This is the new Citroën C5 Aircross… facelift

By jaytee, 06 January 2023

This is the new Citroën C5 Aircross… facelift

Singapore - And here it is. This is the new, facelifted, Citroën C5 Aircross. Following the success of the 1.2-litre Cat A friendly C5 Aircross earlier last year, it’s the only engine available in this new facelift model. Though you do get a new metallic “Eclipse Blue” paint scheme. Prices for the C5 Aircross 1.2 begin and end at S$153,999, because there is only one variant on sale.

On the face of things, the new generation car gets an all-new grille and LED headlamp design. The front bumper has been updated and now has a wider air dam with larger air curtain intakes. Where the previous generation C5 Aircross headlamps were split, this new design sees a unified cluster that has a new DRL pattern. The grille itself is now a cohesive unit as well, with a more prominent Citroën logo done up in gloss black with chrome surrounds.

The car still has the same ‘airbump” side skirts and rear diffuser made out of durable rugged plastic as the pre-facelift model. The tail lamp housing is broadly similar to the one on the outgoing car, but the internal lighting elements have been updated. The headlamps and tail lamps also feature vertical strakes within them, akin to the keys on a piano.

The changes on the interior are more prominent, or they would be in time to come. Earlier versions of the C5 Aircross would come with an identical infotainment screen and dashboard as the outgoing car. But as time goes on, newer models will get a new floating infotainment screen with different HVAC vents. Instrument binnacle and digital gauge cluster will be a mainstay.

On the centre console, gone is the banana shaped gear selector and instead, Citroën has opted to use a rocker switch that looks very similar to the one in the new Peugeot e-2008 EV. But the C5 Aircross retains the 12V socket and USB ports in the previous car.

Its worth noting that the seats in the C5 Aircross are upgraded too, with features such as the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions and Advanced Comfort Seats being standard options on the car.

The Citroën C5 Aircross is built atop the same PSA EMP2 platform as the previous car, just like the Peugeot 3008 and 7-seater 5008 SUV. All of which are spawned from the Stellantis family tree.

The 1.2-litre engine produces 130 horsepower and 230Nm of torque, routed through an 8-speed gearbox. If you must know, 0-100km/h takes 10.3 seconds. It’s a powertrain that has served us faithfully in our review of both the 3008 and 5008, but we’ll be taking the car for a review in time to come so stay tuned.

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