2010 Paris Motor Show: 2011 Citroen C5 Facelift

Article by Christian A., on October 1, 2010

French carmaker Citroen has revealed the new 2011 Citroen C5 at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. This new model boasts of a number styling and technology upgrades. It is bound to at showrooms and dealerships starting in the fourth quarter of 2010.

The 2011 Citroen C5 facelift is offered in both saloon and tourer body styles. Citroen tweaked the headlamps of the new C5 and added LED (light emitting diode) units that active day and night. Along with a light guide, these LED units boost the C5’s lighting signature.

The appearance of the headlamps may have changed but its functions remain the same. The 2011 Citroen C5 facelift still offers xenon dual-function directional lights and corner lights. The rear lights received a new “Dark Crystal” treatment with clear glass in the central section. When it comes to performance, Citroen made two significant powertrain changes.

For the 2011 model year, the new Citroen C5 now features e-HDi micro-hybrid technology. Essentially, Citroen combined second-generation Stop & Start and the electronic gearbox system with the HDi 110 DPFS diesel engine.

Likewise, Citroen also installed steering-wheel paddles and low rolling resistance tires. With these specifications, the new C5 offers comfort in driving as well as a fuel economy rating of 51 miles per gallon (4.6 l/100 km) and a drop in its carbon dioxide emissions level to 120 grams per km.

The 2011 Citroen C5 facelift is also offered with a new-generation 2.2 liter HDi engine that has a max output of 204 bhp as well as a peak torque of 450 Nm. Sending power to the wheels through a 6-speed automatic gearbox, this 2.2 liter HDi engine allows the saloon version of the 2011 C5 to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 8.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h). The 2011 C5 saloon has a combined-cycle consumption of 40 mpg (5.9 l/100 km).

On the other hand, the Tourer variety of the 2011 Citroen C5 facelift can go as fast as 140 mph (225 km/h) and is capable of sprinting from zero to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 8.6 seconds. It also returns a combined-cycle consumption of or 38.5 mpg (6.1 l/100km).

The carbon dioxide emissions level for the 2011 Citroen C5 saloon is at 155 grams per km, while for the Tourer, the figure is 159 g/km. What makes this version stand out among the rest is its chrome-finished double tailpipe.

Press Release

Citroen C5 Facelift

Recognised as one of the best-styled models in its segment, the Citroen C5 has been subtly upgraded. The changes enable the car to keep all its character while making it immediately visible and recognisable out on the road.

LEDs have been added under the headlamps. Active day and night and combined with a light guide, they subtly strengthen the car's light signature. The headlamps retain all the existing functions, including xenon dual-function directional lights and corner lights.

The rear lights get a new "Dark Crystal" treatment with clear glass in the central section.


The Citroen C5 inaugurates the new micro-hybrid technology that will be widely applied to numerous models in the range. Initially it will be available with the HDi 110 DPFS version equipped with the EGS6 electronic gearbox system with steering-wheel paddles and low rolling resistance tyres.

The micro-hybrid technology consists of a second-generation Stop & Start system, which retains an alternator-starter, or reversible alternator, boasting enhanced performance. Power has been increased on the first-generation system, by 70% to 2.2 kW, and now includes a power electronics unit. Fitting the system on a diesel engine constitutes a world first for a passenger car.

Start-ups take just 400 ms, half the time of a starter, and remain completely transparent for users. Noise is eliminated through the use of a timing belt rather than the gears of a conventional starter. Vibrations have been eliminated - at start-up and cut-out - by using a twin-mass engine flywheel and a sealed air regulator and by attaining slowdown speed faster.

An onboard network assistance system, called e-booster, boosts the electricity supply of the alternator using super-output, temporarily adding to the power of the battery. This set-up has several advantages, namely:

an increase in transmitted energy, improving start-up capacity for temperatures of as low as -5°C;
onboard network support via complete transparency on the energy required by the alternator, to maintain the performance of the lights, windscreen wipers and radio;
a function that optimises battery charge and super-output through energy recovery when drivers take their foot off the pedal or slow down, with a slight increase in the engine brake.
The Citroen C5 e-HDi is also equipped with an optimised watertight battery sized for up to 600,000 restart cycles. Engine suspension has been enhanced on the Citroen C5 for increased comfort during stops and re-starts.

The new equipment considerably reduces the Citroen C5's fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Over a combined cycle, the diesel model consumes 4.6 l/100 km and emits 120 g/km of CO2. In an urban cycle, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are up to 15% lower.


A new engine is making its appearance in the Citroen C5 range, a new-generation 2.2 litre powerplant bringing across-the-board progress on power, torque, silence, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Upgrades made to this engine are in line with those already used on other diesel units in the range (4- cylinder, 1.6 l and 2 l, 3 l V6). They chiefly concern the common rail system, now third-generation, with maximum injection pressure up to 2,000 bars, combustion chambers retaining ECCS (Extreme Conventional Combustion System) technology, and a lower compression ratio (16 to 1), for enhanced operating silence and lower emissions. Engine feed is still via two turbochargers, whose parallel sequential set-up provides plentiful torque from the lowest engine speeds.

The Citroen C5 HDi 200 DPFS develops 150 kW EEC (204 bhp) at 3,500 rpm and maximum torque of 450 Nm to 2,000 rpm. Mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, the engine provides remarkable performance, with a top speed of 230 km/h (225 km/h for the Tourer), 0-100 km/h in 8.3 seconds (8.6) and combined-cycle consumption of 5.9 l/100 km (6.1). The saloon emits 155 g/km of CO2 and the Tourer 159 g/km. Like the Citroen C5 HDi 240 DPFS, the new version stands out visually with its chrome-finished double tailpipe.

Citroen C5 VTi 120 WITH EGS6, THE NEW PETROL POWERPLANT The Citroen C5 range is now available with a new petrol engine mated to the 6-speed electronic gearbox system (EGS6). Developed with the BMW Group, the 1.6 litre powerplant develops 88 kW EEC (120 bhp). Mated to the EGS6 gearbox, with wheel-mounted paddles, combined-cycle fuel consumption is 6.2 l/100 km and CO2 emissions are 144 g/km.

Citroen eTouch AVAILABLE ON C5

Citroen eTouch is now available on the C5. Comprising a package of services including the emergency and assistance calls, Citroen eTouch also proposes a virtual maintenance manual and an Eco-Driving service accessible via the MyCitroen personal area on the web. For calls, Citroen eTouch works completely independently. The system is equipped with a GPS module and a SIM card, with no need for a call plan and unlimited over time. The vehicles features two buttons, "SOS" for emergency calls (the call is also triggered automatically in the event of impact) and "Double Chevron" for assistance calls. The emergency call gets emergency services to customers faster, for accident victims and bystanders alike. The two services are free and available 24-7.

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