The French automaker Citroën has facelifted its flagship C5 Aircross SUV in India, after teasing its launch last week. It gets a minor overhaul in interior and exterior design elements, apart from a price bump. Critically acclaimed to be the most comfortable SUV in its class, the Aircross will be available as only the top of the line ‘Shine’ guise in the country.
The new C5 Aircross’ Design Changes:
The C5 Aircross now comes with a sharper front design, what the automaker calls a more ‘vertical’ approach. There is a new headlight and daytime running light setup connected to the new Citroën logo with a ‘piano key’ strip inlayed in gloss-black lacquer. Lower down, it also gets a new glossy aluminium skid plate with opened up air curtains right on top of it.
Citroën’s new SUV retains its prominent wheel arch claddings and distinctive roof rails. At the side, there are new 18-inch diamond cut alloys with chrome and glossy black trims spread all along its profile, giving it an upmarket look.
The rear does not see much change except for a new 3-D tail lamp design, keeping in line with the updates up front. The C5 Aircross will also now be available with a new ‘Eclipse blue’ body colour option.
On the inside, major changes appear in terms of the layout, including a new 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, floating on an expansive faux-leather dashboard. AC vents, now with a sharp, horizontal design are located below the screen. In addition to that, the driver gets a 12.3-inch digital display with a new e-toggle gear selector and drive mode selector.
The Citroën C5 Aircross is powered by a 2L diesel fire breather churning out 147hp and 400Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. It comes equipped with Citroën’s “Progressive Hydraulic Cushion” suspension, giving it a near carpet-like driving feel. With front and rear disc brakes, the C5 also gets other safety features like 6 airbags and front-rear parking sensors.
Citroën’s flagship SUV will be available as of date at all showrooms for INR 36.67Lakhs (ex-showroom). It competes with rivals such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, Skoda Kodiaq, MG Gloster and the Hyundai Tucson among others.