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.
2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Arrives with More Power, Better Performance
Porsche rounded out its 718 lineup by unveiling the 2017 Cayman at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show. The German sports coupe joins the 718 Boxster roadster.
The new 718 Cayman has near identical technical specifications to its soft top counterpart. The naturally-aspirated flat-six engines of the previous model have been replaced with a two-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower and 280lb-ft of torque and, in the more capable Cayman S, a 2.5-liter engine that produces 350 horsepower and 309lb-ft.
Each powerplant boasts 25-horsepower more than their respective predecessor, and Porsche claims that the base Cayman only requires 4.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour, while the Cayman S does the deed in 4.0 seconds flat.
Porsche also re-engineered the suspension and upgraded the brakes to accommodate the increased performance. Depending on the region, a six-speed manual transmission and/or seven-speed PDK twin-clutch automatic will be available.
Torque vectoring is optional, as are various individual upgrades.
For the first time ever, the Cayman is now priced lower than the equivalent Boxster. Prices in the United State start at at $54,950 (including destination) for the base model and at $67,350 for the Cayman S.
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Citroen C6 Has Been Revived for China Better Than Ever
Four years after the original model was cancelled in Europe, the Citroen C6 has been resurrected as a China-only model, making its world debut at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show.
The new C6 might very well be a Dongfeng Fengshen A9, which itself is based on PSA Peugeot Citroën’s EMP2 platform. It is less distinctively-styled than its predecessor, which looked like a spaceship, but comes across as a handsome executive sedan that will surely turn heads with its bold grille.
With an overall length of over 16 feet and a wheelbase of 9.5 feet, it offers more than enough roof four give passengers. The luxurious interior can be equipped with a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a large touchscreen display for infotainment duties, Nappa leather seats, four-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof.
The Citroen C6 is believed to be powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter gasoline engine that produces 204 horsepower and 280 newton meters of torque, sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
An even more luxurious DS-branded edition of the large sedan will likely be introduced later on.
Acura CDX Small SUV Debuts in China, Based on Honda HR-V
Acura used the 21016 Beijing Motor Show to show off its newest model, the CDX. The small SUV is the first Acura to be built in China.
Although based on the same platform that underpins the Honda HR-V, the CDX looks completely different from the Honda, featuring a unique front fascia highlighted by a bold hexagonal grille and headlight design inspired by the Acura Precision Concept that debuted earlier at the Detroit Auto Show.
The rear end is more subdued, but still looks like nothing seen on the HR-V.
Opening the front doors reveals a uniquely Acura interior with a higher quality materials and more available options than any Honda of its size.
A 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine is the only powerplant Chinese buyers get, at least initially, and it produces 182 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque. Both front- and all-wheel drive configurations are available, each with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The Acura CDX goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2016. It is unclear if the Japanese automaker will sell the compact luxury crossover in North America, Europe and other markets, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually does considering how red-hot the global crossover-SUV segment is.