Just like Buick, the French automaker is finding a new lease of life in the world’s largest car market – China – where it recently introduced the all-new C6, a very affordable executive sedan.
In China it appears that French cars can be made better than in France – with the C6 prices ranging according to local media between 189,900 and 279,900 yuan, which equates to €25,700 – €37,880. Which is like having a Peugeot 308 in Europe in terms of pricing. The affordable take ahs been possible thanks to the use of the EMP2 platform and because the development work had already been done for a related model – the Dongfeng Fengshen A9. The two have a similar exterior design but the C6 gets the added panache of a digital dashboard and a more upscale interior.
And while it’s large, the C6 actually uses small engines. The base version makes do with a 1.6 turbo packing 170 hp and 245 Nm (181 lb-ft) of torque, while an upgrade will take the owner to a China-exclusive 1.8-liter turbo with 180 hp plus 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque. Of course, because we’re talking about China there’s no diesel in sight and Citroen has also relinquished that fabulous suspension that ensured smoother than silk rides in the past iterations.