Whenever we come across any SUV, they are usually spotted on the streets. Nonetheless, Citroën went a different way to create more buzz around the new C5 Aircross. To generate words around the circle, French automaker decided to put C5 Aircorss to tackle the world’s steepest street. We are talking about Ffordd Pen Llech in Harlech, Wales that was officially named as the steepest street in the world by Guinness World Records. This record was previously held by Baldwin Street situated in Dunedin, New Zealand. Citroën UK team then started to devise an ingenious method to ease the task ahead of Citroën C5 Aircross.
C5 Aircross is a front-wheel drive model that had a task of winding down the street with a gradient of up to 37.5%. Citroën did not mention in their press release whether the model climbed it. All the photos showed C5 Aircross climbing down the street. Interestingly, the press release was titled as “New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV Tackles The World’s Steepest Street And Comes Out On Top.” Few might consider the SUV to climb the steep street. Upon contacting the company, they clarified that the press release was referring to the descending the street.
Citroën C5 Aircross is equipped with Grip Control, Hill Descent Assist, and Connected CAM assistance systems. However, it is hard to believe that an FWD vehicle can climb a gradient of 37.5%. Citroën didn’t have any video from the event, but Guinness World Records did have one that showed it to descent for about 330 meters. C5 Aircross is the first model to come with plug-in hybrid technology.