Citroen Australia has confirmed it will introduce the all-new C5 Aircross in the second half of 2019 following its global debut at the 2018 Paris International Motor Show.

Regarded as the marque’s new flagship vehicle, the new-generation SUV has been developed using the Citroën Advanced Comfort® Programme.

Equipped with an all-new suspension system featuring Citroen’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushions®, the all-new C5 Aircross SUV lays claim to being one of the most comfortable cars in its segment.

It boasts unrivalled modularity with three individual sliding, folding and inclining rear seats (each with ISOfix) and best-in-class boot capacity of 580L, expanding to 720L when the sliding second-row seats are moved to their forward-most position.

Modern and high-tech, the all-new C5 Aircross SUV can be equipped with up to 20 driver assistance systems including Autonomous Emergency Braking and Active Blind Spot Monitoring, all underpinned by leading connectivity technologies including wireless smartphone charging.

“The all-new C5 Aircross is a return to Citroen’s comfort credentials and, symbolically, arrives in time for the marque’s 100th anniversary,” Citroen Australia’s Managing Director, Ben Farlow, said.

“The all-new C5 Aircross will underpin Citroen’s line-up in its centenary year, bringing with it standout styling, unrivalled comfort and a new focus on SUVs for Citroen in Australia.

“Citroen has long been synonymous with comfort and the all-new C5 Aircross will see us return to this territory, supported by the rest of the Citroen range,” Farlow added. While C5 Aircross is confirmed for the Australian market, local specification and pricing will not be announced until closer to its launch.

ALL-NEW C5 AIRCROSS IN DETAIL

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: A UNIQUE PERSONALITY IN THE SEGMENT

Boasting a strong personality, all-new C5 Aircross SUV stands apart through its singular, energetic and assertive attitude. Measuring 4.50 m long, robust and muscular the new model stands out in the SUV segment with its flowing shapes punctuated with strong graphic touches such as the Airbump®, dual-stacked headlamps, ground clearance of 230 mm and distinctive roof bars.

The cabin instantly gives an impression of protection and spaciousness, with an emphatically horizontal dashboard and enveloping seats, a height position that gives the feeling of dominating the road, as well as a wide central console and warm materials. 

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: THE MOST COMFORTABLE AND MODULAR SUV IN ITS SEGMENT

An ambassador of the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, all-new C5 Aircross SUV stands out through its comfort and approach to interior space.

Headlining the advanced comfort focus are two major innovations: Citroën’s all-new suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions® and Advanced Comfort seats with their unrivalled ability to filter out road disturbances and offers unmatched ride comfort, the result being an outstanding travelling experience for all passengers.

All-new C5 Aircross delivers unique modularity in the segment derived from Citroën’s singular know-how in the world of MPVs, with three individual, sliding, folding and inclining rear seats (each with ISOfix mounts) and best-in-class boot volume of up-to 720L.

NEW C5 AIRCROSS SUV: THE NEXT-GENERATION, MODERN AND HIGH-TECH SUV

In tune with its times and equipped with a 12.3” TFT digital instrument cluster and an 8” capacitive touchscreen, all-new C5 Aircross can be specified with up-to 20 latest-generation driver assistance systems, as well as six advanced connectivity technologies – pending market.

The new, ultra-connected model and can be equipped with wireless smartphone charging, or the ConnectedCAM Citroën®.

The all-new C5 Aircross will be available with a range of efficient and high-performance petrol and diesel engines,  ranging from 130 bhp to 180 bhp and paired with the new EAT8 eight-speed automatic gearbox – pending market.

CITROEN ADVANCED COMFORT PROGRAM

To address the ongoing development of ‘Citroën comfort’ in the 21st century, the company has framed its expertise in comfort under a new development project, known as the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme. The programme seeks to define a new dimension of comfort in vehicles, and pursues four objectives to enhance comfort in its latest cars:

  • Driving comfort – filtering out exterior interferences for a smooth ride and calm, quiet cabin
  • Living comfort – simplifying life on-board with functional storage compartments, intelligent packaging, and generous space
  • Functional comfort – creating a more comfortable drive with intuitive technologies, driver aids, and connectivity
  • Comfort of mind – ensuring the peace of mind of driver and passengers, with clear information displays and a relaxed interior ambience to enhance driving pleasure

Today, ergonomics, ride and handling, practicality and versatility, and even the atmosphere of the cabin, are all vital elements in making a car as comfortable as possible, for driver and passengers alike.

Each of the themes under the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme builds on the historic innovations that have contributed to Citroën’s reputation for comfort over the last 99 years.

