Saturday September 20, 2003
The Citro'n C5 Estate wagon has added a direct injection, common rail, turbocharged diesel HDI engine to its list of advanced features that include self-levelling suspension, the ability to "kneel" to aid loading or to lift its tail up to loading docks, plus automatic wipers, lights and emergency brakes.
The same 2.0 litre C5 HDI engine - which produces 82 kW and 255 NM torque at 1750 rpm - has already been used in the C5 sedan in Australia and Citroen expect the same performance and fuel consumption benefits (highway fuel consumption is put at 5.2 litres per 100 km) to translate into the wagon.
The HDI engine also offers advantages in terms of emissions - the 178 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre emitted from the automatic 2.0 litre C5 HDI estate is just eight grams per kilometre more than the 1.4 litre automatic Citro'n C3. The manual versions of both cars produce an even closer figure - only one gram of CO' separates them according to Citro'n.
The C5 Estate's hydropneumatic self levelling suspension ensures an even ride whether the vehicle is empty or fully-laden and Citro'n's Hydractive 3 suspension is able to recognize rough roads and raise itself automatically for greater ground clearance or lowers itself for better stability and lower drag when on the freeway.
A button at the rear of the car which lowers the C5 to the ground to make loading heavy items easier or raises the C5 to loading dock heights. The load area, which has a maximum volume of more than 1.6 cubic metres, is accessible through either the wide opening rear door or through the rear window that opens independently.
There's also a reversible floor-mat - a carpeted side for standard luggage that can be flipped to make use of the washable, waterproof and high-grip surface on the back when you need to transport soaking wet golf clubs, surfboard or muddy mountain bike.
Standard equipment is the same as the Citro'n C5 2.0 and HDI litre sedans and includes ESP stability control, climate control air conditioning with split temperature control, automatic windscreen wipers, electrically operated and heated door mirrors, glove boxes for both the front passenger and driver, drawers under the front seats, power sockets in the front for computers and mobile phones and another power socket in the luggage compartment for fridges.
The Citro'n C5 Estate has a recommended retail price of AUD$47,490. Visit www.citroen.com.au to learn more.
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