Proving just how serious Citroën is about being a global brand, it is launching two new models – the Citroën C-Elysée and the Citroën C4 L. By the end of this year, these models will arrive in the Mediterranean and Chinese markets. By 2013, the Russian markets will get them too. Citroën’s DS brand will be officially launched in China on June 28.
The sale date of Citroën's DS3,DS4 and DS5 models will be shortly after. PSA’s plant in Vigo, Spain, will build the Citroën C-Elysée, which would then be shipped to Turkey, Spain, central Europe and Algeria. PSA’s new VTi 72 petrol engine will power the three-box C-segment saloon. Citroën said that this engine was especially made to suit the driving conditions and quality of the fuel in emerging markets. The new engine delivers 72bhp and 81lb ft of torque from 3000rpm.
It has a fuel consumption rating of 56.5mpg and has CO2 emissions of 115g/km, about 22% better than the 1.4-litre unit it replaces. Furthermore, it will be available with a five-speed manual or automated gearbox.
Citroën will also soon make the new VTi 115 engine available. It will be offered with either a manual or automatic gearbox, together with PSA's HDi 92 engine which has a fuel efficiency rating of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 108g/km. Citroën believes that the C-Elysée’s interior will be spacious and its rear will be similar to cars in the D-segment with a 506-litre boot. It is the longest vehicle in its class with its 2.65m wheelbase.
The Citroën C4 L is ranked near the top of the C-segment and is the first model to originate from Citroën’s Shanghai style centre. The C4 L will be locally produced in every country where it will be available. Production will start in the first half of 2013 at its plant in Kaluga, Russia and at the PSA/Dongfeng plant in Wuhan, China. This engine line-up will comprise the BMW/PSA-developed THP 155 and 175 petrol engines and even PSA’s own VTi 135 unit. These two engines will be available with a new automatic or a sequential six-speed gearbox.
Citroën C-Elysée greatly benefits from the Citroën team’s brand expertise, especially when it comes to road feel. The carmaker combined specially designed running gear and wide tracks with informative and precise electric power steering (at any speed) in order to ensure the C-Elysée’s strong road-holding and passenger safety, even in difficult conditions. And, depending on what country you are in, you can have your C-Elysée fitted with ABS and ESP, whether standard or as an option, or up to 4 airbags.
What’s more, the Citroën C-Elysée is easy to drive and boasts brand expertise in comfort and suspension, expressing a sense of real driving pleasure and well-being, regardless of driving conditions.
Additionally, the car has generous exterior dimensions, with a length of 4.43 meters, a width of 1.7 meters, and a height of 1.47 meters. Meanwhile, it has the longest wheelbase in its category at 2.65 meters. Aside from offering an impeccable ride, it also offers exceptional space.
The car’s interior also features impressive roominess, as well as best-in-class seating space at the rear. That means rear passengers get to enjoy remarkable leg room. Moreover, the cabin’s spacious design has no impact whatsoever on the car’s boot space, which has a 506-liter (VDA) capacity and is considered one of the largest in its category. All these features make the Citroën C-Elysée fully suited for its role as the main family car.