Join Date: Oct 2006
2006 EDM WRX STI
Citroen Numero 9 concept and Citroen Wild Rubis concept
There are plenty of tasty vehicles we never get to see stateside, and though some we won’t lose sleep over, others cause us to drool with desire, like the Citroen Numero 9 Concept. About to make its debut at the Beijing Auto Show, this shooting-brake (European for three or five door station wagons) sports a 225 horsepower plug-in hybrid engine that allows the sleek Numero 9 to travel 31 miles on electricity alone. The 1.6 liter gas engine adds another 70 horsepower and combined with the electric powertrain, pushes the Numero 9 to 60 in a very respectable sub-six seconds. The rear wheel drive Numero 9 will also automatically switch to four wheel drive mode when the going gets slick. We think the overall design could possibly make wagons cool again for the American market if Citroen ever builds it and if Citroen ever makes it to our shores (keep dreaming). Check out more photos and a video after the jump, and try to ignore the fact that the male model could use few sandwiches and a slight cheering up.
Zut alors! Doesn't Citroen's four-door Numero 9 concept, which was teased last month, look smashing?
These pictures of the French manufacturer's hybrid-powered wagon have been delivered ahead of the N9's debut at the upcoming 2012 Beijing motor show, hinting that Citroen's DS sub-brand is about to get itself a new flagship. And we really, really hope it looks this good.
The styling flagellation begins with 21-inch wheels and ends just 1.27m later with a glass roof. But its massive 1.94m width and 4.9m length - only 1.79cm shorter than an S-Class - leave plenty of room to showcase that front-end. Citroen says: "It introduces the new identity of future models, along with an original light signature. The concept signals the styling cues of the next three DS line models: a premium sedan, an SUV and an executive saloon."
Underneath the 1500kg shell, there's full plug-in full-hybrid tech, which Citroen thinks will esteem to 166mpg, 50km all-electric range, 295hp, and 39g/km of CO2. There's also a deliciously Turbo Outrun-sounding ‘boost' function, which combines the power of the combustion engine and electric motor, dispatching all 295 horsepowers at once. This means 0-62mph takes 5.4 seconds and it'll travel a 1,000m in 25.3 seconds from a standing start.
The drivetrain mashes a normal FWD combustion engine together with an electric motor - rechargeable in 3.5 hours, fact fans - on the rear axle that develops 70hp and 200 torques. If the car reckons you're prodding the edge of adhesion, it switches itself to four-wheel-drive mode, which you can also summon manually. Which sounds useful.
So, providing this forms the basis for a DS9, will the UK be flooded with ‘em? Err, no. This is, resolutely, a proposition aimed at the Chinese market. Firstly, enormous, thrifty Euro saloons are flying out of dealerships out there. Secondly, Blighty reserves its Gallic purchases largely for hatchbacks and MPVs, not wobbly saloons. Guess how many C6s sold here last year?
There is a famous wine-growing estate in Saint-Emillion in France, where this, the Citroen Wild Rubis concept, has made its debut. Clearly, it has been sampling far too much of the Cheval Blanc chateau's produce. Just look at how purple it is.
And what it is is a future glimpse at how a DS-badged Citroen SUV could look. And doesn't it look funky? Inebriation aside, it takes the genes of Citroen's cool DS line and transposes it onto a body measuring up roughly the same size as a BMW X5, if a little shorter in height.
Citroen tells us the concept - set for a world debut at next week's Shanghai Motor Show - is a "subtle combination of power and refinement, packed with technological innovations". Sadly, we are given information on none of these things, barring a note that the DS Wild Rubis will feature a plug-in hybrid setup, which - if it mirrors that of the gorgeous Numero 9 concept we saw last year - equals a 300bhp combustion engine/electric motor and four-wheel-drive. In the 9, that setup was good for a 0-62mph time of just 5.4 seconds. Tasty.
Otherwise, what you see above - and in the gallery, obviously - is what you get. It gets an SUV-strength version of the aforementioned Numero 9 concept's front end, full-LED headlights, rear lights encased in chrome, a bodywork colour that changes with the intensity of the light, and of course, motor-show spec 21in wheels. And is it just us, or is there something of the Infiniti FX50 S about the Wild Rubis?
We'll have more information when it drops at the Shanghai Motor Show, but for now, have a wander through the pics and let us - and Citroen - know your feelings on a DS SUV.