MATT CAMPBELL April 13, 2012
French brand's latest DS concept, Numero 9, revealed featuring sleek lines and expansive proportions.
Four-door coupes are big business in the luxury car market, and Citroen looks set to join the fray.
The French brand has uncovered the latest model line of DS concept cars, the Numero 9, ahead of its debut at this month's Beijing motor show.
The car reportedly measures almost five metres in length - longer than a Commodore - and with a longer wheelbase and wider hips than a Porsche Panamera.
Its proportions are exaggerated by its broad-shouldered styling, with a wide grille and thin LED headlights at the front and a thin roof-top spoiler at the rear. The oversized turbine-look alloy wheels give it even more street cred, while also helping the car cut through the air more efficiently.
Under the sleek and stylish skin hides an ultra-efficient plug-in hybrid drivetrain that combines a 165kW, 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine powering the front wheels with a lithium-ion battery pack and a 50kW electric motor powering the rears.
The car is reportedly good for a combined fuel consumption figure of just 1.5L/100km, yet when the batteries and petrol engine combine to full effect - 215kW - it can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 5.4 seconds.
The Numero 9 can also travel on electricity only for up to 50 kilometres, with the battery pack taking 3.5 hours to recharge from a regular powerpoint.
A production version of the car - likely to be called DS9 - is expected to see production in the near future, with China as its primary target as that country is the French brand's biggest market.
It will likely be targeted at buyers of the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and CLS, BMW 7-Series and 6-Series GranCoupe and Jaguar XJ. And, according to UK reports, any production version of the car that does eventuate could be offered with the option of petrol or diesel powerplants, meaning a European - and possibly Australian - specified model could follow.
The model is also said to preview a smaller DS-line sedan as well as offering a few cues to a new DS-inspired SUV, possibly based on Citroen's upcoming C4 AirCross. Both of those models, however, are expected to be offered mainly in China.