Citroën will be displaying a plug-in hybrid concept of its handsome C5 Aircross SUV at the Paris Motor Show next month, a move that will mark the beginning of the French brand’s PHEV offensive. It is Citroën first plug-in hybrid model in the Core Model Strategy family, and the company plans to electrify 80% of its range by 2023, and 100% by 2025.

While not set in stone, this C5 Aircross PHEV concept is powered by a combination of a Turbo High Pressure (THP) petrol engine and electric motor. The internal combustion engine makes 180 hp while the e-motor, which is sandwiched between the engine and transmission, makes 80 kW (107 hp). Its total system output is rated at 225 hp and 337 Nm, with power routed to the front wheels through an e-EAT8 eight-speed electric automatic gearbox.

Citroën claims that the SUV is capable of covering a distance of 50 km in pure electric mode, and it could wheeze up to 135 km/h, which is fairly quick by today’s PHEV standards. The CO2 emissions is touted to be under the 50g/km mark, and its fuel consumption is rated at 2.0 litres per 100 km. That’s about 40% more efficient than its combustion-only counterparts. Three drive modes are available, starting with ZEV (pure electric only), Hybrid or Sport.

There’s regenerative braking as standard, which boosts efficiency by up to 10%, the automaker says. Charging the 200V lithium-ion battery (13.2 kW/h capacity) through a Type 2 connector takes between four to eight hours through a European domestic 14A socket, but it’ll take just two hours for a full charge through a dedicated 32A three-phase AC charger.

On the exterior design front, the C5 Aircross Hybrid Concept is almost exactly the same as the combustion-only version, save for electric blue accents which denote its eco-friendliness. It sits on 19-inch Anthracite alloy wheels (which are just painted versions of the stock units) and gets a hybrid badge on the tailgate. The charging port is on the rear left side of the car.

Inside, the concept SUV shares the same funky cabin, but new to it are the beige leather-effect fabric on the dashboard, beige leather/fabric Advanced Comfort Seats with new square patterns, as well as subtly-applied electric blue highlights. The same 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and central eight-inch infotainment unit is carried over, albeit upgraded to feature the car’s petrol-electric propulsion system.

Lastly, Citroën says the boot volume is not compromised, because the battery pack is installed under the floor, just below the rear passenger space. So, what do you think of the C5 Aircross Hybrid Concept? Are you a fan of the way it looks, or is it just too quirky for your liking?