Citroen Numero Nine

Citroen has just published all the details and images of their 2012 Beijing Motor Show stunner. The car was previewed last month with a couple of artistic images, but no accompanying information whatsoever. 

Now we know everything. The car is called the Citroen Numero 9 and its role is to mark the launch of the DS line of vehicles in China.

The Citroen Numero 9 is a large luxury car which features futuristic styling and a hybrid drivetrain. The design showcases the styling themes of the next three DS line models; a C-segment premium sedan, an SUV and a D-segment executive saloon. The well-thought-out and powerful looking design of the Numero 9 makes it look more like a German-built machine than a French concoction. The size of the Numero 9 means it’s a practical vehicle too, with plenty of space for both passengers and cargo.

Powering the Citroen Numero 9 concept is a plug-in rechargeable hybrid drivetrain. It has a range of 31 miles (50km) in all-electric mode. But for longer trips, or highway journeys, the 1.6 litre turbocharged engine kicks in to provide grunt worth 225 horsepower. When the engine and electric motor (which drives the rear wheels) are working in conjunction – using a special ‘boost’ function – the Numero 9 offers its driver a total of 295 horsepower and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of torque. That means the Numero 9 concept finishes the 0-62 mph (100km/h) sprint in just 5.4 seconds, while the top speed is an impressive 152 mph (244 km/h). Nice.