Details of the Citroen C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid SUV have been announced marking the French brand’s first step towards electrification.
Power comes from a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine combined with a 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a transmission-mounted electric motor. In total, the system produces 165kW and 320Nm.
A new eight-speed automatic transmission, already deployed by sister brand Peugeot, takes care of the shifts. It has a regenerative brake feature that amplifies deceleration of the vehicle without pressing the brake pedal, this allows recovery of the energy available during braking and deceleration phases.
When the battery is fully charged, the C5 Aircross PHEV has a pure electric driving range of up to 50km (WLTP cycle), while fuel usage is rated at 1.7L/100km on the combined cycle.  
Recharging the battery takes seven hours via a domestic socket with that number reduced to less than two hours with an optional Wall Box.
Underneath, Citroen has tweaked the chassis by using a new multi-link rear axle and the brand’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension system.
At this stage, the Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV is being evaluated for the Australian market.
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