THE "CITROËN ADVANCED COMFORT ® LAB’": UNEQUALLED DAMPING QUALITY

The "Citroën Advanced Comfort® Lab’" focuses on one of the many and varied aspects of comfort. Designed to filter out bumps and dips on the road, it groups Citroën innovations in this field. When a car drives over a bump or dip, the effect is passed on to the cabin and the occupants in three stages:

a) the suspension takes action
b) the vibrations are transferred to the body
c) the vibrations are felt by the passengers through the seats.

Reflecting this process, the "Citroën Advanced Comfort® Lab’" prototype features three innovations, one for each form of transmission, in order to reduce the vibrations felt by the occupants and thus significantly improve driving comfort.

Citroën has filed more than thirty patents for the technologies implemented by this prototype, but they were all developed to be applicable, from both a cost and production standpoint, to all the vehicles in the Citroën range.

SUSPENSION WITH PROGRESSIVE HYDRAULIC CUSHIONS ™ (PHC)

The all-new C5 Aircross will be the first Australian bound model to feature Citroen’s ground-breaking Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ (PHC), a Citroën innovation that will be rolled-out on future range vehicles.

Citroën's expertise in suspension is undisputed. For 99 years, suspension comfort has been embedded in the brand's genes. And over the years, customers have grown attached to Citroën’s comfort, which is unique on the market.

Drawing on its expertise and the know-how of its engineers, Citroën developed the new suspension system to improve the filtering quality typical of Citroën and so dear to its customers.

Some 20 patents were filed in the development of the new suspension.

The way it works is quite simple. While conventional suspension systems comprise a shock absorber, a spring and a mechanical stop, the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ (PHC) system adds two hydraulic stops on either side, one for compression, the other for decompression. The suspension therefore works in two stages to match how the car is used.

  • For light compression and decompression, the spring and shock absorber control vertical movements together with no assistance required from the hydraulic stops. But these stops gave engineers greater freedom in the car’s clearance, providing a “magic carpet ride” effect giving the impression that the car is gliding over uneven ground.
  • During major impacts, the spring and shock absorber work together with the hydraulic compression or decompression stops, which gradually slow the movement to avoid jerks at the end of the range. Unlike a traditional mechanical stop, which absorbs energy but returns a part of it, the hydraulic stop absorbs and dissipates this energy. This means there is no bouncing.

With this innovative technical solution, the Citroën vehicles of the future will deliver an exceptional level of comfort specific to the brand, and always appreciated by its customers. This refinement will not be reserved solely for executive vehicles but will also be available on the city-car segment and in all markets.
  
STRUCTURAL BODY BONDING
When the suspension has completed the damping process, the energy created by the irregular road surface is transferred to the body. The use of the structural bonding technique will significantly reduce this occurrence thanks to a global stiffness input.

Using an industrial process specific to Citroën, the structural parts of the vehicle are bonded together using a discontinuous line of adhesive. An electrical weld is positioned wherever the line of adhesive is interrupted. This bonding technique ensures a hard-bonding assembly without toxic smokes generated by bonding welds.

 This special bonding technique has a number of advantages:

The first is significantly higher global body stiffness. The improvement in stiffness is around 20 per cent on average : this contributes to isolate it from external vibrations phenomena. A stiffer body will reduce the level of vibrations transferred by driving conditions.

Another significant benefit concerns weight. Bonding makes the body stiffer without making it heavier. The heavier the vehicle, the more complex the suspension damping process for improved comfort.

The third and final advantage of this bonding technique concerns the bead bonding process: this technique allows to reduce the electrical welding work numbers and to control costs. It will not be reserved solely for executive vehicles, but could be used on all Citroën models.

SEATS INSPIRED BY THE WORLD OF BEDDING

Seats are the part of the vehicle most frequently in contact with passengers. It is the seats that provide the first impressions of comfort, when you look at them or get into the car. As well as providing support, they naturally contribute to damping out the various vibrations from the vehicle and the road surface.

As part of the development process, engineers study the lines of the seat, in order to respect the curve of the back for a better driving position, and the choice of materials used in manufacture. Foam of different densities and hardness will be used depending on the role of the seat component concerned: support or cushioning.

Adding in a new factor, Citroën looked at practices in the bedding industry, a sector in which shape memory materials represent the latest in comfort.

By using several layers of special materials (polyurethane foam, viscoelastic or textured foam), Citroën has been able to develop shape memory seats that adapt perfectly to the body shape of each passenger and offer an innovative comfort experience in the automotive field. With these properties, the seats regain their original shape from one passenger to the next.

