Citroën’s product planning boss says the agency is dedicated to providing ‘conventional’ automotive kinds sooner or later, regardless of its current deal with SUVs – however provides that it’ll strategy future fashions “in an unconventional approach”.
The French agency is at the moment present process a significant vary renewal, which has targeted on introducing new and up to date SUV fashions, due to their quickly rising reputation. That has concerned dropping largely conventional vehicles from its line-up – for instance, with the C4 changed by the higher-riding C4 Cactus. However Xavier Peugeot says that, with key fashions such because the C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross in place, consideration will now change to different physique shapes.
“There are usually not solely SUVs on this planet: there are hatches, saloons and estates, and there are many markets wherein these different kinds of automotive play a job,” Peugeot advised Autocar. “Which means we now have to present a solution [to meet that demand], and we’ll.
“However there may be one factor related to our DNA: we is not going to think about further silhouettes in a classical approach. Citroën’s DNA is rooted in a daring capability to shake the principles and transfer the requirements.”
With giant saloons nonetheless common in the important thing Chinese language market, Citroën is creating a substitute for the C5 and C6, which can be based mostly on the C-xperience idea seen on the 2016 Paris motor present. Peugeot stated that any such automotive could be based mostly on the PSA Group’s LMP2 platform used for the current Peugeot 508.
Peugeot admitted a daring design might show divisive, however famous the identical was true of the agency’s ‘airbumps’ and stated: “A Citroën needs to be simply recognized. I find it irresistible when folks go ‘wow, I find it irresistible’, whereas others go ‘mmm, undecided’. We simply must get the steadiness proper.
“We’d like vehicles that create response, that aren’t seen because the classical – in any other case we betray our model values.”
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