2012 Beijing Motor Show Preview: Citroen Numero 9 Concept

Article by Christian A., on April 14, 2012

This new Citroën Numero 9 concept will debut at the Beijing Motor Show. It’s the first to arrive from a fresh wave of DS models. The Numero 9 is a preview for the styling direction that will be taken by the upcoming three DS models: a VW Jetta-sized premium saloon, an SUV and an executive saloon flagship that has the same size as a BMW 5-series model.

This new concept will be launched in Beijing, coinciding with the presentation of the current DS3, DS4 and DS5 to the Chinese market. At Citroën’s core markets, DS sales have reached over 200,000 units to date. For 2012, the range will be offered to emerging markets such as Russia, Brazil and China. Of the three upcoming DS models, two will probably be available in Europe, including the UK. The Numero 9 shooting brake concept is the inspiration for all the models.

It’s likely that the production version will be given the DS9 name. Numero 9 measures 4930mm long, 1940mm wide and 1270mm high, with a wheelbase of 3000mm. With this size, it is positioned between the BMW 5-series and BMW 7-series. Its weight is 1500kg and is equipped with 21-inch ‘turbine’ aerodynamic alloy wheels that aid in channeling air around the wheel arches. The Numero 9 was designed in Paris. It comes with features that are new to the DS line such as a 3D-effect front grille, a new set of full LED headlights and a unique strip of LED daytime running lights.

All of these features will be carried over to the upcoming DS production car designs. This means that the car will get plenty of chrome trim, glazed side surfaces, and the ‘floating roof’ effect. The concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid all-wheel drivetrain. The rear axle is powered by a 69bhp, 148lb ft electric motor while the front wheels are driven by a 221bhp, 203lb ft 1.6 THP petrol engine.

Meanwhile, those offered in Europe will get a diesel motor. The Numero 9 to be displayed at the Beijing show will be powered by a petrol engine that enables it to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 5.4sec. Even with this performance, it has a shocking combined fuel economy of 166mpg and it only emits 39g/km of CO2.

Exterior Design

Through the use of what is known as “Créative Technologie,” the Numéro 9 Concept from Citroën is able to deliver a drive that is truly enjoyable for everyone inside through a mix of safety, comfort, and environment-friendliness.

Taking its cue from the DS3, the DS4, and even the DS5, this newest concept car brings a new look to the DS line by showing off its own version of the shooting brake design.

The Citroën Numéro 9 is able to cleverly combine the proportions of an estate with those of a coupe. It manages to provide a clue to the extraordinary driving feel with the long bonnet, tight lines, and what can be considered as ultra-low stance given that the height is 1.27 meters despite standing on 21-inch wheels.

With overall length of 4.93 meters, a total width of 1.94 meters, and wheelbase measuring 3 meters, onboard comfort is more than guaranteed especially as there is more than enough room for those sitting in the rear. Helping the cabin have that friendly and welcoming atmosphere are the roof and its three glass sections. As already mentioned, the Numéro 9 Concept has some of the design cues in the present DS range such as the light signature.

However, it also evolves some of these cues like the new look of the front end, which is what future models are likely to carry. The grille of this concept car has been sculpted in three dimensions that then flow to the headlights, which utilize LED, and then end with the daytime-running lights.

Given that the Numéro 9 Concept condenses many of the unique forms of the DS range, it has a floating roof which is highlighted with a chrome trim and which has the subtle DS markings. The side surfaces are glazed and moves to the window in the rear.

High levels of materials and body colors were used like deep black for the bodywork which has some hints of violet. This is then finished with the “Whisper,” complementing the warmer shade, which is the chrome finish called the “Californian.”

Press Release

Citroen Numero 9 Concept

A new take on the shooting brake body style, Citroën Numéro 9 Concept has elegant, thoroughbred looks enhanced with further radical design elements. Solid, sculpted proportions and subtle lines convey a distinctive and sophisticated character. The sophistication is allied with a high-quality finish for a truly original driving sensation and features that are practical and versatile in everyday use.

The concept is designed with plug-in full-hybrid technology; an ultra-efficient system that boasts remarkable levels of performance - 166mpg fuel economy, 50km range in ZEV mode, 295hp, a 'boost' function and 39g/km of CO2.

