This new Citroën Wild Rubis concept car shows the French manufacturer's intent to join the luxury SUV ranks with a stylish new offering.
The Wild Rubis, which formed the centrepiece of the French car maker’s presence at the Shanghai motor show, closely previews a new Chinese-market-only production model that is planned to crown Citroën’s upmarket DS brand when it goes on sale in 2014. The model is likely to take the name DSX7 Hybrid-4 into showrooms.
The car is 4.7m in length, 1.95m in width, 1.59m in height and boasts a 2.9m wheelbase. Autocar sources confirm the Wild Rubis sits on a modified version of the DS5’s platform.
It showcases a new petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain to be offered as part of a range of driveline options on the production version that will likely make its premiere at next year’s Beijing auto show.
The hybrid plug-in drivetrain comprises a transversely mounted 225bhp 1.6-litre THP petrol engine combined with a 69bhp electric motor that is positioned on the rear axle. The electric motor is powered by lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged from a domestic socket. The two power sources give Wild Rubis four-wheel drive capability.
Wild Rubis can run in full-electric mode, with zero emissions, over a range of 31 miles. The electric motor also provides a boost function when the driver acclerates hard, augmenting the petrol unit to provide at total of 291bhp. The car is also capable of 43g/km of CO2 emissions in its most frugal driving modes.
The concept automatically switches to four-wheel-drive mode when it senses that grip conditions are poor, although the driver can also deploy 4WD manually.