Citroen is aiming to expand the DS brand and offer a viable alternative to the enshrined German automobiles. A French manufacturer determined to dethrone the Germans? We’ve heard that before…
Nevertheless, according to the French publication Auto-Moto, Citroen is allegedly cooking a replacement for the C6. Yes, it seems that the high-end luxury manufacturing has returned to Citroen’s curriculum and that makes us giggle a little.
That’s because back in the day, there was no other substitute for French luxury. Now, it seems that the French manufacturer tries desperately to revive that trend with its chic-boutique cars. One thing Citroen is missing, though, is a large executive-type car to compete with BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, or Mercedes E-Class.
Auto-Moto suggests that the French Manufacturer plans a model to fill the gap the C6 left when it went out of production. It will be called the DS8, will use the PSA EMP2 platform and is expected to be around five meters long.
According to Yves Bonnefont, cited by Auto-Moto “Future DSs will all have an international career”. That means Citroen is planning future cars with China in mind and the success Audi has over there. That won’t mean the vehicles will be sold there exclusively, as the DS 5LS is, but the Asian market will represent a big slice of the sales pie for the future models.
That’s why the range of engines will allegedly comprise small displacements units, in order to keep the Chinese taxes to a minimum. So, no V6 and V8 for the future car, only 4-pot turbocharged engines that are available already on other Citroens.
Of course, being a DS model and the heir to the most comfortable Citroens ever made, the future DS8 will have the trademark Citroen suspension and will be overrun with luxury accents.