Designed in Paris, Citroën Numéro 9 opens a new chapter in the styling of the DS line.


Following on from DS3, DS4 and DS5, Citroën Numéro 9 Concept takes a fresh look at the DS line with a new take on the prestigious shooting brake design.

Subtly combining the proportions of a coupé with those of an estate, Citroën Numéro 9 hints at exceptional driving sensations, with its taut lines, long bonnet and ultra-low stance (1.27m tall) on 21-inch wheels. It also promises unique onboard comfort with its generous proportions (4.93m long and 1.94m wide, with a 3m wheelbase) providing plenty of room for rear occupants. The three glass areas in the roof also create a welcoming, friendly cabin ambience.

Citroën Numéro 9 Concept evolves the design cues of the current DS line, introducing the new front-end identity of future models, along with an original light signature. The grille is sculpted in 3 dimensions and flows into the full-LED headlights, which end in daytime-running lights. Condensing the distinctive forms of the DS line, the concept also features a floating roof, underlined by chrome trim with discreet DS markings, and glazed side surfaces flowing into the rear window.

A sophisticated use of body colours and materials includes deep black bodywork with subtle hints of violet. The finish, named 'Whisper', is a perfect match for the warmer shade of the 'Californian' chrome finish.

The 'Créative Technologie' used by Citroën Numéro 9 combines comfort, safety and respect for the environment, while also delivering enjoyable driving sensations for all occupants.

Every detail was designed to contribute to Citroën Numéro 9's aerodynamic efficiency (CdA = 0.61) including:

a rear spoiler, which reinforces the fastback effect
windscreen pillars that contribute to efficient air flow around the car
'Turbine' wheels with integrated fins to increase the air flow around the wheel arches, reducing both turbulence and fuel consumption
With its plug-in full-hybrid technology, concept car Numéro 9 is also a perfect fit with Citroën's environmental commitments.

The advanced drivetrain combines a conventional petrol or diesel engine (depending on the market) with an electric motor on the rear axle that develops 70hp and torque of 200Nm. The electric motor is powered by lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged in just 3½ hours from a normal domestic socket. The model on display at the Beijing Motor Show is fitted with a 1.6 THP petrol engine developing 225hp (165kW) and 275Nm of torque.

With its plug-in hybrid technology, Citroën Numéro 9 Concept respects the environment. It has a range of 50km (around 31miles) in all-electric ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mode and, on roads demanding successive acceleration and deceleration, the hybrid drivetrain limits consumption by using both sources of energy. On the motorway, the combustion engine takes over to deliver real performance.

Numéro 9 features new-generation micro-hybrid technology designed to switch the combustion engine to stand-by whenever it is not required.

When the driver requires speed and torque, a 'boost' function combines the power of the combustion engine and electric motor to enable high levels of performance (up to 295hp). Numéro 9 takes just 5.4 seconds to go from 0 to 62mph and 25.3 seconds to travel 1,000m from a standing start.

When grip is lacking, the car switches to four-wheel drive mode with the electric motor driving the rear wheels and the combustion engine powering the front wheels. In particularly difficult driving conditions, such as driving up a sloping, snow-covered road, the driver can manually select 4WD mode. The four-wheel drive system and hydraulic active suspension then deliver increased traction, making full use of the potential of Citroën Numéro 9 in complete safety.

Looking beyond on-road performance and environmental benefits, the full-hybrid plug-in technology offers a third advantage: the cabin can be prepared before the car is used. For example, it can be pre-heated to ensure the comfort of all the occupants as soon as they climb onboard.


Length: 4.93 m
Width: 1.94 m
Height: 1.27 m
Wheelbase: 3.00 m
Total laden weight: 1,500kg
1.6 THP petrol engine developing 225hp (165kW) / torque of 275Nm
Electric motor on rear axle: power of 70hp / torque of 200Nm
ZEV mode: range of 50km
0-1.000m: 25.3 seconds
0-62 mph (0-100 km/h): 5.4 s
Top speed: 152 mph (244km/h)
Fuel Consumption: 166 mpg (1.7 l/100km)
CO2 emissions: 39 g/km
CdA: 0.61

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