We've been closely following Citroën's new DS study and today, the first official photos of the concept model hit the web, a couple of weeks ahead of its world premiere at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.
The French automaker's luxury concept is named DS9 and is said to be a further development of the Metropolis study shown back in 2010 for an upcoming flagship model.
The two concepts share a similar design language, though instead of a sedan body style, the new DS showcar adopts a more shooting break-like styling in the tradition of Citroën's range-toppers such as the original DS and the more modern CX, XM and C6 models.
We'll have to wait for an official statement from Citroën to learn what's hiding under the hood, but we reckon that the DS9 will feature a similar hybrid setup to the Metropolis that linked a 2.0-liter V6 engine to a 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission and an electric motor.
Many thanks to our scooper Bruno!