Citroen Tianyi Beyond Is The Chinese Version Of The Facelifted C5 Aircross
Citroen revealed the facelifted C5 Aircross in Europe last January, but the model is now introduced in China under the Tianyi Beyond name. The French SUV is produced locally for the Chinese market by the Stellantis-Dongfeng joint venture.
Visually, the Tianyi Beyond looks virtually identical to the C5 Aircross, benefiting from the same updates that make it look more modern compared to its predecessor. The latter was also available in China but it was called Tianyi C5 Across.
Just like its Euro sibling, the Tianyi Beyond comes with new LED headlights and grille following Citroen’s latest design language, black pillars, chrome accents on the windowline, plastic cladding all around the bodywork, roof rails and skidplates for an adventurous look, plus the updated LED graphics for the taillights.
Inside, the redesigned dashboard features a 10-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen. Equipment includes Level 2 ADAS, a wireless charging port, a panoramic sunroof, a fancy navigation system with augmented reality, and Alcantara upholstery. The comfort-focused SUV also features Citroen’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushions suspension which was introduced in the pre-facelifted C5 Aircross back in 2017, and the signature foam-rich seats.
What is quite different from the EU-spec C5 Aircross is the engine lineup, since China is free from the strict emission regulations of Europe. The entry-level 360THP model is fitted with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine producing 173 hp (129 kW / 175 PS) and 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft). The more powerful 400THP comes fitted with a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine producing 208 hp (155 kW / 211 PS) and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque. Both petrol engines are exclusively mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox sending power to the front axle.
Finally, the Tianyi Beyond is also available in PHEV guise. The electrified powertrain is the most powerful of the range, offering a combined output of 296 hp (221 kW / 300 PS) and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft) of torque, while the rear-mounted electric motor brings AWD capability. Chinese customers don’t get the lesser FWD plug-in hybrid that is available in Europe.
Dongfeng-Citroen has already started taking pre-orders for the Tianyi Beyond in China, with prices ranging between ¥157,700 ($23,393) and ¥231,700 ($34,372) depending on the variant.