PARIS -- Citroen will show a plug-in hybrd concept version of the C5 Aircross compact SUV at next month's Paris auto show.
The C5 Aircross has been on sale in China since September 2017, after a world debut at the Shanghai show last year. European buyers will get their first look at the model in Paris, with sales starting this autumn.
The plug-in hybrid powertrain version will launch at the end of next year as the brand's first plug-in model. It will have a battery-only range of 50 km (31 miles). Until then, available powertrains will be gasoline or diesel engines with 130 hp or 180 hp, with front-wheel drive.
Citroen was late to the SUV and crossover segments in Europe, but its C3 Aircross small SUV has been a strong seller since its European debut last autumn.
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares has set 2025 as a target for electrifying the group’s entire lineup. Citroen says that 80 percent of its models will have an electrified option by 2023.
Other PSA Group models on the same EMP2 architecture will be available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain starting next year, including the DS 7 Crossback, Peugeot 5008 and Opel Grandland X. The DS 7 Crossback plug-in hybrid will have a total of 300 hp from a gasoline engine and two electric motors, including one motor powering the rear axle in four-wheel-drive. Citroen did not offer any technical details on the C5 Aircross’s system.
After a strong start in China, with more than 22,000 sales through the end of 2017, C5 Aircross volume has slowed this year. Citroen expects a sales boost this year in China from the introduction of the C3 Aircross, which is sold in China as the C4 Aircross with a slightly longer wheelbase for more rear-seat room.