Citroen will reportedly be putting the Metropolis into production as part of their plan to enter the luxury car market in China.
This plan is part of a recent joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroen and Changan Automobile Group, which will focus on high-end cars, as well as light commercial vehicles.
Gregoire Olivier, CEO of PSA’s Asian operations, had this to say:
“The Metropolis will happen — it will become a real car. The same styling elements will be used for a high-level Citroen car to be developed in China. We want to build up the premier line in China — the Metropolis is emblematic of our approach.”
The car will be called the DS9 when it is put into production, and it will be the flagship of Citroen’s DS lineup. While the concept featured a hybrid drivetrain with a 2.0L V6 and a maximum output of 460 hp, it is unclear whether or not that will make it to production. PSA executives have said that the hybrid drivetrain could be withheld from the Chinese market.
While the car is certainly good looking, it’ll be interesting to see what Citroen will put underneath that body.
Source: Automotive News – sub. req.
If the production model looks close enough to the Metropolis Concept, no one will really care what’s “underneath that body”.
Honestly, they could put a the same underpinnings at the C6 and it would sell well enough.