The Germans may dominate the midsize segment, but the European side of Stellantis is not ready to give up without a fight. After the Peugeot 508 and the chic DS9, Citroën has a new flagship to meet the likes of Mercedes Class E, BMW 5 Series and Audi A6. But while all three of these German-born models come in distinct sedan and wagon flavors, the new C5 X is a blend of the two body styles, with SUV ingredients sprinkled in for good measure.
In keeping with Citroën’s funky designs, the C5 X is a high-end unconventional model with a bold appearance, even more so than other models wearing the double chevron badge due to the three-in-one body configuration. The relatively flat roofline says sedan for the most part, but the elongated rear brings this wagon effect while the high ride height is reminiscent of the C5 Aircross, the other model bearing the French manufacturer’s C5 badge serving as a separate SUV. whole.
With a length of 4805 millimeters (189.1 inches), a width of 1865 mm (73.4 inches) and a height of 1485 mm (58.4 inches), the new C5 X is smaller than its German rivals. It offers 545 liters (19.2 cubic feet) of cargo volume behind the rear seats, which can be expanded to 1,640 liters (57.9 cubic feet) after folding down the rear seats to allow for a flat floor.
The quirky exterior styling is inspired by the 2016 Cxperience concept, while the interior is packed with all the tech Citroën has to offer right now. There’s a 12-inch touchscreen for infotainment and a generously sized heads-up display with augmented reality support. A fully digital instrument panel is also on board, and you still have separate physical controls for the climate settings.
A variety of gasoline engines are planned, but Citroën is putting forward the plug-in hybrid powertrain with 225 horsepower and more than 50 kilometers (31 miles) of electric range. With the combustion engine off, the PHEV model can run at speeds of up to 135 km / h (84 mph), which is more than most of us will ever need.
Suitable for a flagship, the new C5 X is equipped with the exclusive Citroën Advanced Comfort suspension, the plug-in hybrid version pushing things further by integrating an active suspension. It has what the French automaker calls progressive hydraulic cushions, which, corroborated with these comfortable seats, should allow for a silky ride even on bumpy surfaces.
The Citroën C5 X will go on sale in Europe in the second half of the year.