Citroen DS X7 SUV going in to production in 2014Mon, 11 Nov 2013
The Citroen DS Wild Rubis (pictured) is going in to production as the Citroen DS X7
At the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year, Citroen debuted the DS Wild Rubis Concept as a full-sized SUV concept which looked like it was heading for production. And now Citroen has confirmed it is. The new Citroen DS X7 will go in to production in China late in 2014 and be sold under the Changan-PSA joint venture with underpinnings based on the Citroen DS5.
The Wild Rubis Concept came with a clever hybrid powertrain that used a petrol engine driving the front wheels and an electric motor driving the back wheels for a combined output of 230bhp.
But it looks like the production version of the Wild Rubis will have a more traditional ICE setup with a 163bhp 1.6 litre petrol turbo under the bonnet and the possibility a more powerful 1.8 litre turbo could be offered too.
At the moment, there are no plans to bring the DS X7 to Europe, but if the DS X7 proves to be a success in China – which seems likely – we could see Citroen launch the DS X7 in Europe too, and perhaps with the hybrid drivetrain.
The Citreon DS X7 will go in to production in late 2014 with first customer deliveries expected in China in early 2015.
By Cars UK