The Citroen DS9 concept has been spied undisguised ahead of its debut at the Beijing motor show
22 March 2012

The luxurious new Citroen DS9 concept has been spied completely undisguised ahead of its expected debut at next month’s Beijing motor show.

The new model was caught while on a promotional shoot on the famous Place de la Concorde in Paris, one of the most photographed locations in the world.

Inspired by the Metropolis concept from the Shanghai world expo in 2010, the new DS9 will be the flagship model for Citroen’s expanded DS line-up.

Citroen boss Frederic Banzet confirmed to Autocar at the Geneva motor show earlier this month that 2012 would mark the “internationalisation” of the DS brand. To that end, the firm was planning to launch three new DS models created initially for China alongside a worldwide rollout of its existing DS3, DS4, and DS5.

The DS9 will be the first of these three new DS models to reach production, tipped by insiders to be by the end of 2013. The DS6 name has previously been floated for this flagship, but the concept features a ‘9’ in its rear numberplate. Giving it the DS9 badge also allows Citroen plenty of breathing space between the DS5 and DS9 to launch other DS models.

The Beijing car is a concept, so it’s expected to lose the dramatic wheels and wing mirrors for production. But Citroen’s current DS production cars have stayed true to their concepts, so the basic silhouette of the DS9 is expected to be carried over for production.

As well as drawing inspiration from the acclaimed Metropolis concept, the big Citroen also bears resemblance to Peugeot HX1 concept from last year’s Frankfurt motor show.

The HX1 sported a pair of novel rear ‘scissor’ doors, which opened upwards. It’s possible the DS9 concept could adopt these, but their chances of making production would be slim due to the engineering costs.

It’s also possible the DS9 could adopt the six-seater HX1’s three rows of seats, given how much of a premium rear cabin space is put on cars for Chinese buyers.

The DS9 is likely to be sold outside China, but a UK launch would initially appear doubtful given the lack of success recent big Citroens have endured. “They could end up elsewhere as we have a worldwide ambition with DS,” Banzet confirmed.

The other new Citroen DS models for China will be a C-segment saloon and a new SUV.

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22 March 2012

That looks great. Mind you, so does the C6, they're cheap as chips now, and I still haven't bought one...

22 March 2012

very stylish if rather wide.

but look at the closed main grille at the front - do you think this is a range-extender EV with just a small engine? No cooling for an internal combustion engine this size of car would need otherwise

22 March 2012

I wouldn't say 'caught undisguised', more 'paraded in front of the public'.

It's not unattractive but I was expecting more. Where DS5 was radical this is borderline bland. The low roof and more extreme detailing will get toned-down for any production car so I guess I'm a little underwhelmed. However, I expect to be wowed by the interior.


22 March 2012

Looks fantastic to me. Like a four door Bugatti. If it's production realistic it could be the first desirable French luxo-barge since the original Goddess…...

22 March 2012

Fabulous, even with the huge wheels. This would surely sell well even in the UK/Europe with looks like this, provided of course that it had a magic carpet ride rather than an Audi/Merc/BMW rivalling harshness.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

22 March 2012

It's a shame it's going to be, one assumes, rather optimistically priced (if the C6 is anything to go by) because it looks stunning to me.

Let's just hope it rides like the old Xantia Activa and not like the apparently uncomfortable DS4 and DS5

22 March 2012

" UK launch would initially appear doubtful given the lack of success recent big Citroens have endured" I hope so, it's hideous

 

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22 March 2012

[quote Autocar]The luxurious new Citroen DS9 concept has been spied completely undisguised ahead of its expected debut at next month’s Beijing motor show.

The new model was caught while on a promotional shoot on the famous Place de la Concorde in Paris, one of the most photographed locations in the world.

Inspired by the Metropolis concept from the Shanghai world expo in 2010, the new DS9 will be the flagship model for Citroen’s expanded DS li... Read the full article[/quote] Yeah, right!, this'll make it to the road looking like this?,it looks great, but, it juat to out there, ok, the French have been known to put out there cars on the road, the Avantime for instance, but, oh yes it bombed, it;s only chance is maybe cars for the French government officials, state cars, something like that, shame?.......oh yes.

Peter Cavellini.

22 March 2012

They should repeat these lines for smaller Citroens.

It would look great for C segment car, as it is, its grotesque.

Myk

22 March 2012

Wow! Just wow! The dark colour and less than perfect photos are making the sides appear quite bland in some frontal shots, but the rear 3/4 photos show up the sculpturing much better. Much better than the Metropolis - I hope the production version stays as faithful as other DS concepts have.

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