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Despite the avalanche of SUV on the market, Citroën maintains the cap of the sedan, but not necessarily classic. Thus, the 3rd generation of C5 will play the card of the originality and comfort of living room. By Florian Chopin Illustrations Jean-François Hubert
Who said the classic sedan was dead? Of course, SUVs dominate outrageously the sales and abound on our roads in all possible forms: family, compact, cut ... All segments of the market have paid the price, and to survive, it is necessary to adapt. This is the case for the so-called classic sedan. Some have chosen to cross it with the universe of coupes to give it dynamism. Others have chosen a more iconoclastic aesthetic path. This is the case of Citroën with its future C5. Indeed, the 3rd generation, which will arrive at the end of 2018, will have nothing to do with the previous versions.
From classic tricorps saloon, the car will transform into elegant hatchbacks. Alexandre Malval, responsible for the style of the brand, had been clear on this point when we met him at the Paris Motor Show last October: "We want to connect with the heritage of Citroën, Sedan without a traditional trunk. "This C5 III will draw inspiration from its illustrious elders who, from the DS to the XM, have made the image of the family sedan with rafters.
On the purely stylistic side, the CXperience concept, presented in Paris, will serve as a base with its generously rounded wings, its simple yet generous patterns, its soft and elegant lines and its technological look. Inside, the machine will benefit from a particularly careful treatment. The large chairs resembling contemporary design lounge chairs can accommodate headrests incorporating loudspeakers. On the colour and material side, the designers will offer a wide range of materials that are both innovative and warm.
The technology will also be cited via large screens. The first will be tactile to control the info-entertainment. Let's bet that all the physical buttons will not have completely disappeared. The other screen will face the driver. It will be a 12.3-inch digital panel, incorporating Peugeot's i-cockpit technology. However, the animations and the presentation of the information will be different.
The rear passengers will be at their ease. Resting on the longest wheelbase proposed by the EMP2 technical base (2.84 m), the C5 III will offer a nice space for the legs. As for the chest, if no one in the brand management speaks of a tailgate, the hatchback of the craft clearly implies this type of opening. Alexandre Malval did not tell us more, but he told us that Citroën will not make concession to the practical aspect. Moreover, the concave bezel is, according to the designers, not a brake to this type of opening. And the proposed cut on the CXperience concept (see page 16) gives part of the answer ...
For the mechanical part, the technical basis #EMP2
will be used for the first time on this segment by Citroën. It will allow to contain the weight, but also to integrate electric modules to associate the gasoline engine with one or two electric motors (in the case of an integral version). For the most crescent versions, the cumulative power can reach 300 hp and the autonomy in all electric exceed 50 km. It should be noted that, in order to ensure good aerodynamic support, a wing could be deployed at a certain speed, as on the C6.
The opinion of Florian Chopin Citroën has always marked its difference by an original style and a strong technical choice. The future C5 will check the first box. For the second, the EMP2 platform associated with the Advanced Comfort could make forget the hydropneumatic suspension.
To give a more modern look, the door handles will be concealed and will retract at the slightest pressure.
Citroën is expected to offer a version of nearly 300 hp by combining a petrol block with two electric motors, one of which will be located on the rear axle.
Despite a reduced rear overhang, the trunk volume will be very correct and could offer an opening via a tailgate. The concave bezel is technically not disturbing.
The C5 III will use the same wheelbase as that proposed by the C4 Grand Picasso. With 2.84 m, this is the longest available on the EMP2 platform.
Beginning in 2019, the rechargeable hybrid system will reach 300bhp and will be combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Estimated price: from 27 000 €
The Big Citroën sedans
DS (1955-1975) Attraction of the 1955 Paris Salon, the DS is a UFO. Nearly 12,000 people will order on the first day of its presentation ... Citroën will sell about 1.5 million copies.
CX (1974-1991) Car of the year 1975, the car leaves the factories of Aulnay-sous-Bois at the moment when Citroën is bought by Peugeot. It will sell nearly 1.2 million, including about 600 in the United States ...
XM (1989-2000) Like its predecessor, the XM takes the title of car of the year (1990). But unlike the CX, it was able to have a V6 (PRV) up to 200 hp. It will run to almost 350,000 units.
C5 (2001-2008 / 2008-2018) If the first version, hatchback, was recognized for its physical, the 2nd generation, with traditional trunk, was greeted for its elegant style. The latter will be manufactured and sold in China. In total, more than 1.3 million units were sold.
C6 (2005-2012) Its style, with a short rear overhang and a concave rear window, is inspired by the concept car C6 Lignage, presented in 1999. A head-up display appears. It will only be produced at 23,400 units.