The Citroen Numero 9 Concept, a plug-in hybrid, has been revealed with a whole lot of pictures and details. As Citroen‘s latest DS design study, the Numero 9 evolves the design cues of the new DS lineup — currently consisting of the small DS3, compact DS4 and large DS5 — and introduces a new signature front-end for future models.
Measuring 4.93 meters (194-inches) long and 1.94 meters (76.4-inches) wide, and with a wheelbase of 3 meters, the Numero 9 is a low-slung shooting-brake that rides on 21-inch wheels. Its exterior uses sophisticated body colours and materials, featuring deep black bodywork with subtle hints of violet. The grille is sculpted in 3 dimensions and elegantly blends with full-LED headlights. A floating roof, underlined by chrome trim with discreet DS markings, and glazed side surfaces flowing into the rear window play a key role in a distinctive look that is said to combine the proportions of a coupé with those of an estate wagon.
The Numero 9 employs an advanced plug-in full-hybrid drivetrain that combines a petrol or diesel engine (depending on the market) with an electric motor mounted on the rear axle. Developing 70 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque, the electric motor is powered by lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged in just 3.5 hours from a normal domestic socket. The Concept displayed at the Beijing Motor Show is fitted with a 1.6 THP petrol engine developing 225-HP (165 kW) and 275 Nm of torque. Toss in the electric motor and combined output jumps to 295-HP.
A drag coefficient of just 0.61, in addition to its powerful powertrain, allows the elegant estate to sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in just 5.4 seconds from a standing start. Despite this impressive performance, the French automaker claims a 166 miles per gallon (1.7lt/100km or 138 mpg US) fuel economy and a 50 km (31 miles) range in pure electric driving mode.
Citroën hasn’t announced whether the Numéro 9 will be produced, but it has previously confirmed intentions to build a flagship model. We’re likely looking at a prime candidate.