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(from Citroen Press
Release) NUMÉRO 9: A FRESH LOOK AT THE DS LINE
Citroën’s main range, the DS line explores new automotive territory.
Based on more radical choices, it opens new perspectives in premium
vehicle design. Inspired by ninety years of history and automotive
excellence, the DS line illustrates the best of Citroën expertise in
terms of creativity and technology. Two years after its launch, the
DS line – comprising the Citroën DS3, DS4 and DS5 – has already
notched up more than 200,000 sales.
Pursuing its career, the
DS will be launched this year in China. To mark the event, Citroën
has designed a new concept car, Numéro 9, to be unveiled at the
Beijing Motor Show. This concept heralds the future of the DS line
and signals the styling cues of the next three models in the line: a
C-segment premium sedan, an SUV and a D-segment executive saloon.
Concept car Numéro 9
sublimates the DNA of models in the DS line. It expresses radical
choices in design with immediately recognisable styling that is both
inspired and emotional. Sophistication is allied with a highquality
finish for original driving sensations and features that are truly
useful every day. Its charismatic body styling revisits the shooting
brake, while the new front end is designed for plug-in full-hybrid
technology. This concept car boasts remarkable levels of performance
(50 km range, 295 bhp, boost function, 39 g/km of CO2). High
standards, bold design, creativity and the best of technology.
A FRESH TAKE ON FRENCH-STYLE
Following on from the
Citroën DS3, DS4 and DS5, concept car Numéro 9 takes a fresh look at
the DS line. It is a new take on a body style with recognised
prestige in automotive history: the shooting brake. Subtly combining
the proportions of a coupé with those of an estate, Numéro 9 hints
at exceptional driving sensations, with its taut lines, long bonnet
and ultra-low stance (1.27 m tall) on its 21-inch wheels. But it
also promises unique onboard comfort, with its generous proportions
and the three light shafts in the roof, creating a unique, friendly
ambience for all passengers.
Numéro 9 is 4.9 m long
and 1.94 m wide with a 3 m wheelbase. This has the advantage of
freeing up leg room for passengers in the rear. Its roomy looks – an
invitation to get behind the wheel – reflect the real requirements
expressed by buyers in the executive segment for function and
versatility. Inspired by shooting brake design, Numéro 9 is a new
executive take on D-segment design, alongside the more conventional
saloons. A charismatic car with real character and immediately
recognisable styling, it is continuing the story of the DS line.
The start of a new chapter
Great care went into
every detail of concept car Numéro 9, which is a stylish embodiment
of the heritage and sophistication of the DS line. Designed in
Paris, the capital of fashion in its most superb and universal form,
Numéro 9 opens a new chapter in the styling of the DS.
Numéro 9 sublimates the
design cues cultivated by the DS line and introduces the new
front-end identity of future models in the DS line, along with an
original light signature. The new front end features a grille in 3D
relief, flowing into the full-LED headlights, which end in
daytime-running lights. The overall effect gives Numéro 9 a strong,
hypnotic and unique gaze.
A concentrate of DS qualities
Combining the genes of a
coupé and shooting brake, Numéro 9 has elegant, thoroughbred looks,
with solid, sculpted proportions revealing subtle lines of tension.
In this way, Numéro 9 cultivates its status through its distinctive
and sophisticated character.
The concept car
condenses the distinctive forms of the DS line. The most expressive
features include the floating roof, underlined by a chrome trim with
a discreet DS marking, and the glazed side surfaces flowing into the
Last, through its body
colours and materials, Numéro 9 displays both mystery and
sophistication. Its deep black bodywork with subtle hints of violet,
baptised ‘Whisper”, is a perfect match for the warmer shade of the
‘californian” chrome finish.
A LEGACY OF CREATIVE
The technologies used by
concept car Numéro 9 combine comfort, safety and respect for the
environment, while also delivering subtle but strong driving
sensations for all those on board. Creative technologies that
perfectly illustrate the Marque’s expertise.
Every detail of Numéro 9
was designed to contribute to its efficiency (CdA = 0.61):
- a rear spoiler
reinforcing the fastback effect;
- windscreen pillars contributing to the air flow around the
- and ‘turbine’ wheels whose integrated fins increase the air
flow around the wheel arches, thus reducing both turbulence and
technology: eco-awareness and driving sensations With its
full-hybrid plug-in technology, concept car Numéro 9 is a perfect
fit with Citroën’s environmental policies.
The plug-in hybrid drive train has an electric motor on the rear
axle. This simple and innovative configuration is perfectly adapted
to the character of Numéro 9: it optimises handling and traction,
while limiting fuel consumption and emissions.
Concept car Numéro 9
thus combines a combustion engine, petrol or diesel depending on the
market, with an electric motor on the rear axle developing power of
70 bhp and torque of 200 Nm. This electric motor runs on lithium-ion
batteries that can be recharged in just 3 ½ hours from a normal
domestic socket. The model on display at the Beijing Motor Show is
fitted with a 1.6 THP petrol engine developing 225 bhp (165 kW) for
torque of 275 Nm.
With its plug-in hybrid
technology, Numéro 9 respects the environment. This is particularly
true in the city, where the car has a range of 50 km in all-electric
ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mode, and on roads demanding successive
acceleration and deceleration, where the hybrid drivetrain limits
consumption by using both sources of energy. On the motorway, the
combustion engine takes over to deliver real performance.
Numéro 9 features
new-generation micro-hybrid technology designed to switch the
combustion engine to standby whenever it is not required.
No compromises have been
made on driving comfort and sensations. Quite the opposite. When the
driver needs speed and torque, a “boost” function links the power of
the combustion engine and electric motor to enable Numéro 9 to
attain high levels of performance (295 bhp), without impacting fuel
consumption (1.7 l /100 km and 39 g/km de CO2). The car takes 5.4
seconds to go from 0 to 100 kph and 25.3 seconds to travel 1,000 m
from a standing start.
In cases where more
power is required, or when grip is lacking, the car switches to
four-wheel drive mode, with the electric motor driving the rear
wheels, and the combustion engine the front wheels. In particularly
difficult driving conditions, driving up a sloping, snow-covered
road, for example, the driver can select forced 4WD mode. The
four-wheel drive system and hydraulic active suspension deliver
increased traction while making full use of the potential of Numéro
9 in complete safety.
Looking beyond on-road
performance and environmental benefits, this full-hybrid plug-in
technology offers a third non-negligible advantage: the cabin can be
prepared before the car is used. For example, it can be preheated to
ensure the comfort of all the occupants as soon as they climb on