Citroen has given its Vectra rival, the C5, a heavy mid-life facelift. A bold new double chevron grille and tick-shaped headlamps follow the design direction previewed on the new C4, which will also be shown at next month’s Paris Motor Show.
The C5’s rear is freshened up by L-shaped lights and a new vertical bootlid, while the cabin gains new instrumentation and a host of new technology: twin-zone air-con, seven airbags including knee ’bags, a lane departure warning system, parking sensors and headlamps that turn with steering inputs.
Engine choices span from a 109bhp 1.6-litre HDi diesel to a 207bhp 3.0-litre V6; many of the diesels will now be available with particulate filter traps. Prices shouldn’t rise from today’s £15k-22k, when sales start this autumn.
Meanwhile there’s good news for go-faster hatch fans, with details of Citroën’s first hot hatch for a generation – the new C2 VTS. Powered by a 125bhp 16-valve 1.6-litre engine linked to a five-speed manual gearbox, the VTS costs £11,995 and comes with air-con and ESP stability control as standard, as well as uprated sports suspension to tune the supermini’s handling for a more sporting intent.