- Citroen's Numero 9 is an all-but-ready-for-production precursor to the French automaker's future flagship, which is expected to be called DS9.
- The Numero 9 appears to borrow styling cues from the 2010 Metropolis concept.
- The Numero 9 concept will be unveiled later this month at the Beijing auto show.
PARIS — Citroen's Numero 9 plug-in hybrid concept is an all-but-ready-for-production precursor to the French automaker's future flagship, which is expected to be called DS9. The Numero 9 concept will be unveiled later this month at the Beijing auto show.
Citroen teased the vehicle last month on its Facebook page.
The Numero 9 appears to borrow styling cues from the Metropolis, the unusual hybrid limousine concept that Citroen unveiled at the 2010 Shanghai World Fair. The Metropolis was created at the PSA Peugeot Citroen design center in Shanghai, while the Numero 9 was designed in Paris.
Marking the launch of the DS family in China, Citroen says the Numero 9 features "radical executive styling with luxury and comfort" and "signals styling cues of the next three models in the DS line," including a C-segment premium sedan, a D-segment executive sedan and an SUV.
The DS series currently is comprised of three smaller models — the DS3, DS4 and DS5.
Citroen describes the Numero 9 as "a new take on the shooting brake body style." It features a low roof line and wide stance, and rides on 21-inch tires mounted on turbine-style wheels with integral fins to reduce turbulence.
The car's plug-in hybrid powertrain employs a 50kW electric motor at the rear and a choice of gasoline or diesel engine in front, which enables the driver to operate in front-, rear- or all-wheel-drive mode, depending on vehicle speed and traffic conditions.
The Beijing concept is equipped with a 221-horsepower 1.6-liter direct-injection gasoline engine. The powertrain combination provides 0-60 acceleration in less than 5.4 seconds according to Citroen, with a top speed of more than 150 mph. Fuel economy averages a remarkable 138 mpg on the combined European driving cycle.
Citroen says the vehicle's range on electric power only is around 30 miles, and its lithium-ion battery pack can be charged in less than four hours from standard household current.
Edmunds.com says: Yet another avant garde design from this historically outside-the-box brand.