Plug-in hybrid SUV show car to debut in Paris, production model due in 2020.

The Citroen C5 Aircross Plug-in Hybrid concept has been revealed ahead of its public debut at the Paris motor show next month.

In terms of its design, the concept is clearly based on the standard C5 Aircross, though it gets blacked-out wheels, a cool blue-themed body wrap, and blue accents for the lower front bumper and side skirts.

Power comes from a 134kW turbocharged petrol engine mated to an 80kW electric motor located between the engine and gearbox, sending drive to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Combined power output for the plug-in hybrid system is rated at 168kW, while Citroen only mentions the electric motor’s torque figure of 337Nm in the press materials.

A 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack allows for a claimed zero-emissions driving range of up to 50km, while the C5 Aircross PHEV can remain in electric mode at speeds of up to 135km/h. The battery can be charged in two hours using a 32A wall box.

Citroen claims the hybrid SUV will return 2.0L/100km and emit just 50g of CO2 per kilometre, representing a 40 per cent fuel saving over a conventional combustion-powered model.

There’s also an energy recuperation system to charge the car during deceleration and braking.

The blue theme continues inside, with accents on the dashboard and the back of the beige leather/fabric seats. There’s hybrid-specific displays and menus on the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, also echoing the blue-coloured theme.

Citroen has confirmed the C5 Aircross PHEV will go into production, with a market launch scheduled for early 2020. From there, the French brand has committed to offering an electrified variant of 80 per cent of its range by 2023, and 100 per cent by 2025.

All new models launched after the C5 Aircross will offer electrification, too. The Citroen C5 Aircross Plug-in Hybrid concept will be on display at the Paris motor show from October 4-14. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage.

Australia

The regular C5 Aircross is ‘on the wish list’ for PSA Down Under, meaning there’s no guarantee even the regular petrol and diesel range will make the trip.