Citroën’s attempts to regain its reputation for individual styling have moved to the fore with the dramatic new C6. These sneak pictures reveal the range-topper in its final production form and show a close similarity to the Lignage concept, first seen at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show – the concept that was a clear attempt to create a successor for the 1955 Citroën DS.
Based on Citroën’s PF3 platform, the C6 will become the company’s flagship, occupying a market position between Peugeot’s 607 and larger four-doors such as Jaguar’s XJ8. Autocar’s sources have suggested that the car will be offered in V6 form only; because the car shares so many underpiinings with the C5/407, Citroen reckons it does not need to offer cheaper, four-cylinder models to subsidise cars further up the range. But with plans to build fewer than 25,000 C6s each year, maximum component-sharing is vital to make the economics of the C6 work.
The Lignage’s pillarless construction, and rear-hinged back doors, have been changed for a more conventional B-pillar with front-hinged rear doors, and the 3.0m wheelbase has been reduced. The glasshouse is also taller, but although the fundamentals of the original design remain, the end result is less pleasing.