➤ Citroen’s popular C5 Aircross PureTech 130 petrol model is now available with an automatic gearbox. 1.6-litre PureTech 180 discontinued.
Citroen has introduced the option of an automatic gearbox with the PureTech 130 petrol engine in the C5 Aircross SUV. The new variant is available to order now, with first deliveries scheduled for March. As a result, the 1.6-litre PureTech 180 model will be discontinued for the UK market.
The new automatic gearbox option sees Citroen’s eight-speed automatic gearbox combined with the PureTech 130 1.2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine for the first time in the C5 Aircross. It’s available in mid-range Flair and range-topping Flair+ models.
Citroen has also announced that the BlueHDi 130 diesel model of the C5 Aircross now claims lower CO2 levels than before, with official emissions figures slashed by up to 5g/km depending on the exact trim level.
The C5 Aircross BlueHDi 130 1.5-litre diesel now returns 105g/km of CO2 with a manual gearbox, which is down from 108g/km. The same model with an automatic gearbox returns 100g/km, a reduction of 5g/km.
Citroen plans to electrify its entire range by 2025 and will introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the C5 Aircross in the summer. The C5 Aircross PHEV will offer low CO2 emissions of 39g/km and will be capable of travelling up to 31 miles on electric power only.
Prices for the C5 Aircross start at £24,435 for the Pure Tech 130 manual in entry-level Feel trim. The new automatic PureTech 130 is offered in mid-range Flair trim for £28,335.
The revised diesel line-up starts from £25,335 for the BlueHDi 130 manual in Feel trim and rises to £33,335 for the range-topping BlueHDi 180 automatic. The C5 Aircross PHEV is expected to start at £35,340.
Buyers can order the new PureTech 130 automatic now. The car is scheduled to enter production in February, with first deliveries due in March – WG.