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Grip Control and Hill Descent Assist join a host of other driver assistance systems to allow the Citroen C5 Aircross to descend the world's steepest street.

02 Sep 2019 | International News : U.K.



Earlier in the year Citroen U.K. decided to descend the world's steepest street, Ffordd Pen Llech, with its flagship C5 Aircross SUV.

The Hill Descent Assist system on the C5 Aircross will maintain the vehicle's speed on steep roads, allowing the driver to concentrate on steering the car
Meandering round a series of tight turns and steep descents, the street provides a challenge for all who tackle it, with a climb of 50m over its winding 330m course. It was only natural therefore that the U.K.'s steepest street should become the perfect place to test the C5 Aircross SUV.

Despite having to tackle gradients of up to 37.5% at its steepest point, the new C5 Aircross SUV was able to handle the descent with ease thanks to its Grip Control technology and Hill Descent Assist, offering supreme levels of traction all the way down.

When engaged at speeds below 30km/h, and on a gradient of more than 5%, the Hill Descent Assist system works to reduce the chance of slipping by electronically maintaining the vehicle's speed (to as low as 3km/h) and brake control, leaving the driver to focus purely on the direction of travel.

The new Citroen C5 Aircross SUV also benefits from the Citroen Advanced Comfort programme. The brand's unique suspension system, with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions integrates hydraulic bump stops to better control compression and rebound, ensure that the suspension travel is much more progressive, even on the most adverse of surfaces.

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