Citroen has announced they will be unveiling the Numero 9 Concept at the forthcoming Beijing Motor Show that begins later this month and here are the first images, video and details for you to feast your eyes upon.
The Concept primarily previews a new D-Segment executive sedan that will presumably be known as the DS9 when it reaches production form. However, it also previews the styling elements of the another 2 vehicles that are to join the DS line-up which Citroen has confirmed will be a C-segment premium sedan and an SUV.
The Numero 9 concept is described as a new take on the shooting brake body style and there is no doubting the sporty aroma that the mode portays.
Under the extremely long hood lies a 1.6 THP petrol engine that generates 225PS (165kW/ 222hp) and 275Nm (203lb-ft) of torque. It is backed up by a lithium-ion powered electric motor that is positioned on the rear axle and generates an additional 70PS (51kW / 69hp). The power from the combustion engine is passed exclusively to the front wheels while the electric motor powers the rear.
The Numero 9 concept is capable of traveling up to 50km (31miles) in all-electric ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mode before the range extending petrol engine kicks in. It takes 5.4 seconds to accelerate from standstill to 100kph (62mph) while the top speed is rated at 244kph (152mph). The package results in an impressive fuel economy figure of 166mpg (1.7L/100km) while CO2 emissions are rated at 39g/km.
The DS line is due to launch in China during 2012 starting with the DS3, DS4 and DS5.