A flagship Citroën C6 saloon will go on sale in spring 2005, marking the return of a big Citroën after the demise of the XM in 2000.
The luxury four-door is further evidence of the revival of Citroën and Peugeot, who will launch 26 new models by the end of 2006, by when Citroën’s entire range will have been replaced.
At 4.92m long, the new C6 will make an impressive top of the range model. In size it will be close to luxury saloons like the Jaguar XJ and Merc S-Class, but will feature more futuristic styling and an advanced digital dashboard to distinguish itself from established luxury marques.
Under the skin the C6 will be more familiar, employing a stretched version of the C5’s PF3 platform, the largest of the PSA Group’s three common platforms. Up to 60 per cent of the parts will be common, the percentage targeted by PSA to keep costs under control.
The C5’s Hydractive suspension, engines and gearboxes will also be adapted from the C5. In its fourth-generation, the smooth-riding gas/fluid suspension is expected to get further refinements to its electronic control to improve the ride/handling compromise.
But the C6’s dramatic styling, interior and digital instrument panel will all be unique.
The shape and architecture is closely based on the C6 Lignage concept (shown right) from Geneva 1999 and the work of advanced design chief Mark Lloyd.
But the design details, such as the distinctive new ‘twin-Chevron’ nose decoration and ‘boomerang’ headlights were created under Jean-Pierre Plouie, Citroën’s new design boss. These were previewed on the C-Airlounge concept (shown in gallery). The smoothly-curved nose and low-set air intake bring an aerodynamic theme to the C6, a feature of both the XM and the1970s flagship, the CX. Also unusual will be frameless doors, a detail on the DS.