The French automaker has been steadily growing in China, the world’s largest auto market, and since it lost the DS Automobiles it sees now the need for a new flagship model.
Since DS Automobiles left the patronage of Citroen to become a fully fledged independent upscale brand, Citroen has been lacking in the department of flagships – but according to the latest report this issue will be amended soon. It appears the company is looking to resurrect the C6 nameplate and the first prototype of the car – with the codename X81 – has already been produced since November last year. Apparently the new C6 will ride on the PSA EMP2 architecture and will receive 1.8- and 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engines, as Chinese drivers are not fans of diesel cars. After the market launch it appears the next move for the new C6 would be to employ a hybrid powertrain.
The new C6 is expected to have numerous elements taken from the Citroen Metropolis concept that was delivered in Shanghai way back in 2010 – though without the most astonishing elements seen at the front and a reduced wheelbase. Sales are expected to commence before the year ends and manufacturing will be handled by the Dongfeng-PSA joint venture in China, with an official reveal of the model taking place sometimes during the third quarter of the year. By the way, the DS Automobiles will take advantage of the new C6 introduction and present its own take on the flagship model – apparently called DS9. It would also be produced by the same joint venture and it has been tipped for launch sometimes during next year.