Big luxury saloon is wheeled out in Shanghai
27 April 2010

The Citroen Metropolis luxury saloon has been unveiled at the Shanghai Expo.

The Metropolis, which is bigger than a long-wheelbase S-class or A8 L at 5.3m long, and as wide as a Maybach 62, at two metres, could open up an entirely new market for the French manufacturer.

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China is the second biggest market globally for Citroën, and it’s a market that likes its large luxury saloons. BMW is unveiling a long-wheelbase 5-series at the Beijing show this week, and VW will show its facelifted Phaeton.

The Metropolis is the first car to be styled and developed by the PSA Group’s Shanghai design studio. It builds on the themes established by the Hypnos concept, using a full-width Citroën double chevron in the grille, the same upright intakes ahead of the front wheels and even near-identical door mirrors. The complex turbine-style wheels are 21-inchers, with 265/35 tyres.

Underneath the Metropolis is a modified version of on the PSA Group’s Platform 3, which is used in cars such as the Citroën C6 and Peugeot 407. Both Peugeot and Citroën build Platform 3 cars in China in a joint venture with local manufacturer Dongfeng Auto.

The Metropolis uses a hybrid drivetrain, combining a 2.0-litre V6 petrol engine with an electric motor that can increase its output from 55bhp to 95bhp when needed.

The engine produces 272bhp and 277lb ft, but using the motor’s overboost function, the two are capable of increasing the combined output to 460bhp and 317lb ft. The transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with four-wheel drive.

Citroen claims performance matches that of a 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine but CO2 emissions are just 70g/km.

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27 April 2010

Bearing in mind trends of luxury vehicles nowadays (especially proportioning of "long and low"), this thing looks pretty well. Slightly overdesigned (which becomes citroen's trademark) for a serious car, but make other big boys look conservative and maybach ashamed of itself :) As for the speculations concerning the engine, just put twin turbo diesel of decent capacity in it.

27 April 2010

It's beautiful and striking allright, but is it a CITROEN? Sorry, but all I see is another tinkering of Audi-esque concept, if this was the next Audi A8 nobody would be surprised. CITROEN should never be a me-too product and the designers repsonsible should fight for every chance in the world to gain back its idiosyncracies, uniqueness and flair for standing out from the flock. How about modern interpretation of closed rear wheelarches of the CX? Sadly, CITROEN has decided that being German is all what matters nowadays, hence ridicoulously big tyres and ultra complicated wheels. Please CITROEN, go back to your design root: elegance and feline lines.

27 April 2010

[quote MikeFoxtrot] How about modern interpretation of closed rear wheelarches of the CX?[/quote]

How about a modern interpretation of the whole CX? The closed wheel arches were a characteristic that defined a Citroen more than anything else and it has been disappointing that the company's design renaissance has not resurrected them.

27 April 2010

[quote orandzh]As for the speculations concerning the engine, just put twin turbo diesel of decent capacity in it.[/quote]

This car has been designed in China, and probably just for China. So it cant have a diesel engine if they want it to be taken seriously. If they want to sell cars in any number outside Europe they need decent perol engines.

27 April 2010

[quote Autocar]...an electric motor that can increase its output from 55bhp to 95bhp when needed.

The engine produces 272bhp and 277lb ft, but using the motor’s overboost function, the two are capable of increasing the combined output to 460bhp and 317lb ft.[/quote]
How does 272bhp from the engine and 95bhp from the electric motor give a total of 460bhp? And if I'm not mistaken, you can't just add up the outputs in hybrid systems. Even Lexus don't claim 460bhp total for their LS600h with its 5 litre V8 and bigger battery system.

But I do love the styling!

27 April 2010

[quote MikeFoxtrot]Sorry, but all I see is another tinkering of Audi-esque concept[/quote]
Agreed.
And, ironically, I think it looks a lot more like a Peugeot than a Citroen (Chevron grill aside!).

27 April 2010

Im impressed - something this big, with 4wd & only emits 70 g/km.

Im guessing this thing will have incredible road presense, considering its size and concept car styling. I want one ! Although I agree it doesn't look quintessentially like a Citroen, but it made me think- what would that be anyway. The C5 took a different direction. Citroen are always changing their design language.This encapsulates a degree of self confidence & injects some flair into what is a very sombre and conservative big car market. ( It looks like a bit like a luxo concept stretched Mitsu Evo- which I like :p)

27 April 2010

If this model, even if only with half of the tech, were available in a few months it would blow the Germans (and everyone else, for that matter), clear out of the water, just like the DS did back in the 50's.

Citroën, get going and don't forget to offer a 5-metre SWB version for us cramped Europeans!

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