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Speaking to Australian media at the launch of the new-generation Citroen C4 crossover, Citroen’s Australian representatives confirmed its larger C5 X sibling would also be coming Down Under.
The C5 X is described by Citroen as a sleek fasbtback with an SUV-inspired raised driving position, and it will take its place as the brand’s flagship model in Australia in Q3 2022 as a kind of alternative to Peugeot’s 508 fastback and wagon.
Citroen Australia representatives said: “We’re excited about C5 X – we’re in the planning stages at the moment. It touches on a lot of the classic Citroen design points.”
When asked if the plug-in hybrid model available in Europe would be coming to Australia, the brand said: “What we’re working through is getting the specification right. The PHEV is absolutely on the table. We’ll be able to provide further information closer to the launch."
The C5 X was revealed earlier this year in both traditional combustion and plug-in hybrid forms. The traditional combustion version is expected to dip into its Stellantis parent company for a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to an Aisin eight-speed transmission (the same combo used in the Peugeot 508 range with which the C5 X will share a platform).
Meanwhile, the PHEV pushes to 168kW of hybrid power while allowing for over 50km of range in its purely electric mode, up to 135km/h. It is worth noting that the PHEV version of the Peugeot 508 will be coming to Australia in early 2022.
Elsewhere, the C5 X also offers a relatively large 12-inch multimedia touchscreen, USB-C connectivity, a digital dashboard, a safety suite capable of Level 2 autonomy, and 545 litres (VDA) of boot space.
Citroen’s strategy for its recent products has been to launch in Australia with a single highly specified variant, as seen with the single C4 crossover grade, but it remains to be seen if this means the C5 X will be a single drivetrain or single variant affair. Either way, we wouldn’t be surprised to see pricing similar to if not higher than the $56,990 MSRP currently asked for the Peugeot 508 GT.
Despite selling just 112 units year-to-date in Australia, Citroen’s local team stressed that the brand was here to stay despite a tough 2021, saying there is a Citroen customer in Australia seeking something different, and that it would be able to capitalise on design and comfort as the brand’s key appeal.
Regardless, it will not be seeking to import other models from its right-hand-drive catalogue overseas, like the Grand C4 Spacetourer people mover or Berlingo light commercial vehicle.
Stay tuned for local pricing and features closer to the C5 X launch in 2022.