Citroen reveals the new C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid with a combined 222bhp, 31-mile electric range and prices starting at £35,340.
Another day and another plug-in hybrid is revealed to get buyers to move to partial EV motoring, this time it’s the new Citroen C5 Aircross plug-in Hybrid.
Just like every other car maker, Citroen needs to flog plug-ins and EVs to keep their average official emissions in check, and the new plug-in take on the C5 Aircross delivers that with official emissions of just 39g/km, which also means and equally unrealistic official economy of 166mpg.
Under the bonnet there’s a 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 178bhp mated to a gearbox-mounted electric for a total output of 222bhp delivered through the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Citroen say you can run to 84mph on EV only and it’ll take a couple of hours to charge the battery from a 7kW wallbox.
Citroen has given the suspension of the C5 plug-in a bit of a tweak including a new multi-link back axle and Hydraulic Cushion suspension, promising more Citroen-esque floating.
Inside you get Citroen’s Advanced Comfort seats and the same sliding and folding back seats you get in the ICE C5, although the batteries cut boot space by around 20 per cent, and there are goodies like new graphics for the digital instruments and infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a new drive mode selector offering EV, Hybrid and Sport.
The new Citroen C5 Aircross Plug-in Hybrid costs from £35,340, but won’t arrive in the UK until summer 2020.