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A Citroën with the X-Factor


Citroën’s new C5 X models.

Citroën’s new C5 X models.

Citroën’s new C5 X models.

Citroën’s new C5 X is a unique vehicle in the D-segment, combining all the modernity and appeal of an SUV, the elegance and status of an up-market saloon, and the versatility and practicality of an estate.

New C5 X not only represents a look into the future for the Citroën brand (thanks to its new advanced technologies), but it is also a moment to celebrate the brand’s rich heritage and the story of innovative large Citroëns, such as CX and XM.

In addition to its head-turning good looks, new C5 X offers unrivalled comfort in the D-segment thanks to the Citroën Advanced Comfort Programme, Citroën Advanced Comfort Seats and Citroën Advanced Comfort Suspension.

Inspired by the CXperience concept car, as well as cars like XM and CX, new C5 X is clearly a modern Citroën. The new chevron badging, with flowing 3D LED daylight running lights, helps to emphasise the clamshell design of the bonnet from the front, while the entire vehicle profile has been developed with aerodynamic efficiency in mind. new C5 X models feature 19-inch alloy wheels as standard that help improve efficiency, while low rolling resistance tyres further improve fuel economy.

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Measuring 4.8m long, 1.5m tall and 1.8m wide, New C5 X is available with a choice of six metallic and pearlescent body colours, as well as the option of a bi-tone roof.

New new model features Citroën’s most advanced extended head-up display. The system projects all essential driving information in colour directly onto the windscreen (4.5meters ahead in the driver’s line of sight), significantly improving safety and peace-of-mind, as the driver can keep their eyes on the road at all times. Drivers can choose to display key information such as navigation, driving assistance systems and speed information directly onto the windscreen in front to them.

New C5 X also debuts Citroën’s enhanced infotainment system. An ultra-wide, 12-inch HD touchscreen with ambient backlighting is home to ‘My Citroën Drive Plus’, which has been designed with optimum ergonomic efficiency and smartphone compatibility in mind – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard across the range.

Safety is assured via the latest technologies, including Active Safety Brake, Collision Risk Alert, 360-Vision, Long Range Blind Spot Monitoring System, Highway Integrated Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Active Lane Departure Warning System and Extended Traffic Sign Recognition and Speed Recommendation.

New C5 X Plug-in Hybrid variants see the suspension upgraded to Advanced Comfort Active Suspension, which features automatic electronically controlled damping for an even smoother ride. Drivers can also choose between Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes with the suspension tailored for each setting.

Plug-in Hybrid versions combine a 1.6-litre 180 PureTech petrol engine with an 81kW electric motor for a total power output of 225hp and 360Nm of torque. Capable of up to 60 km, new C5 X Plug-in Hybrid is ideal for fleet and business customers, as well as user-choosers, thanks to emissions as low as 30g/km.

New C5 X Plug-in Hybrid models come as standard with a 7.4kW Type 2 charging cable for use at home or at public charging points. Using the 7.4kW on-board charger, a full charge can be completed in just 1 hour and 40 minutes.

The Plug-in Hybrid variants are sold alongside two efficient petrol engines – 130 PureTech and 180 PureTech petrol engines are available from launch, and all new C5 X models are sold exclusively with one of Citroën’s smooth EAT8 8-speed automatic transmissions.

Hyundai celebrates strong sales

Despite a decrease in industry demand, Hyundai Motor Europe celebrated very strong sales results in Europe in the first half of 2022, according to the latest data from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). During this period, the company’s market share grew to a record-breaking 4.7 per cent, up one percentage point compared to last year.
Overall, Hyundai sold 263,005 units in the EU, EFTA and the UK from January to June 2022, an 8.2 per cent increase compared to the same timeframe in 2021.

With the widest range of zero-emission vehicles on the market, Hyundai is a leader in electrification. At 16 per cent, electrified models make up a bigger proportion of its sales in Europe than ever before, and the company’s EV models have made a significant contribution to its overall sales success. One of the main drivers for this is the KONA Electric, which began production at Hyundai’s HMMC production plant in Europe in 2020.

Hyundai is confident its share of electrified models sales will continue to grow in the months ahead. Since launching last year, IONIQ 5 has won a number of prestigious awards, while the IONIQ 6 Electrified Streamliner will soon arrive on the market.