The old car’s split headlights have been replaced by new units with updated daytime running lights

Citroen has given its C5 Aircross Sporty Utility Vehicle “a hi-tech and distinguished new look” as part of a raft of changes intended to move it upmarket.

Arriving at dealerships from April, the Peugeot 3008 rival gets a reconfigured nose that features “a new interpretation of the iconic Citroën logo” on top of V-shaped DRLs and a more upright front grille. Updated tail-lights that have a chequered pattern enclosed within darker lenses are found at the rear.

Available in six body colours – ‘Polar White’, ‘Pearlescent White’, ‘Perla Nera Black’, ‘Platinum Grey’, ‘Cumulus Grey’ and ‘Eclipse Blue’ – buyers can also choose from one of four Colour Packs. Comprising ‘Glossy Black’, ‘Dark Chrome’, ‘Anodised Bronze’ and ‘Anodised Blue’, these shades appear on the front air intakes and doors’ protective ‘Airbump’ panels.

In addition to a front skid plate profiled using aluminium, the facelifted C5 Aircross gets new 18-inch diamond-cut ‘Pulsar’ alloy wheels on top of black door mirror caps and roof bars that are both finished in gloss black.

Changes have also been applied to the C5 Aircross’s interior, the biggest being the introduction of a new 10-inch touchscreen. Larger than the previous unit, and positioned higher on the dash, Citroen says this makes accessing climate control functions and sat-nav features simpler.

The C5 Aircross uses the same 10-inch infotainment system as the latest C4 and the new C5 X

This is joined by a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display that can be customised to show navigation maps, information on active driver-assistance systems and real-time data on the hybrid powertrain which can travel distances of up to 34-miles on a single charge of the car’s onboard battery.

As with the outside, there is the ability for buyers to customise the cabin by choosing from ‘Advance Comfort Ambience’ packs that include various high-grade materials from Alcantara to Nappa leather.

All models come equipped with Citroen’s ‘Advanced Comfort’ seats – chairs that are constructed from high-density foam that promise “the very best in terms of passenger and driver comfort”. Heating and massage functions can be optioned, too.

The new SUV remains the only car in its class to offer three individually sliding, reclining and folding rear seats, while boot volume is unchanged at 580-litres for petrol derivatives and 720-litre for diesel-powered versions.

Total space is down slightly on Plug-in versions, however, as they sacrifice some room for the hybrid set-up’s electrical gubbins. It is still competitive, however, and ranges from 460-litres to 600-litres.

Citroen has not released information on powertrains or transmissions, with this and On The Road Prices for the refreshed people mover expected much closer to its on-sale date.

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