Citroen has enriched the range of drive systems for the C5 Aircross and improved the autonomy of the existing plug-in hybrid versions of the C5 X and C5 Aircross models by 15 percent.

For starters, the C5 Aircross gets an all-new plug-in hybrid powertrain option called the 180 e-EAT8. This version comes as a replacement for the PureTech 180 model with a gasoline engine and combines a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor.

Together they produce 182 hp (134 kW) and 360 Nm of torque.

The electric motor can independently produce up to 110 hp (81 kW). This means that it is capable of propelling the car to a speed of 135 km/h or, in other words, fast enough to drive on electricity and on the highway without any problems.

Not too far, though, given that thanks to the 12.4 kWh battery, the C5 Aircross 180 e-EAT8 can travel a maximum of 58 km on electric power alone. It should be kept in mind that with the speeds achieved on the highway, this autonomy is significantly more modest, so this model has its real ecological value when driving around the city.

With a battery that can be charged in just 1 hour 45 minutes on a 7.4kW charger, Citroen suggests that if owners can charge at home and in their office, they can complete an average daily journey by driving on just electricity.

The C5 Aircross 180 e-EAT8 is offered at a starting price of 43,650 euros.

As already mentioned, in addition to the new version, the existing 225 e-EAT8 plug-in hybrid drive has been improved in the meantime, both for the C5 Aircross SUV and the C5 X.

Both vehicles will now have additional autonomy thanks to a new battery generation with a capacity improved from 13.2 kWh to 14.2 kWh, despite having the same number of cells.

The result is a 15 percent increase in driving autonomy for both models. This means that the C5 X 225 e-EAT8 can now travel 63 km in pure electric mode, instead of the previous 55 km, and the C5 Aircross 225 e-EAT8 offers 64 km of all-electric range, compared to the previous 55 km.

Drive power remains unchanged. This powertrain also combines a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor, and will still develop 228 hp (168 kW) in both vehicles.

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