Voilà! The first shots of the new Citroen C5, likely to make its official debut later this year at the Frankfurt Show in September, with sales starting at the end of 2007 or in early 2008.

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Voilà! The first shots of the new Citroen C5, likely to make its official debut later this year at the Frankfurt Show in September, with sales starting at the end of 2007 or in early 2008.

Featuring a wider track and lower profile, the code-named X7 will have a much more aggressive appearance than today’s car. Like its predecessor, the new C5 will be equipped with hydraulic suspension, automatic parking brake, LED taillights and the AFIL system.

Built in Rennes-la-Janais, the new model will share engines, gearboxes and numerous other components with the Peugeot 407, though Citroen states that 99 per cent of all visible parts will be specifically designed for the new C5. Most-wanted engines will certainly be the diesels again which will be available as 2.0- and 2.2-litre HDIs (150 and 170 bhp) plus the sophisticated 2.7-litre V6 HDI with 208 bhp.

With an overall-length of 4.75 metres, the new C5 will be yet another strong competitor to the also-new Renault Laguna 3. The interior will be characterised by a wider, more sporty yet elegant dashboard incorporating two LCD-screens – one in the centre-console and one right behind the steering wheel.

Like the C6, C4 and all-new Picasso, the next-generation C5 will get a four-spoke steering wheel with a fixed centre section housing numerous controls for all kinds of functions.

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