• Oct 18th 2007 at 3:34PM
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The wraps are off of the new Citroen C5, and as with many designs hailing France; you either love it or loathe it. Naturally, the new model is stretched both in length and width, and comes equipped with Citroen's third-generation hydraulic suspension that adjusts on the fly, soaking up bumps in the pavement and firming up when the going gets twisty.

The C5 finds motivation from one of three different gasoline powerplants: either a 127 hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder, a 143 hp 2.0-liter four, or a 215 hp 3.0-liter V6. Diesel offerings include four different oil burners ranging from 110 hp to 208 hp in the new HDI V6.

The new Citroen C5 won't be officially unveiled until the Brussels Motor Show in January, with sales to begin later next year. All the details are available in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Citroen]



Citroën is making business and family motoring even more alluring as it lifts the wraps off the brand new C5 in Paris. Unveiled to the world in both saloon and estate versions, the new C5 benefits from a completely new approach by Citroën's designers who have combined Teutonic-like levels of quality, styling and handling with the highest standards of comfort, safety and in-car technology for which the Company is already renowned.

The all-new C5 conveys a real sense of prestige, with the state-of-the-art design in a classic thoroughbred saloon. Following the success of the innovative C4 Picasso, Citroën's new C5 also introduces a range of new features such as a second-generation fixed-centred controls steering wheel, a seat back massage function and a choice of suspension set-ups.

Set to arrive in the UK in early 2008, the new C5 embodies the progress that Citroën has made in recent years, and will more than satisfy the requirements of buyers of large cars in terms of both quality and reliability. A powerful addition to the Company's impressive car line-up, it ensures that Citroën is strongly represented in the large family car sector, one of the UK's biggest market sectors with over a third of a million sales last year.

With its long, sleek body, sculpted lines and high waist, the new C5's striking styling gives it a true sense of status. The front end is characterised by the large air-intakes and long incisive headlamps that flank the prominent chrome chevrons and assert the C5's identity. From the back, the distinctive concave window and two-part boomerang lights give it a purposeful, determined impression.

Longer and wider than the model it replaces, the new C5 has real on-the-road presence, with an aerodynamic profile that alludes to the car's dynamic qualities and accomplished road handling. Measuring 4.78m long (the estate is 5cm longer), 1.86m wide and 1.45m tall, the new C5 imposes itself at the top end of the large family car segment.

The interior of the new C5 offers occupants an environment that exudes refinement, comfort and style. The same taut, flowing lines seen on the exterior are replicated inside in the detailing around the doors and dashboard, echoing the pursuit of quality throughout the car.

The attractive styling is exemplified by the instrument panel design, where annular needles run around each of the dials, allowing an electronic display unit to be integrated in the centre of each dial. Additionally, a screen on the overhead console displays an illustration on start-up, symbolising the car, its five seats and the seatbelt warnings.

The new C5 introduces a second-generation fixed-centred controls steering wheel, with membrane-covered controls, providing easy access to key functions such as the cruise control, radio or telephone. The model can also be specified with Citroën's new-generation NaviDrive system, featuring a 7-inch central display screen and voice activation of the built-in GSM telephone, audio system and satellite navigation.

Large Citroëns are well known for providing the highest standards of occupant comfort, and the new C5 is no different, with special attention having been paid to the acoustics, suspension and seating.

The new C5 features levels of soundproofing that more than match any of its competitors. Specifically, the measures taken include acoustic barriers on the body and door surrounds, an acoustic windscreen, laminated side windows, reinforced absorbent body and roof linings, and damped mountings as developed for the C6.

With a view to offering the optimum mix of comfort and dynamics, the C5 has been developed to offer a choice of two suspension set-ups based on the running gear of the ultra-smooth C6 executive saloon. The metallicsuspension strikes an excellent balance between comfort and road-holding and features a double wishbone layout at the front and multilink set-up at the rear.

Citroën's acclaimed Hydractive 3 Plusself-levelling suspension features springing and damping that adjusts instantaneously to offer a cosseting ride, whatever the road conditions. A soft mode provides optimum comfort while a firmer mode delivers greater body control. A "Sport" mode can also be selected for an even more dynamic ride.

Further contributing to a relaxed journey, certain versions can be specified with a driver's seat back massage function. The front seats are fully adjustable, with either manual or electric controls, while rear passengers benefit from generous amounts of legroom - the absence of a central tunnel ensures a flat floor throughout the rear.

Typically for a Citroën, the new C5 is extremely well specified. Cruise control and a speed limiter are fitted as standard, while Hydractive 3 Plus versions are equipped with an automatic electric parking-brake and hill-start assist. For ease of parking, the C5 is also available with front and rear parking sensors, as well as a parking gap assistance system that determines the size of any available space and informs the driver.

