PSA Group, bidding to jumpstart lagging sales in a key global market, started mass production of the Citroen brand’s new flagship model, the C5 X, at a plant it operates with Chinese partner Dongfeng Motor Group in the southwest China city of Chengdu.
The crossover wagon, equipped with PSA’s 360 THP turbocharged gasoline engine and a eight-speed automatic transmission supplied by Aisin Seiki, will hit the Chinese market in September, Dongfeng said this week.
The C5 X is produced only at the Chengdu plant and Citroen says it will be exported to Europe and other Asian countries.
The Citroen C5 X “is a unique combination of the elegance of a saloon, the dynamism of a station wagon and the elevated stance of an SUV,” Citroen said when unveiling the vehicle at the Shanghai auto show in April.
The Chengdu factory will also build a plug-in variant of the vehicle, according to Citroen.