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Citroen to reveal new saloon-SUV flagship on Monday

Citroën will unveil a striking new SUV on Monday 12 April, and a preview video suggests it will be the premium-focussed flagship we spotted earlier this year. 

Thought to serve as the spiritual successor to the C6 luxury saloon, the new model could adopt a variation of the C5 nameplate and will straddle the boundary between several core segments in an effort to boost appeal. 

Only limited details can be seen in the official preview clip (below), but earlier spy shots hinted that the car will ride high, like a conventional SUV, but feature an estate-style roofline and a protruding boot, like a saloon.

 

 

Otherwise, we know it will feature the latest evolution of Citroen’s dual-vane horizontal front grille, as pioneered by 2016’s CXperience concept, slim lights a the front and rear and a raft of bespoke styling cues. 

Intricate light signatures and liberal use of chrome suggest this new model will arrive with a premium focus, which along with its size will make it the new range-topping Citroen model. 

It is set to use the same EMP2 platform as its more conventionally saloon-shaped Peugeot 508 and DS 9 relatives, and thus will likely offer a range of pure-combustion and plug-in hybrid powertrains from launch.

Each of those cars is available with a 222bhp PHEV option capable of 31 miles of range, as well as a choice of pure-petrol motors. It is unlikely that Citroen will offer this model, however, with PSA’s top-rung 355bhp, four-wheel-drive plug-in powertrain, so it remains to be seen whether all variants will be front-driven. 

Further details will be made official at the car’s full unveiling next week, but given CEO Vincent Cobée’s desire to see Citroen better compete in the premium class, expect a premium over the C5 Aircross, which starts from £24,355. 

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