The current C5 is one of the safest cars on the road and its successor is well set to follow in its tracks. New C5 is equipped with the very latest Citroën safety technology, including up to nine airbags, providing the occupants with reassuring levels of protection in the event of an accident. The stiffened body and cabin structure incorporates upper and lower absorbers at the front end to soak up the energy released in the event of impact.

The new C5 is the first in the range to be equipped with a collapsible pedal assembly - in the event of an impact the brake and clutch pedals retract into the floor of the footwell to limit injury to the driver's legs and feet. A retractable steering column is also fitted.

The driver and passengers are protected by front, side and curtain airbags, together with the option of additional rear side airbags. The fixed central hub of the steering wheel ensures that the optimally-shaped driver's airbag is always deployed at the right angle, while a knee airbag provides improved protection for the driver's legs.

Control in difficult conditions is aided by the C5's advanced braking system - Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Emergency Braking Assistance, ABS and ESP are all fitted as standard. Citroën's much lauded Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) is available on some versions, warning drivers when the car unintentionally crosses lane markings.

Improved visibility at night is provided by the C5's enhanced headlight system. A static AFS (Adaptive Front Lighting System) function incorporates an additional light source that improves visibility and safety on corners and at junctions. A dynamic AFS option is available on models equipped with Xenon dual-function directional headlamps, further improving visibility to 105˚ at low speeds.

Citroën's new C5 is a child friendly environment with Isofix anchor points on up to three seats, four one-touch electric windows with an anti-pinch function and an electric child-safety lock for the rear doors and windows, all fitted as standard.

To meet the full range of driver needs and preferences, the new C5 is available with a wide choice of engines. The petrol powerplants include 127bhp 1.8i 16V and 143bhp 2.0i 16V units,while there are four HDi diesel engines – HDi 110, HDi 138, HDi 173 and HDi V6 208 units – each fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter System that virtually eliminates particle emissions. A selection of manual or automatic gearboxes is offered.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This car shows why it's France 10, everybody else nil, when it comes to style (okay Italy 8). It's a family-class sedan, and still has imagination. It's a mondeo, with that bit of extra zing. Imagine if they could get a decent engine rear-wheel drive combo and put out a proper sporting machine....
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really like the overall look but it does look WAY too much like a Mondeo with an Audi tail on it to be called original. Still, I do like the look of the final product.
      • 7 Years Ago
      IMO it would be a great mistake for French makes (the same for Italian ones) to dive now into the American market, given that you'll soon have to pay 3 USD to get 2 euros. I still wonder how, say, VW or Mercedes can make profit in America; at least they have an existing sales network.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Citroen was always ugly as hell. The new Citroen looks great. Good to see Citroen buck the ugly looking trend they have had forever. European designers are on a roll. Lots of good looking cars hitting the roads in Europe.
      I hope our American companys take notice here in the US.
      • 7 Years Ago
      sporty that up a bit, give it 300+hp, and AWD...

      That could be a pretty cool car.

      I think the convex-concave rear glass is cool.

      I didn't realize that the center of the steering wheel stays centered, while the wheel turns.

      Steerable headlights, hydraulic suspension, lots of citroen staples that are very interesting bits of tech.

      Sometimes I wonder why some of those "Citroen" things haven't been adopted by other companies, in some form..

      I have to say that their designs are striking, and original, which is more than I can say for some other companies' designs. I like the C-sportlounge (IIRC) concept, too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love it! When does it come to dealers in the US?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ugh. French cars are CHEAP-ly built with CHEAP interiors. I really cannot understand why French cars get so much attention. I highly doubt that the C5 will be as solid as the Mondeo. And I also doubt that any European seriously considering the C5's competitors would choose it. (outside of France of course, where "everyone" drives French cars).
        • 7 Years Ago
        And yet my family's driven nothing but Renaults for the past seventeen years with not much else but regular maintenance needed.

        French cars can be troublesome, definitely, and the interior quality can make a Pontiac feel like the BMW it wishes it was; but they aren't untouchable if you're careful with your choice (no Lagunas, 307s - or so I've heard) and/or lucky.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The current Citroen C5 and the C6 are the safest cars on the marked and i guarantee you that the new C5 will be the safest car on the road. One can tell that you never driven nither of them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, this looks even better than the cabrio concept! Probably the best looking citroen in a long time, and for once PSA has a car that looks good. Consiering what else is in this class (mondeo, laguna, passat, vectra etc) it has more than adequate power, and is the only one that has a V6 diesel engine. And 210 hp is a LOT for this kind of car in europe. Not to mention the hydractive suspension, which is basically a unique feature in this class. So I have to agree with Citroen on this one, that this is truly a class leading vehicle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the styling direction Audi should consider. I like this car but it seems like it's going to be way underpowered.
        • 7 Years Ago
        same though crossed my mind.

        i was thinking maybe Audi should get a lesson from this designer, and stopped playing it safe
      • 7 Years Ago
      If not for the ridiculously-high belt line, this would be a beautiful car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the looks, they're better than the C6.
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