These are the first images that have come out of Citroen's Metropolis concept, a big luxury saloon that will debut at the Shanghai Expo next month. At 5.3 meters long and being as wide as Maybach 62, the Metropolis is larger than a long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Metropolis is expected to appeal to a whole new market for Citroen.
As a brief background, the Metropolis is the first car to be styled and created by the PSA Group's Shanghai design studio. The themes used are from the Hypnos concept, such as the wide Citroen double chevron in the grille, the air intakes ahead of the front wheels and very similar door mirrors.
The turbine-style wheels are 21 inches large and are covered in 265/35 tires. The car uses PSA Group's Platform 3, which are also used by the Citroen C6 and the Peugeot 407.
This platform is what Peugeot and Citroen use to build cars in China with Dongfeng Auto. The Metropolis is equipped with a hybrid drivetrain, merging a 2.0-litre V6 petrol engine mated to an electric motor that can raise its output from 55 to 95hp when necessary.
The gasoline unit generates 272hp and 277 lb-ft. of torque on its own, but when the electric motor's maximum output is added, the combined power reaches 460hp and 317 lb-ft. of torque.
The transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch box and the car is four-wheel drive. Citroen claims to have performance figures equivalent to those of a 4.0-liter V8 petrol engine with CO2 emissions of only 70 g/km.