Citroen to launch three new saloons within the subsequent two years

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Autocar’s picture of what the following C6 might appear to be
The primary of the trio to reach shall be a reinvented C6; due on the 2020 Paris motor present

Citroën will launch three new saloon automobiles within the subsequent two years, beginning with a reinvented C6, advertising director Arnaud Belloni has confirmed on the Goodwood Competition of Pace.

The transfer – in step with the agency’s heritage however in opposition to the pattern of rivals’ plans within the face of declining saloon gross sales globally – is described as “distinctive however not dangerous” by Belloni, who hinted that the styling would not comply with established saloon conventions. The design examine for the flagship new saloon was initially kick-started by the 2016 Cxperience idea.

The manufacturing automotive based mostly on that idea has lengthy been rumoured to be below preparation on the market, and it is going to be unveiled on the Paris motor present in 2020.

In a shock announcement, nevertheless, Belloni stated that two extra saloon fashions will comply with in 2021, with each being unveiled in full manufacturing type slightly than as ideas.

“It is our perception that there is nonetheless a spot for the saloon,” stated Belloni. “While you consider our pledge that each one our automobiles could have both electrical or plug-in hybrid choices from subsequent 12 months, and the platform modifications that brings, you then contemplate the alternatives that delivers for us to innovate stylistically.

“What I’ll promise you is that these shall be automobiles in step with Citroën’s heritage for innovation. The rise of the SUV can’t be undone, however that offers us room to reimagine the the aim and look of the saloon.

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“I do not want to use the phrase ‘disruptive’, as that may be misinterpreted, however I promise the look of those automobiles shall be very unique. Not dangerous – we should promote automobiles – however they may stick with it our custom for taking a look at new methods to interpret segments. They are going to be up to date within the truest type of the phrase.”

Belloni would not be drawn on the scale of the automobiles, however he hinted that the main focus can be the Chinese language market – the world’s largest for gross sales of all automobiles, and one wherein saloon gross sales stay robust, particularly for chauffered automobiles.

“We is not going to make saloon automobiles of each measurement, as a result of there isn’t any marketplace for small saloons,” he stated. 

Citroen presently sells the C4 saloon and C-Elysee in China, however no less than two of the brand new saloons are believed to be deliberate for European sale.

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Extra particulars on Citroën’s C-xperience idea

Goodwood Competition of Pace information


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