New Citroen DS concept hints at new cars

The success of the Citroen DS3 supermini, Citroen DS4 hatchback and the new Citroen DS5 executive car have led the brand to plan an expanded DS Line in future.

It will start with the huge Citroen DS9, a ‘shooting brake’ model designed to appeal to the big car-loving Chinese market.

While this model will not go on sale at UK Citroen dealerships, Citroen says the design ‘signals the styling cues of the next three DS Line models’.

Citroen is keen to introduce more models to the DS range after the runaway success of the first three models. Designed as upmarket, distinctive alternatives to Citroen’s standard range, the DS3, DS4 and DS5 have reached 25,000 sales in the UK in just two years.

Worldwide the brand has sold more than 200,000 cars from the DS line, which starts from around £12,000 for the entry-level Citroen DS3.

The latest concept car, the Numero 9 concept, comes with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, unlike the diesel-hybrid engine setup offered with the new DS5.

The plug-in hybrid engine offers 166mpg and just 39g/km of CO2 emissions, according to Citroen, and can travel in four-wheel drive mode if necessary.

Capable of travelling in electric or hybrid mode, the Numero 9 concept delivers 295bhp, says Citroen, which hints it could introduce a plug-in hybrid into the DS Line in future.

Citroen DS3 prices start from £12,000, Citroen DS4 prices start from £18,000 and the range-topping Citroen DS5, an executive hatchback, costs £22,000 in the UK.