French firm is developing mould-breaking car models, despite recent focus on high-riding SUVs and crossovers

Citroën’s product planning boss says the firm is committed to offering ‘traditional’ car styles in the future, despite its recent focus on SUVs – but adds that it will approach future models “in an unconventional way”.

The French firm is currently undergoing a major range renewal, which has focused on introducing new and updated SUV models, because of their rapidly rising popularity. That has involved dropping largely traditional cars from its line-up – for example, with the C4 replaced by the higher-riding C4 Cactus. But Xavier Peugeot says that, with key models such as the C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross in place, attention will now switch to other body shapes.

“There are not only SUVs in the world: there are hatches, saloons and estates, and there are lots of markets in which these other types of car play a role,” Peugeot told Autocar. “That means we have to give an answer [to meet that demand], and we will.

“But there is one thing connected to our DNA: we will not consider additional silhouettes in a classical way. Citroën’s DNA is rooted in a bold capacity to shake the rules and move the standards.”

With large saloons still popular in the key Chinese market, Citroën is developing a replacement for the C5 and C6, which will be based on the C-xperience concept seen at the 2016 Paris motor show. Peugeot said that any such car would be based on the PSA Group’s LMP2 platform used for the recent Peugeot 508. 

Peugeot admitted a bold design could prove divisive, but noted the same was true of the firm’s ‘airbumps’ and said: “A Citroën has to be easily identified. I love it when people go ‘wow, I love it’, while others go ‘mmm, not sure’. We just need to get the balance right.

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24 June 2019
The front looks fine but the side profile is absolutely ugly as sin and so is the rear. Nobody in the UK will buy it as a Citroen is premium enough to warrant the price tag.

24 June 2019

DS and CX classics revival. Update them for crash and modern convenience but don't get carried away with overstyling.  They should be instantly recognizable and with computer design and modules make them ultra reliable.

24 June 2019

Citroen have a fantastic heritage in the DS and CX yet don't seem to appreciate it.  I guess the C6 was a reasonable attempt but somehow it missed the mark; it didn't quite have the flowing lines like the CX.  I saw a CX recently - it still looks stunning and you're right, it would only need updating in its detailing.  In fact, I think it's better than the DS which, being that much older, has dated in many aspects.

24 June 2019

Whatever you think of this design, I'm glad that Citroen are still thinking about saloon cars, whether we buy them in the UK or not. No mention of the DS brand in the article, presumably it will now just be a lacklustre SUV range, as it moves towards its phasing out.

24 June 2019

Yes, love the shape of the CX, even more than the DS. The XM is utterly unique too, much underrated, an object lesson in how to design a big car using lines rather than curves.

But is this an electric car? Or an ICE? If the latter, then the absence of air vents below the bumper (flaps that can open for increased ventilation?) suggests that those huge below-bumper vents in most current cars are for decoration only - Bad dishonest design.

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