Report – Citroen will build a large SUV destined to Asia markets image

According to Citroen CEO Frederic Banzet, the company will begin production of a large crossover/SUV in China between the end of next year and early 2015. The model will be based on the Wild Rubis concept and will not be sold in Europe, as its production is planned only for China and surrounding Asian countries.

At 4700mm long, 1950mm wide and 1590mm tall, the Wild Rubis is similar in size to the Volkswagen Touareg. In Europe, Citroen sells the C4 Aircross compact SUV, which is based on the Mitsubishi ASX, and the C-Crosser, which is based on the Mitsubishi Outlander – but both have a slimmer profile, battling the competition in the sub-compact and compact SUV segment.

“The production model will be less radical than the Wild Rubis concept. For example, it will not sit on 21-inches wheels,” Banzet said in an interview with Automotive News.

Still without a name – rumors say about DS7 or DSX7 – the model will be built in Shenzhen in a new plant that is part of the joint venture between Citroen parent PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Changan Automobile Group. Also, there is now word on the powertrain, but the concept featured a plug-in hybrid setup with a 225 hp (165 kW) 1.6-liter THP petrol engine and a 70 hp (51.5 kW) electric motor.

Via Automotive News