Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV concept revealed

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The Citroen C5 Aircross Plug-in Hybrid concept has been revealed ahead of its public debut at the Paris motor show next month.

In terms of its design, the concept is clearly based on the standard C5 Aircross, though it gets blacked-out wheels, a cool blue-themed body wrap, and blue accents for the lower front bumper and side skirts.

Power comes from a 134kW turbocharged petrol engine mated to an 80kW electric motor located between the engine and gearbox, sending drive to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Combined power output for the plug-in hybrid system is rated at 168kW, while Citroen only mentions the electric motor’s torque figure of 337Nm in the press materials.

A 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack allows for a claimed zero-emissions driving range of up to 50km, while the C5 Aircross PHEV can remain in electric mode at speeds of up to 135km/h. The battery can be charged in two hours using a 32A wall box.

Citroen claims the hybrid SUV will return 2.0L/100km and emit just 50g of CO2 per kilometre, representing a 40 per cent fuel saving over a conventional combustion-powered model.

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