Citroen has announced the new Numero 9 concept – a new vehicle that will join the current DS line-up, including the DS3 , DS4 , and DS5 . The Numero 9 previews the styling cues of the next three models in the line: a C-segment premium sedan, an SUV,nd a D-segment executive saloon.
The new Numero 9 is a plug-in full-hybrid vehicle that combines a 225 HP 1.6 liter petrol engine powering the front wheels with a lithium-ion powered electric motor that is positioned on the rear axle and adds another 70 HP. In pure electric mode, the new Numero 9 has a autonomy of 31 miles. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 152 mph.
Citroen will be unveiling their new Numero 9 concept at the end of April at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show.
The Citroen Numero 9 is built on a three meter wheelbase and measures 4.9 meters in length and 1.94 meters in width. The concept features a shooting brake design and continues the heritage and sophistication of the DS line. Illustrating this design is a new front-end identity with a grille in 3D relief, flowing into the full-LED headlights, which end in daytime-running lights. The most impressive feature of the concept, however, is a new floating roof, underlined by a chrome trim with a discreet DS marking, and glazed side surfaces flowing into the rear window.
The Numero 9 is finished in black exterior paint with subtle hints of violet, baptised “Whisper.” The concept sits on an impressive set of 21″ wheels.
Other design features:
- a rear spoiler reinforcing the fastback effect
- windscreen pillars contributing to the air flow around the cabin
- ‘turbine’ wheels whose integrated fins increase the air flow around the wheel arches, thus reducing both turbulence and fuel consumption.
Citroen’s new Numero 9 Concept is a plug-in hybrid vehicle – like most of the concepts recently unveiled by the French company. It combines a 1.6 THP petrol engine developing 225 HP and 202 lb-ft of torque with an electric motor on the rear axle developing power of 70 bhp and 147 lb-ft of torque.
In pure electric mode, the concept has an autonomy of 31 miles and delivers an impressive fuel economy of 1.7 l /100 km and 39 g/km de CO2. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 152 mph.
This portfolio features the official press kit and teaser movie of the Citroën Numero 9, unveiled at the Beijing Motor show in April 2012.
Related links: the official Citroën corporate page