New details and photos of the Citroen C5 2021 are in our news. Citroen has always had a long history in the sedan segment. From the revolutionary Citroen DS “Tiburon” to the Xantia, XM, or BX, the chevron firm has enjoyed great success in this type of bodywork, but right now its presence is merely testimonial.
The French brand wants to reconnect with its origins, so it has confirmed the return of the Citroen C5 as the prolific D-segment saloon that it has been for years.
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.