Penned by Citroën’s international design team based in Shanghai, the Citroen Metropolis underlines the importance and expectations placed on the rapidly developing Chinese market, with the concept due to be unveiled in the French Pavilion at the Shanghai World Fair.
The Citroen Metrpolis boasts a hybrid drivetrain using a 2.0-litre V6 petrol engine which on its own develops 200kW and 375Nm, mated to a 40kW electric motor which can peak at 70kW if the extra power is required.
At slower speeds the Citroen Metropolis is effective a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV), relying solely on its electric motor, although when additional acceleration is needed – such as when overtaking – both powerplants come together to deliver a maximum power output of 345kW and 430Nm.
The power is channelled to a part-time all-wheel-drive system via an efficient seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with the combined drivetrain delivering CO2 emissions of just 70g/km - approximately one fifth that of a conventional engine with equivalent performance.
The Metropolis also features Citroen’s Hydractive suspension, which dampens even the roughest of road surfaces and improves the car’s aerodynamic performance - further helping to reduce CO2 emissions.
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