Citroen C5 Aircross EV in the pipeline, to rival the VW ID.4 – Report

A new announcement (via Twitter) from Brittany Metallurgy Union CFE-CGC has confirmed that Stellantis will launch a compact electric SUV from its European budget brand Citroen. Rivaling Volkswagen’s ID.4, this model will likely be a Citroen C5 Aircross EV.

French manufacturing

How do we know that is the C5 Aircross EV? According to the announcement Stellantis has allocated a Compact SUV based on a new electric platform to the Rennes – La Janais plant. That’s the same production facility that manufactures the successful Citroen C5 Aircross since 2018. Making the new electric SUV there will entail an investment of EUR 152 million.

Platform

Stellantis will likely build the Citroen C5 Aircross Electric on the STLA Small platform, a bespoke EV platform it is developing for its A-, B-, and C-segment models. The company is developing another platform that can underpin C-segmenters, called STLA Medium, but given Citroen’s budget brand positioning, it could prove expensive for the C5 Aircross-class EV.

The STLA Small platform reinforces efficient city mobility solutions for the Fiat and Citroen brands. STLA Medium was designed for our premium DS and Alfa Romeo vehicles.

Harald Wester, Chief Engineering Officer, Stellantis (Stellantis EV Day 2021 on 8 July 2021)

Specifications

The STLA Small platform models will come featuring battery packs with 37-82 kWh of embedded energy, and they will have a range of up to 500 km (311 miles). Stellantis plans to use 70 kW electric drive modules in the EVs. Two motors with around 140 kW (190 PS) of power could be enough for a C5 Aircross-sized EV, provided Stellantis manages to keep it light.

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