As the sole C5 Aircross model on sale in Australia, the Sport replaces the outgoing Shine
Entering the range as the sole C5 Aircross on sale, the new Sport grade, which starts from $54,990 before on-road costs are added, replaces the Shine which was discontinued last year.
With extra equipment on offer, and a $2690 premium over the Shine, this new Sport grade is more competitive on paper in the extremely popular mid-size SUV segment.
Citroen Australia will likely be hoping to improve C5 Aircross sales with the introduction of the better-equipped Sport model, considering only 64 were sold throughout 2022.
Like the pre-facelifted model, this C5 Aircross benefits from black plastic cladding surrounding the wheel arches and beneath the doors, but you’ll notice that the overall styling has changed.
More pronounced front and rear bumpers give the C5 Aircross a bolder aesthetic, something that’s accentuated by the black grille and badging.
Other changes include the new 19-inch alloy wheels that it rides on, and the addition of a skid plate that’s located beneath the front bumper.
In the new Sport grade, the 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine that powers the C5 Aircross now makes 133kW and 250Nm of torque. This is up from the 121kW and 240Nm in the outgoing Shine model.
Along the same lines, the C5 Aircross now benefits from an eight-speed automatic transmission instead of the old six-speed unit. As usual, power is sent exclusively to the front wheels.
On the inside, the biggest change is the new 10.0-inch infotainment screen that replaces the old one that measures 8.0-inches.
This system supports wired Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as getting Citroen’s standard satellite navigation system.
This new screen is flanked by the same 12.3-inch digital cluster that has carried over from the pre-facelift model.
Citroen C5 Aircross 2023: prices in Australia
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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