Citroen Metropolis Concept, this is the name of the latest car from the French manufacturer which will formally be unveiled next week at the Shanghai Expo next month. The Metropolis Concept, is bigger that the long-wheelbase S-Class or the new 2010 Audi A8 L W12 which was recently unveiled and has the same width as the Maybach 62 (2 metres).
This concept could open a new market for Citroen and China is the second biggest market globally for the French manufacturer. As you may know already, Volkswagen will bring the facelifted Phaeton at the Beijing Auto Show next week.
Bmw already unveiled the 5-Series LWB (Long-Wheelbase) which will be officially revealed at the same Beijing Auto Show. The Metropolis Concept was developed entirely by PSA Group’s Shanghai design studio and is built on a modified version of of the PSA Group’s Platform 3, used on cars such as the Citroën C6 and Peugeot 407.
Metropolis Concept uses a hybrid drivetrain and combines a 2.0-liter V6 engine, capable to deliver with an electric motor 272bhp and 277lb ft while the electric motor can increase its output from 55bhp to 95bhp when needed.
According to Citroen, the two engines are capable of increasing the combined output to 460bhp and 317lb ft, which means that the performance matches that of a 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine but with CO2 emissions of just 70 g/km. The transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with four-wheel drive. More details to be revealed!