Since the C6 was discontinued in 2012 and then the C5 II in 2017, the Citroën range has been overseen by the C5 Aircross. But the French manufacturer cannot give up its top-of-the-range sedan which gave it its letters of nobility in its time.
After the Traction, Citroën launched the DS in the mid-1950s. Full of innovations and endowed with spectacular comfort for the time, it marked entire generations and became, over time, a star of cars of collection. It is time for Citroën to return to the market for large, high-end sedans.
A vehicle designed for the global market
Citroën is a popular brand in both Europe and Asia. The manufacturer wants to offer a vehicle that corresponds to both markets. In China, sales of sedans exceed those of SUVs, a very suitable market, therefore, to launch a successor to the C6, 8 years after its discontinuation.
If information on this new sedan is still quite scarce, it is possible that it is based, at least in part, on the Cxperience concept car presented in 2016. These dimensions were close to the old C6 and it was equipped with '' a rechargeable hybrid petrol engine.
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The new high-end Citroën sedan will be based on the modular platform of PSA such as the Peugeot 508 and the DS 9, also offering a plug-in hybrid engine.
A “Citroën” rolling lounge
The Cxperience concept car had given an overview of the Advanced Comfort technology which replaced the famous Citroën hydraulic suspension, since this technology was integrated on the C4 Cactus and C5 Aircross. Citroën will deepen this concept of comfort in its new top-of-the-range sedan by further improving the home system using progressive hydraulic cushioning.
The CEO. Citroën, Vincent Cobée, said that the new sedan would not be released in electric version at the start. But it will evolve towards this type of engine in view of Chinese requirements to reach “zero emissions”. The sedan will be adapted to each market with a few variations to meet the requirements of local customers.
Vincent Cobée said on this point: “We must find the right balance between global balance and local adaptation. When you talk about China, you're talking about more electronic equipment, chrome. The face of the car must offer the right status, the presence, the assurance that you have made the right choice. It is an extremely difficult concept for foreigners to grasp. There is a very particular demand from the Chinese market, which may seem a little too great on the European markets. This is where you need to modify the bumpers, headlights, chrome or headlights. ”