Citroen C5 2021 release has been confirmed. But this will take some time. When it was believed that Citroen would withdraw from the midsize sedan segment, the brand itself confirms that it is working on a new generation of the C5, which in recent years had been converted into an SUV.
In not too distant times, the Citroen C5 was a representative and elegant sedan of the segment “D”, heir to past successes of the brand such as the Xantia, BX, and GS. Its production was maintained between 2001 and 2018 when it left without leaving a direct successor but rather, the one that the market demanded: an SUV, the C5 Aircross. But it will return.
A couple of years ago, when the previous model came off the market, it had been said that its replacement would be ready by 2020, based on the experience Concept prototype from 2016. However, the date arrived and there was no such.
Concerned about what might have happened, Laurence Hansen, Citroen’s director of strategy and product, said: “Trust us. The Car exists and it is splendid ”. Thus, it is confirmed that a new Citroen C5 sedan is in development.
The return of the Citroen C5 is ready
Since its launch in 2001 and the definitive cessation of marketing in 2019 with a testimonial four units, the Citroen C5 has sold more than a million units in Europe, with huge figures during the years 2001, 2002, and 2003 with more than 100,000 units that are said soon.
In recent years, Citroen has focused on focusing its range in the direction set by the trends of a market that was welcoming SUVs with open arms and turning its back on sedans. Thus, from the C5 we went to the C5 Aircross, a car that in 2019 (its first full year of sales) did not reach 80,000 units.
It is not surprising that despite the toast that has fallen on the side of SUVs to the detriment of sedans, the firm wants to recover the recipe that has worked so well before. That is why Laurence Hansen (Citroen Product Manager) has acknowledged that throughout 2021 we will see a new generation of Citroen C5.
In Hansen’s words, the new C5 in its final configuration would be ready: “it exists and it is splendid, as well as being a very important car for Citroen”. However, the large fishing grounds are not in Europe, a sedan market that has succumbed to SUV fashion, but will focus on Asian markets and mainly China.
This step is very important for Citroen. Apart from the already veteran Citroen C-Elysée, there is no trace of the prolific family of saloons that previously populated the French brand’s catalog. Among compacts, SUVs, crossovers, and minivans, the pie of bodies available in different sizes is shared, but with almost no trace of the three-volume bodies.
To undertake the return of the Citroen C5, the brand will use the group’s EMP2 platform, shared with the Peugeot 508 and DS 9, an architecture that, in addition to allowing the use of combustion engines, can also embrace electrified engines.
It only remains to be seen if the next C5 is capable of meeting expectations since the chevron D-segment saloon has always been a benchmark in terms of technology and ride comfort, although the DS 9 which should be technically very close pretty conventional. In terms of design, it could take some features of the CXExperience prototype from 2016 that this article illustrates, but until we see it it will be a lot to assume.