In addition to the new C4 Cactus, Citroen will be officially unveiling the C5 CrossTourer at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. The French car maker is hoping the new estate model can take on the likes of Skoda’s Octavia Scout and VW’s Passat Alltrack. The C5 CrossTourer represents an “all roads” version of the Citroën C5, a model that has thus far sold more than 530,000 examples worldwide.
Styling-wise, the new CrossTourer variant gets special wheel arch extensions, matt grey longitudinal roof bars combined with 18’’ matt grey diamond-pattern alloy wheels, chrome door mirror shells and brushed aluminium protectors on the front and rear bumpers. The ride height is also raised by 15 mm.
For ride adaptability, the CrossTourer also features Citroën’s Hydractive III+ suspension system. This technology allows the ride height to be controlled in real time so as to maintain a constant ground clearance regardless of vehicle load.
Automatic lowering of the ride height at high speed is known to improve aerodynamic efficiency. At moderate speeds, the C5 CrossTourer can use one of two additional ride heights (+6 cm up to 6 mph and +4 cm up to 25 mph) to facilitate crossing uneven terrain at low speed. A variable ride height also facilitates loading by lowering or raising the height of the boot sill.
This suspension is available with all engines except the HDi 115 with manual gearbox and the e-HDi 115 Airdream with 6-speed electronically controlled gearbox.
Other technologies include Intelligent Traction Control, which Citroën engineers say improves handling on snow or mud-covered roads, and the eMyWay navigation system that combines with a reversing camera to allow for easier manoeuvring.
Citroën currently has no plans to launch the CrossTourer in the UK.