Citroën axed the C5 midsize sedan earlier this year in April, thus also spelling the end of the complex hydropneumatic suspension. The third generation is not due in the near future as the company’s boss, Linda Jackson, has revealed during the Frankfurt Motor Show an all-new version is slated to come out in 2020.
We are obviously talking about the Euro-spec version as the C5 continues to exist in China where it was facelifted at the beginning of the year and shown at Auto Shanghai in April. Pictured here, the refresh for the CN-spec C5 brought quite a few changes on the outside, including a new look for the headlights and taillights, slightly revised front grille, and different bumpers. Bigger modifications occurred inside the cabin where the car received an all-digital instrument cluster and an eight-inch infotainment system.
Engine choices include a turbocharged 1.6-liter with 165 horsepower (123 kilowatts) and 245 Newton-meters (181 pound-feet) of torque and a larger 1.8-liter unit developing 201 hp (150 kW) and 280 Nm (207 lb-ft). The first one enables the C5 to hit 62 mph (100 kph) in 9.8 seconds whereas the more powerful model completes the task in 8.3 seconds.
The reason why a new C5 for Europe won’t arrive until the end of the decade has to do with the fact the PSA Group has bigger fish to fry right now. The decision to make DS a standalone luxury brand has created some gaps in the lineup, which are now being filled. The company's chief went on to specify the purchase of Opel / Vauxhall won't have an impact on Citroën's new model roadmap.
Europeans won’t have to wait until 2020 to get a C5-badged model as the C5 Aircross will land on the old continent towards the end of 2018, following the model’s launch next month in China. The SUV heralds a newly developed two-step suspension with two hydraulic stops, one for rebound and the other for compression. Interestingly, Linda Jackson said the new suspension will be installed exclusively in Citroën models, which means future Opel cars won’t be able to take advantage of the new tech.
Those in the market for a new midsize model from the PSA Group should be on the look for the Peugeot 508 slated for a 2018 release with a much more attractive design as it will drop the conventional sedan body style for a sleeker fastback shape.
Source: Automotive News