all off with the elegance of a slick saloon.
But why? do we hear you ask? Well, according to Vincent Cobee, Citroën CEO “the segment appeared boring, so people migrated to crossovers. When we show people this car, saloon owners see it as a saloon, estate owners as an estate, and crossover owners as a crossover they could love. To all of them it represents a forward-looking socially responsible car.”
Citroen has provided us with very smooth drives historically with the DS and CX models and this is something they wanted to develop further. The C5X is fitted with hydraulic cushion suspension (which you can also find in the C5 Aircross) to eliminate the issues drivers face when overcoming potholes, kerbs, speed bumps.
The seats feature special padding and thick, well-structured foam to ensure that even on the longest journeys, both driver and passengers are very comfortable. The roomy rear also lends itself to plenty of leg and headroom, with the panoramic roof creating the sense of even more space thanks to enhanced brightness. Through the electronically operated boot lid, drivers have access to 545 litres of boot capacity, increasing to 1,645 litres when the back seats are lowered to create a flat floor.
Citroen has not yet given full detail on the engine options available, however, they have confirmed that there will be no diesel variant, only pure-petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains, with the suggestion of a fully electrified version at a later date.
In terms of price, we are looking at the £27-36,000 mark. For this, there is plenty of tech on offer with a 12-inch tablet-style customisable centre screen, voice control, wireless smartphone mirroring, four USB sockets as standard and a full-colour head-up display.
So, is trying to appeal to potential buyers within 3 segments crazy or automotive genius? Time will tell when we start to see sales figures. Citroen aims to make deliveries to European customers by the end of 2021, with the brand confirming that the UK is an important marketplace for them, so the C5X will be available to UK motorists by early next year. Watch this space.