Citroen DS9 teased ahead of its official debut

Article by Christian A., on March 20, 2012

Citroën’s official Facebook page showed this disguised image that is believed to be the luxury saloon Citroën DS9. Attached to this image is a message: ‘The future of the DS line is already taking shape at Citroën...’. The Citroën DS9 is slated to be officially launched this April at the Beijing Motor Show. Citroën boss Frederic Banzet said during the recently held Geneva motor show that the high-end DS brand will be subjected to “internationalization” this year.

He also talked about plans for the DS3, DS4 and DS5 models to be launched in China, Russia and Brazil. Banzet said the company wants to take advantage of the fact that Citroën’s largest market (even bigger than its home market in France) is China and will be releasing three new China-only DS models. These are a new C-segment saloon, a new SUV and a bigger saloon (which seems to be the one displayed on Facebook).

At launch, they will be China-only; however, the company is open to making them available in the other markets such as Europe. The Metropolis concept, which was seen as the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010, appears to be the inspiration of this saloon. This concept is an executive saloon that may rival the German brands that lead this sector. The DS9 moniker makes a reference to the original DS19.

The Citroën Numéro 9 Concept takes the current DS line’s design cues and improves them, introducing a new front-end identity for future models, along with its original light signature. Numéro 9’s grille has been sculpted in three dimensions and flows into full light-emitting diode headlights ending in daytime-running lights. The concept also condenses the DS line’s distinctive forms and boasts a floating roof that is underlined by chrome trim complete with subtle DS markings, as well as glazed side surfaces that flow into its rear window.

Moreover, the concept boasts a sophisticated use of body colors and materials, like the deep black bodywork plus subtle touches of violet. Its 'Whisper' finish is a great match for its warmer shade of 'Californian' chrome finish.

Citroën Numéro 9 also uses 'Créative Technologie,' which combines safety, comfort, and a respect for the environment, and at the same time delivers fun and enjoyable driving sensations for everyone onboard. The concept car also has a plug-in full-hybrid technology, which perfectly fits with Citroën's environmental commitments.

In addition, the concept’s advanced drivetrain pairs a conventional diesel or petrol engine with an electric motor that develops 70 horsepower and a torque of 200Nm. This electric motor on the rear axle is being powered by lithium-ion batteries, which can be fully recharged in 3.5 hours using an ordinary domestic socket.

The Citroën Numéro 9 Concept shows respect for the environment through its plug-in hybrid technology. It has a range of around 31 miles in all-electric Zero Emission Vehicle mode. Then, on roads that demand successive acceleration and deceleration, this hybrid drivetrain uses both energy sources to limit consumption. On the motorway, the concept’s combustion engine takes over so as to deliver real performance.

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