Alfa Romeo returns to the Paris International Motor Show with a prestigious stand worthy of a premium brand which symbolises Italian excellence. The spotlight will shine on Giulia, the most authentic expression of the Alfa Romeo spirit, successfully combining all the elements which have made it one of the most desirable automotive brands: distinctive Italian design, high-performance engines, perfect weight distribution, unique technical solutions and supreme weight-to-power ratio.

Visitors to the world preview at the Paris International Motor Show will have the chance to discover the new Giulia Veloce, which features exclusive engine versions, style and contents. The Giulia Veloce comes with two new engine versions: the 280 HP 2.0-litre Turbo petrol and the 210 HP 2.2-litre Diesel, both with 8-speed automatic transmission and the unprecedented Q4 all-wheel drive.

In Paris, the Alfa Romeo Giulia will be unveiled in five different guises: two new Veloce incarnations, two Super versions and a captivating Quadrifoglio. Alongside these creations, the public can also view the New Giulietta Veloce and the New Mito Veloce, both featuring a pronounced family feeling with the Giulia, as well as the Coupé and Spider versions of the Alfa Romeo 4C, the brand's modern icon. All these cars are unique in their design and technology, and they were created to thrill on the road and on the track. For over a century, Alfa Romeo cars have been dedicated to those who demand that their cars transcend the concept of a 'useful means of transport' and become instead a 'source of deep excitement'.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce 

"Veloce" is a glorious name that is evocative of the Alfa Romeo tradition, established in 1956 with the Giulietta model and ever since illuminating the brand's outstandingly sporting and original versions. Now, the name Veloce glorifies another Giulia, to satisfy the needs of customers yearning for contents packed with personality. 

The Parisian show will showcase two new Giulia Veloce variants, both with 8-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive: the first model sees the début of the as yet unseen Blue Misano livery and is fitted with the new 280 HP 2.0-litre Turbo petrol engine, while the second Giulia Veloce, displaying an alluring Silverstone grey body, is fitted with the new 210 HP 2.2-litre Diesel engine.

Distinctive style and exclusive equipment 

The exterior of the new Giulia Veloce stands out both for its refined styling features, such as the specific bumpers and glossy black door trim, as well as for various sports contents such as the special rear extractor which incorporates a double exhaust pipe and the optional 5-hole 19" alloy wheel rims. The same sporty feel reigns inside, where new black leather Sport seats dominate, plus a sports steering wheel with an original grip, aluminium inserts on the dashboard, central tunnel, door panels and Xenon headlights.

This distinctive interior and exterior style houses a wealth of standard equipment, including dual-zone climate control, the Alfa DNA system and 6.5" Connect infotainment system, as well as the new efficient active safety systems such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) and pedestrian recognition, the Integrated Brake System (IBS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and cruise control with speed limiter.

Two new engine versions 

The Giulia Veloce heralds the début of the new 2-litre petrol engine - a 4-cylinder engine made entirely of aluminium - which generates 280 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 400Nm at 2,250 rpm. In addition to the MultiAir electro-hydraulic valve activation system, the particular features of this engine include the "2-in-1" " turbocharger system and direct injection with a 200-bar high pressure system which combine to deliver a particularly quick response to accelerator commands at all speeds while permitting highly efficient consumption levels. 

Alternatively, the Giulia Veloce can be fitted with the new 2.2-litre Diesel engine which develops a maximum power of 210 HP at 3,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 470 Nm at 1,750 rpm. A special note: the 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine on the Giulia is the first diesel engine in Alfa Romeo history to have been built entirely in aluminium. With four cylinders in line, this engine stands out for its latest-generation injection system with MultiJet II technology and Injection Rate Shaping (IRS), along with operating pressures of 2,000 bar. The electrically-operated variable geometry turbocharger offers state-of-the-art mechanics and minimises response times while also guaranteeing benefits in terms of efficiency.

The most sophisticated driving satisfaction and comfort levels are also guaranteed by the use of a balancing countershaft. Both the new Giulia Veloce models come with 8-speed automatic transmission and are powered by engines made in Italy in the plants in Termoli (petrol) and Pratola Serra (diesel), in areas dedicated exclusively to Alfa Romeo engines, using state-of-the-art processes and methods which place them at the top of their categories for performance and efficiency.

