The crossovers are still the strongest trend in the auto world. So much so that other segments are also getting affected, resulting in new niches such as CrossTourer, which is something between a wagon (tourer) and a crossover. In layman’s term, it’s a jacked-up wagon.
That is the deal with the new Citroen C5 CrossTourer, set for debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. It takes the wagon C5, which is a very good-looking car, increases the ride height and ground clearance by 15mm, and there’s your lot.
Citroen, of course, has always been good at making adjustable suspensions, but in the C5 CrossTourer, this expertise reaches new heights. It features the Hydractive III+ suspension which maintains a pre-set clearance regardless of the vehicle’s load. The CrossTourer can use one of two additional ride heights (+6 cm up to 10 km/h and +4 cm up to 40 km/h) to facilitate crossing uneven terrain at low speed.
What’s more, it has an active lowering system that drops the car as you gather speed to improve stability. Apart from the ride height, the only other off-roady feature of Citroen C5 CrossTourer is its Intelligent Traction Control which improves handling on snow or mud-covered roads.
It is a hard job telling the Crosstourer apart from normal C5 Tourer, but you can spot it by the virtue of its special wheel arch extensions, matt grey longitudinal roof bars combined with specific 18’’ matt grey diamond-pattern alloy wheels, chrome door mirror shells and brushed aluminium protectors on the front and rear bumpers.