All-New Citroen C5 Aircross ‘Leaked’ Exterior, Interior Images Before Its Debut At Shanghai Auto Show

Apr 15, 2017 05:10 AM EDT | Andrew Davis

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Images of the all-new Citroen C5 Aircross have somehow found its way out in the open days before is official debut at the Shanghai Auto Show. Made as an alternative to the automaker's Peugeot 3008 and the Nissan Qashqai, the new model will be called "SUV offensive."

The first images were first "leaked" by Autoweek.nl, a Dutch auto website, and then found its way on other online automotive news. It showcases both the exterior and interior of the upcoming SUV.

At first glance, you'd immediately remember the Aircross concept that was shown two years ago in Shanghai, to which the C5 was heavily inspired on. However, the upcoming SUV has ditched the 2015 concept's pillar design and dropped the rear-hinged "suicide" doors. Instead, the all-new Citroen C5 Aircross sports a pair of conventional doors.

Other than that, the C5 has adapted the chunky "Airbumps" mounted on the lower half of the doors. In fact, Citroen also calls this upcoming SUV as "people-minded." In a nutshell, the top agenda are the comfort and well-being of its drivers and passengers.

Hence, the SUV will have a super comfortable suspension with the company's "Progressive Hydraulic Cushions." In simple terms, the bumps and ruts on the road will be smoothed out completely, making you feel like you are driving on cloud 9.

Meanwhile, the interior will have ample leg room. And based on the images, the all-new Citroen C5 Aircross will have the same virtual dash, minor switchgear, infotainment system, and gear selector as that with the Peugeot 3008. There will also be a plush-looking 5-seat interior with leather upholstery.

Other than the "leaked" images, there are no details as regards the SUV's drivetrain. But the all-new Citroen C5 Aircross could more or less be based on the EMP2 platform. If this will be the case, this SUV will be a close relative of the Peugeot 5008.

Also, the C5 is expected to be built at the automaker's facility in Rennes, France. And production is set to begin in 2018.

The all-new Citroen C5 Aircross will go on sale in the second half of 2018 in China and in Europe by the end of 2018, before launching globally by 2019. We'll know more details next week at the Shanghai Auto Show, so stay tuned.

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