Citroen has unveiled today in Paris the all-new C5 in both sedan and estate versions. Set to launch in the UK early 2008, the new C5 carries over design cues first shown in the C5 Airscape Concept from this past Frankfurt Motor Show. With a greater sense of presence through a longer sleeker body with a high waist line and more aggressive front end, the C5 measures 4.78m long (the estate is 5cm longer), 1.86m wide and 1.45m tall.
Besides new features and improvements including next-gen NaviDrive system, featuring a 7-inch central display screen, new steering wheel controls, seat back massage, Hydractive 3 Plus self-leveling suspension, Lane Departure Warning System, Adaptive Front Lighting System with Xenon headlamps, the C5 has received a lot of attention in bringing it up to level with the competition.
Judging by the photos it appears Citroen has made a major improvement with the design, build quality and materials of the interior which seems on par with Audi. Citroen has also increased sound deadening for greater cabin comfort and acoustics as well as improving the instrument panel with a fancy overhead console display and annular needles in the instrument cluster dials.
With regards to safety, the C5 has nine airbags, collapsible pedal assembly plus a host of electronic aids such as Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Emergency Braking Assistance, ABS and ESP - all fitted as standard.
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.