Citroën has unveiled significant changes to C5 Aircross, including an updated front-end design that features a new interpretation of the iconic Citroën logo. Positioned in the centre of the grille, the updated badging is not the only noticeable feature of the new-look C5 Aircross. Citreon says that the V-shaped LED daytime running light signature gives a hi-tech, stronger-looking 3D effect to the front lights, whilst the upright design of the front grille adds to the robust stance of the vehicle.

There’s also a new C5 Aircross colour called Eclipse Blue. The new colours of the Colour Packs feature on the front air intakes and the Airbump panels. Four new Colour Packs are available: Glossy Black, Dark Chrome, Anodised Bronze and Anodised Blue.

The C5 Aircross gets a new 10-inch touchscreen, which Citroen says improves ergonomics by offering direct-access to climate control functions and is positioned higher on the dashboard.

The central console has been modernised, with a black leather-effect material and chrome touches that underline the new layout of the controls. There is the new, hi-tech e-Toggle gear selector, a new driving mode selection button (incl. the Grip Control function). The central console also integrates a large storage compartment housing connectivity solutions, with two USB-ports and a wireless charger.

New C5 Aircross is equipped with the new generation of Citroën Advanced Comfort seats already present in the new C4. Composed of high-density foam in the core of the seat, with an extra 15mm layer of foam and a specific structure, Citroën Advanced Comfort seats offer the very best in terms of passenger and driver comfort, according to Citreon.

The ‘Metropolitan Black’ Ambiance replaces the ‘Metropolitan Grey’ Ambiance, with a new black grained leather and new grey leather-effect fabric, and the ‘Hype Black’ Ambiance has been refreshed, with a subtle blend between the new perforated ‘Paloma’ leather and ‘Blue Nappa’ leather.

For the very first time in New Zealand, the New C5 Aircross Facelift will be offered with a petrol plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain. This new model will be the first Citroen to be launched in New Zealand from Spring 2022.

The PHEV further has a full electric-mode range of 55Km (final figure TBC for NZ), combined with the 225 hp and 320 Nm of torque.

The New Zealand launch is planned from Winter 2022 (July/August) for the petrol variant and Spring 2022 (Sept/Oct) for the PHEV – further details on pricing, specifications and ETA will be communicated closer to that time, says Citroen.

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