The new Citroën Wild Rubis concept car demonstrates the intent of the brand to offer a new stylish SUV to compete with luxury automakers. The high-riding concept is slated to be presented at the upcoming Shanghai auto show. This concept closely previews a new production model, which is meant to be offered just for the Chinese market.
It is intended to crown Citroën’s upmarket DS brand when it starts selling in 2014. It’s likely that this vehicle will use the name DSX7 Hybrid-4 when it arrives at the showrooms. So far, we’ve learned that this new Citroën measures 4.7m long, 1.95m wide, 1.59m tall, and it has a 2.9m wheelbase. Sources say that the Wild Rubis is built on a revised version of the DS5’s platform.
It is expected to be equipped with a new petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain that will be available as part of a lineup of driveline options on the production version that will probably debut at the Beijing auto show next year. The new drivetrain comes with a transversely mounted gasoline engine that drives the front wheels and an electric motor to power the rear wheels to give it a four-wheel drive capability.
There’s no official confirmation yet but it’s believed that the four-cylinder gasoline engine will have a 1.6-litre capacity. When combined with the electric motor, the direct-injection unit is anticipated to offer an overall system output of about 240bhp. The new Citroën SUV measures about 4700mm long, making it similarly sized as the Volkswagen Touareg. This is only one of several popular luxury SUV offerings Citroën development Pierre Monferrini considers to be the rivals for the production version of the Wild Rubis, which is intended to be built in partnership with Citroën’s Chinese-based joint-venture partner, Dongfeng.