At the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, open to the public between 6 and 16 March, Citroën is unveiling two new models: the C5 Tourer and the New Berlingo. The C5 Tourer is a variation on the new C5, combining style, space, functional design and performance, while the New Berlingo is an ultra-functional family car.
The C5 estate boasts elegant and dynamic exterior styling, with a stylish front end identical to that of the saloon and a rear end of determined, powerful appearance. The body style reveals a strong identity and real versatility.
The flowing profile of the C5 estate expresses a perfect balance. The vehicle is 4.83m long, 1.86m wide and 1.48m tall. The proportions are generous but the additional volume has no impact on the overall lines. Reflecting the sculpted design of the saloon, the rear end features geometric shapes that suggest width and convenience from a horizontal perspective, while maintaining an elegant and dynamic appearance. The new C5 estate expresses values that will appeal to customers looking for modern concepts tailored to their lifestyles.
The C5 is offered with a range of three petrol engines: 127 bhp DIN 1.8i 16V, 143 bhp DIN 2.0i 16V, 215 bhp DIN 3.0i V6 and four HDI engines: HDi 110 DPFS, HDi 138 DPFS, HDi 173 DPFS, HDi V6 208 DPFS. A wide choice of manual and automatic gearboxes is available, depending on the engine and trim level.
Suspension comfort was a key objective in the design of the new C5. Citroën has used its expertise to develop two types of suspension to meet the varied needs of customers: a Hydractive 3 Plus sus pension with two settings and a metallic suspension.
The Hydractive 3 Plus suspension of the new C5 is aimed at customers keen to take advantage of the Marque’s latest developments in technology, comfort and safety.
It adjusts springing and damping to take account of driver input and road conditions. A soft mode provides optimum comfort, while a firmer mode delivers enhanced driving sensations and greater body control. The driver can also choose a "sport" mode for an even more dynamic ride with extra thrills. Controlled by sensors on each axle, the Hydractive 3 Plus suspension maintains the vehicle at a constant height, regardless of the load and number of passengers.
The metallic suspension takes full advantage of the new C5’s sophisticated running gear. A winning combination based on Citroën expertise – with a double wishbone layout at the front and multilink set-up at the rear – strike an excellent balance between comfort and roadholding. The result is worthy of the Marque’s large saloons in every respect. This particularly competitive option is a key asset in the commercial ambitions of the new C5.