Super-eco version of Citroen C6 in the works

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

Building big executive cars is one of Citroen's areas of expertise but now, it aims to make a super-eco version of the C6 executive saloon that claims to have a CO2 output of less than 100g/km. The car will be fitted with PSA's new diesel hybrid drivetrain including other aerodynamic modifications to make it more economical.

A similar design to the 3008 hybrid concept will be used. Powering the front wheels is a transversely mounted 163bhp turbodiesel engine, fitted with an alternator/generator and a stop-start system. Also featured is a six-speed "robotized" self-shifting manual box.

Replacing the C6's rear suspension is a new setup of a single electric motor that drives the rear wheels. The electronic control systems and a small battery pack will be taking up space at the rear.

Figuring largely in the eco C6 are its aerodynamic improvements namely the low-resistance tires, a flat underbody, and semi-enclosed rear wheels. Citroen will be aiming for a Cd figure of 0.24 or below.

Sources say that Citroen was considering a suggestion that the car will get the CX moniker: the French version of "Cd" and the name of the company's 1974 aero-influenced flagship. 

Due to the flexibility of the new Peugeot-Citroen "hang-on" hybrid drivetrain, eco versions of the C4/308 family of vehicles and the C5/407 replacement will also be heading for production.

Topics: citroen, sedan, green car

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