The big news from Citroën at this year’s Beijing Auto Show was the launch of the brand new C6.
Briefly, the C6 is a range-topping sedan that rides on the same modular EMP2 platform as the Peugeot 308 and the Citroën C4 Picasso, among others. It will be built in Wuhan, China, alongside a sister model called Dongfeng A9, and it will exclusively be sold on the Chinese market. In Europe, the now-defunct C6 sedan that we’re familiar with won’t be replaced in the foreseeable future.
Citroën shipped a like-new CX 25 Prestige from its Conservatoire in Paris to display alongside the C6. Interestingly, it drew a lot less attention from local journalists during the show’s media days than the DS 23 that was parked on the DS stand — maybe it’s because it looks less futuristic?
Like we mentioned two years ago, the CX has an little-known connection to China. In 1984, Citroën sent 2,500 CXs to China in hopes of being awarded a contract to provide the country with a large car. The lucrative deal was ultimately given to Volkswagen and its Santana, largely because the CX was deemed too complicated. Citroën was given permission to build small cars, and it began producing a four-door version of the ZX hatchback locally in 1992.
If you’re curious, this is the C6 that China is getting:
Frankly, my first impression was that it’s like a French Chevrolet Impala, except that the only thing French about it is its name. It rides on conventional steel springs — the hydraulic suspension will soon be axed — and it’s powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that sends about 200 horsepower to the front wheels.