What's more, the innovative "AE" - Advanced Efficiency - version will be available at the beginning of 2017. Distinguished by a specific badge on the tailgate, this version - which is available on the Giulia and Giulia Super trim levels, is based on the 180 HP 2.2-litre Diesel engine with 8-speed automatic transmission.

The Advanced Efficiency variant achieves extraordinary results in terms of fuel consumption and emission levels: 4.2 l/100 km and just 99 g/km of CO2 in the combined cycle.

These results are obtained thanks to specific technical solutions, through the implementation of a low-pressure EGR valve that improves engine efficiency, an air-water intercooler, a secondary engine cooling circuit in addition to the primary circuit, and specific gearbox ratios. On top of this, thanks to a reduction of approximately 5 millimetres in the height of the car body and to exclusive, specifically-designed alloy wheel rims, the CX has been reduced to 0.23 for improved aerodynamic efficiency. Last but by no means least, the Giulia "AE" Advanced Efficiency is fitted with specific 205/60 R16 tyres for reduced rolling resistance.

The effects of these innovations can be seen in the overall performance of the engine, starting at low revs, with prejudice to its outstanding performance levels: a top speed of 230 km/h and 7.2" to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h.

Four-wheel drive with Q4 technology 

At its world preview, the new Giulia Veloce offers the début of the innovative all-wheel drive system with Q4 technology, designed to handle vehicle traction in real time, and to guarantee outstanding levels of performance, efficiency and safety.

The architecture of the Q4 system fitted on the Giulia Veloce includes an active transfer case and a front differential designed to accommodate the specific technical requirements of Alfa Romeo, in order to handle a high torque extremely promptly with a particularly compact and light-weight design (the increase in weight is just around 60 kg). The transfer case uses advanced active clutch technology that provides extremely dynamic driving while at the same time guaranteeing reduced fuel consumption. Speedy response and accurate torque distribution are guaranteed by the Next-Gen integrated actuator, depending on the drive mode selected on Alfa DNA.

In particular, the Q4 system continuously monitors multiple parameters to guarantee optimum torque distribution between the two axles depending on how the car is used and on the available road surface grip. This technology is capable of foreseeing loss in wheel adherence, relying on the information gathered by the lateral and longitudinal acceleration sensors, and by steering wheel angle and vehicle yaw speed sensors. Under normal conditions, the Giulia Veloce with Q4 system behaves like a rear-drive vehicle: 100 per cent of torque is distributed to the rear axle. As it reaches the wheel adherence limit, the system transfers up to 60 per cent of the drive torque to the front axle in real time, thanks to a dedicated transfer case.

To ensure maximum speed of response in re-distributing torque, the system exploits a high mechanical over slippage (up to 2.5 per cent) between the two axles, which translates into segment-beating vehicle control in terms of traction and directional stability on bends. The Q4 system on the new Giulia Veloce therefore provides all the benefits of all-wheel drive - in terms of stability, traction and safety - while also guaranteeing reduced fuel consumption, extra responsiveness and all the driving satisfaction of a car with rear-wheel drive.

All the strengths of the Giulia model 

The new Giulia Veloce confirms all the particular features of the model which has launched the come-back of the Italian brand to this major segment. First of all, a distinctly Italian design that is expressed through a sense of proportion and simplicity plus quality surfaces framing the driver and placing him boldly centre stage. In addition, the choice of rear-wheel drive - and now also the Q4 all-wheel drive system - is more than a simple tribute to the most authentic roots of the Alfa Romeo legend: it is also a technical solution which delivers high performance, deep pleasures and supreme driving sensations.

Further particularities of the Giulia include the outstanding weight distribution across the two axles, the sophisticated suspension (Alfa Rome patent) and the most direct steering in its segment. In addition, the Alfa Romeo Giulia combines extraordinary engine performance with ample use of ultralight materials, like carbon fibre, aluminium, aluminium composite and plastic, in order to obtain the best weight-to-power ratio (less than 3 in the Quadrifoglio version).

In keeping with Alfa Romeo traditions, the new Giulia offers unique technical solutions that make it the benchmark for its segment. The more sophisticated features include the Integrated Brake System (IBS) for considerably reducing braking distance, and active suspension for exceptional comfort. Exclusive to the Quadrifoglio version, the Torque Vectoring technology affords outstanding torque distribution between the two wheels on the rear axle, and the Active Aero Splitter actively controls downforce at high speed.

