Citroën to produce Metroplis concept for Chinese market

Citroën to produce Metroplis concept for Chinese market

The Chinese market is proving a lucrative one for luxury car brands and with this in mind Citroën has decided to enter. But instead of releasing a luxury version of it’s more popular volume models, Citroën is going in much harder with a tailor made machine.

According to recent reports out of Europe and China, parent company PSA/Peugeot-Citroën is ready to  jump-start its Asian operations by building a production version of its Metropolis concept, the first design penned by the company’s Shanghai-based design team. First unveiled in China back in May, the Metropolis shows the plan for Citroen to reinvent itself as an upmarket brand with extra appeal to upscale Chinese buyers.

When it heads into production, the Metropolis is expected to carry the DS9 nameplate and will top the DS range the massive executive limousine. While the concept featured a compact V6 mated to an electric motor and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the production version could make use of any powertrain used in the range. The vehicle will most likely sit on a modified platform borrowed from the outgoing Citroën C6 and Peugeot 407. It will likely be built in China at the joint-venture facility announced last July with Changan Automobile Group.

If the Metropolis/C9 will make it to European or North American markets is at this stage, unknown.

The Chinese market is proving a lucrative one for luxury car brands and with this in mind Citroën has decided to enter. But instead of releasing a luxury version of it’s more popular volume models, Citroën is going in much harder with a tailor made machine.

According to recent reports out of Europe and China, parent company PSA/Peugeot-Citroën is ready to  jump-start its Asian operations by building a production version of its Metropolis concept, the first design penned by the company’s Shanghai-based design team. First unveiled in China back in May, the Metropolis shows the plan for Citroen to reinvent itself as an upmarket brand with extra appeal to upscale Chinese buyers.

When it heads into production, the Metropolis is expected to carry the DS9 nameplate and will top the DS range the massive executive limousine. While the concept featured a compact V6 mated to an electric motor and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the production version could make use of any powertrain used in the range. The vehicle will most likely sit on a modified platform borrowed from the outgoing Citroën C6 and Peugeot 407. It will likely be built in China at the joint-venture facility announced last July with Changan Automobile Group.

If the Metropolis/C9 will make it to European or North American markets is at this stage, unknown.

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