Citroën is preparing to introduce a new flagship that will be built and sold exclusively in China.
Aimed at the Buick Lacrosse, the sedan will revive the C6 nameplate last used on a large, luxurious range-topping model that was given the ax in 2012. Developed jointly by Citroën and Chinese industrial partner Dongfeng Motors, the upcoming C6 will ride on the same modular EMP2 platform as the Golf-fighting Peugeot 308 and the C4 Picasso minivan. An official teaser sketch suggests it will break all ties with both the last-generation C6, whose design was inspired by classic Citroën sedans like the DS and the CX, and with current members of the Citroën lineup.
PSA Peugeot-Citroën no longer has a six-cylinder engine in its stable, so the C6 will exclusively be offered with four-cylinder mills. It likely won’t get its predecessor’s hydraulic suspension, either, because the Paris-based car maker is in the process of phasing it out, and its replacement is still a few years away from hitting showrooms.
WorldCarFans believes Citroën will show the C6 as a thinly-veiled concept at the Beijing Auto Show that will open its doors in late April. Series production will kick off shortly after, and sales will begin before the end of the year. At the time of writing, Citroën is not planning on selling the C6 outside of China.