Not to be forgotten, the Alfa Romeo Giulia has recently earned five prestigious Euro NCAP stars, scoring 98 per cent in adult occupant protection. This is the highest score ever achieved by a car despite the more severe evaluation system introduced in 2015. This outstanding result was achieved by implementing two key elements: firstly, the adoption of a wide range of innovative safety systems, and secondly, the efficiency of a bodyshell that is light and rigid in equal measure, and makes extensive use of ultra-lightweight materials such as carbon-fibre, aluminium and aluminium composite.

The Paris show will be exhibiting two Giulia Super models with a 180 HP 2.2-litre Diesel engine and a 200 HP 2.0-litre Turbo petrol engine, both with 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. These models have been embellished with the Sport Pack (including sports steering wheel with specific grip, aluminium inserts on the dashboard, central tunnel and door panels, as well as Xenon headlights) and Luxury Pack which includes: full grain leather seats (available in four colours: black, beige, tobacco and red), leather upholstered dashboard and door panels, heated front seats electrically adjustable to eight settings, heated steering wheel, real wood (oak or walnut) inserts on the dashboard, central tunnel and door panels, plus chrome-plated exterior window frames and electrically folding door mirrors.

This car also offers refined Mopar accessories in carbon: the wing mirror housing, the front grille and the gearknob. The stand exhibit is completed by a Competition Red Giulia Quadrifoglio, fitted with a 510 HP 2.9-litre V6 Biturbo petrol engine and presented in the sports configuration featuring 5-hole ultra light-weight 19" wheel rims, carbon ceramic brake system and Sparco seats with carbon structural shell.

4C Coupé and 4C Spider 

Also in the limelight will be the captivating Alfa Romeo 4C, in Coupé and Spider versions, a modern brand icon representing the racing soul written into to the Alfa Romeo DNA: optimum performance and excellent engineering designed for ultimate pleasure and breathtaking style.

Both cars are powered by the potent turbocharged all-aluminium direct injection engine with 1,750 cm3 with intercooler and dual continuous variable valve timing guaranteeing performance levels comparable to those of a supercar: top speed of 258 km/h (257 km/h for the 4C Spider), acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, 1.1 g lateral acceleration and 1.25 g maximum braking deceleration.

The supercar spirit also asserts itself in the choice of ultralight materials: carbon fibre for the shell, aluminium for the front and rear chassis framework and SMC (low density compound) for the bodywork.

The Parisian show will also feature a 4C Spider in three-coat Competition Red, featuring a carbon fibre roll-bar cover as well as the new titanium central dual-mode exhaust system by Akrapovič. In addition, to add a splash of style and enhance the car's lightness and performance levels, this model boasts burnished finish spoked wheel rims (18" at the front and 19" at the rear), as well as carbon fibre exterior components such as the air intake on the side and the door mirrors. Red brake callipers, racy seats and a black leather dashboard with carbon fibre trim round off the style statement of the convertible on show in Paris.

The stand will also proudly present the award-winning 4C Coupé with three-coat metallic Stromboli Grey livery and carbon fibre on the roof and other elements - such as the air intakes on the side and front bumper, door mirrors and rear spoiler - in addition to red brake callipers, racing exhaust system and 5-hole wheel rims (18" at the front and 19" at the rear) with burnished finish. Inside, special red leather sports seats go strikingly well with the leather dashboard and carbon fibre details.

Both cars on show in Paris boast the sophisticated "Alpine premium sound system" that provides an all-embracing musical experience.

Stand 

Alfa Romeo returns to the Paris International Motor Show with a prestigious display area featuring unprecedented construction details and a sophisticated play of lights that emphasise major new product features. The stand therefore has a striking appearance, thanks to the 900 LED tiles making up the internal LED wall; thanks to the quality of the vertical surfaces which express the essence of Alfa Romeo's DNA; as well as the design of the sports-based texture of the floor, all highlighting the legendary performance of Alfa cars.

The stand offers an area dedicated to Mopar, the reference brand for FCA services, Customer Care, original parts and accessories. Specifically, the new Alfa Romeo merchandise collection makes its début in Paris, inspired by the restyled logo in its graphic components. The collection features a selection of items specially designed with the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo: first-class technical products made with high-performance materials including carbon, aluminium and Nycroteh.

The Mopar collection comprises several lines: from clothing - the main garment being a modular jacket made in rainproof softshell fabric - to leather goods, including a Unisex overnight bag made with high-tech material and leather with brushed metal finish, and a line of accessories with men's wallets and key rings. Last but not least, the display wall by Mopar features various accessories dedicated to the 4C, Giulietta and Giulia models. For the latter, carbon mirror housing and door sills are available, as well as a carbon front grille, plus a key cover in two colours and many other refined touches.