Citroën declines its C5 as a plug-in hybrid

Citroën is back in the large sedan segment. The chevron brand has taken out of its boxes the C5, abandoned in 2017, to bring it up to date. In addition to a major facelift, the engine also switches to the rechargeable hybrid. The new C5 X Hybrid takes up some aesthetic elements of its predecessor but leans dangerously towards the SUV. Its large rims, its marked wheel arches and its large size are all elements that tend to confuse the issues.

Inside, on the other hand, it is much wiser with an interior organized around two screens. The 7-inch one is dedicated to instrumentation and can be supplemented with a head-up display. In the center, the main screen varies from 10 to 12 inches depending on the trim level of the vehicle. Citroën clearly seeks to go upmarket on its C5, but surprisingly, the manufacturer does not give in to touch controls like its recent competitors and even the headliner of large sedans, the Mercedes S-Class.

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Under the hood, there will be a wide variety of engines offered for sale, but it is the PHEV version that stands out. Citroën has not yet given all the details on its technical choices but it is likely that they are similar to the C5 Aircross, that is to say a double engine, Puretech of 180 hp coupled with an electric motor of 110 hp. As for the battery, here too Citroën should dig into its reserves and opt for a 13 kWh model allowing to hope for about 50 km of autonomy.

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The new C5 X Hybrid should be marketed in the second quarter of 2021. Its price has not yet been revealed.

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