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2010-04-20 05:11
Citroën has pandered to China’s fetish for long-wheel base limousines by planning to park its new Metropolis concept at the Shanghai World Fair, which opens next month.

The French company’s first vehicle to be conceptualised at the new joint-venture PSA design studio in Shanghai, Metropolis is allegedly an ode to China’s rampant industrialisation and urbanisation.

We think it looks like a really big C6 with futuristic styling upgrades. The look is sleek with signature Citroën design touches (note the concave rear window) and rather generous dimensions.

Metropolis looks amazing, disguising S-Class besting dimensions remarkably well.

Biggest limo of them all?

Bumper-to-bumper the Metropolis measures 5.3m which puts it ahead of rarefied company such as Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class in a size comparison.

At nearly 2m wide, it presents even more of a parking challenge than Maybach’s 62-series cars.

Ensuring a limousine smooth ride is an advanced version of Citroën’s fabled hydroactive suspension which perpetually adjusts the car’s damping.

We doubt these outlandish turbine vane wheels will make it to production.

Hybrid V6

Powering the Metropolis is a hybrid drive system which manages impressive output numbers without a severe emission penalty.

The drive system comprises a 2l V6 petrol engine augmented by an electric motor.

At low speeds only the electric motor powers Metropolis to ensure zero emission motoring. The V6 petrol engine produces 200kW and 375Nm of peak rotational force, driving all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

When the Metropolis is required to yield to significant acceleration demands it’s able to extract 345kW and 430Nm from the hybrid drivetrain. Despite the adaptive performance parameters, Citroën claims Metropolis has an emission footprint of only 70g/km of CO2.

Metropolis will be on show within the French Pavilion at the Shanghai World Fair from 1st May to 31st October this year.

Production cycle planning for the Metropolis is unclear, yet with its real-world hybrid drivetrain and staggeringly attractive lines it could pose a rather interesting alternative to the traditional German limousine fare.

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