Citroen has been in Australia since the 1960s with the Citroen 1D-19. Over the last few years, as with the likes of other European manufacturers, Citroen has found Australia again, and has introduced more and more new models to tempt us to cross the border and go for a French Car. The Citroen/Peugot Alliance has worked well for both companies and sales are increasing for both brands globally and here in Australia.
Back in March 2005, Citroen showed the world the new Citroen C6 at the Geneva International Motor Show, a few people took notice and no one in Australia really cared. Citroen had promised to get this car into Australian showrooms early 2006 but that obviously hasn’t happened. However Citroen now claims the car should be landing here in October. You know why I am so interestead in this car? Because you can get the new Citroen C6 with a 208 bhp V6 HDi turbo diesel engine and since Diesel has taken of in Australia I can only imagine Diesel lovers with an expensive taste are waiting eagerly to get their hands on the new C6.
Full details of the new C6 should be available come October, nonetheless, Citroen Australia has gives some details about the new car. The Citroen C6 will com with:
The Citroen C6 is an original design, the new Citroën C6 combines the Marque’s own styling cues with those of an executive car. The proportions and profile immediately identify it as a member of the Citroën family. The C6 features a long front overhang and short rear overhang which, along with the design lines and general approach, bring powerful coupés to mind, while the impressive list of features is fitting of a prestige saloon.
At the front, the Citroën C6 features a wide grille, with chrome-plated chevrons, that spans the nose to the vertical headlamps, which extend up onto the wings.
The Citroen C6 has a wheelbase of 2,900 mm – the longest in its category – the Citroën C6 is huge! The interior dimensions of the Citroën C6 play a fundamental role in ensuring it sets high standards when it comes to ergonomics, comfort, spaciousness, and even safety.
This suspension maintains the vehicle at a constant height, regardless of the vehicle load and number of passengers. To maintain vehicle attitude, body height is monitored in real time by height sensors on each wheel, which supply data to the electronic control module.
So why would the car measure the height of the ground? Well, because in specified conditions, this system can automatically lower clearance by 12 millimetres from 110 kph, thus optimising road-holding at high speed as well as fuel consumption. When the road is highly uneven and low speed is necessary, the suspension control unit increases ground clearance by around 12 millimetres above the normal position. The driver can therefore continue safely over difficult ground, without damaging the car. Oh man!
Citroen claims the suspension requires no maintenance for five years or 200,000 km. It is designed to smooth away imperfections while ensuring an excellent ride, thus contributing to the well-being of all the passengers. The technologically advanced engines also contribute to this impression through their driveability.
The C6 is available with two V6 engines, each mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Both engines offer a smooth build-up in power with remarkably quiet running.
Petrol engine: 215 bhp DIN 3.0 V6 This engine features similar technology to the 3.0 V6 fitted on the C5, with 2% more power (+ 3 kW) and torque (+ 5 Nm). It delivers 155 kW EEC (215 bhp DIN) at 6,000 rpm and 290 Nm of torque EEC at 3,752 rpm.
This engine is fitted with a new exhaust line and dual-mode active silencer, which improves both performance and engine noise. By redirecting the exhaust gases in the silencer, this system improves engine noise in normal conditions of use and improves performance under load.
Diesel engine: 208 bhp DIN 2.7 V6 HDi This new V6 diesel engine combines power and fuel economy, and was developed as part of the cooperation between the PSA Group and Ford Motor Company. Delivering a responsive performance from the lowest engine speeds, it develops 150 kW EEC (208 bhp DIN) at 4,000 rpm and torque of 440 Nm EEC at 1,900 rpm. It combines smooth, gradual power with exceptional operating comfort.
Developed specially for luxury cars, this V6 engine uses advanced technologies to achieve high levels of performance and operating comfort. Through its avant-garde design, this V6 engine satisfies the Euro IV emission standard and is equipped with a new-generation particulate filter, which only requires maintenance every 200,000 km.
Driving pleasure is enhanced not only by these two engines but also by a new 6-speed automatic gearbox as well as variable hydraulic power steering. Smooth gear changing ensures a level of driveability that is commensurate with the C6’s ambitions.
Citroën’s uncompromising approach to safety, and the prevention of accidents, is a key priority. An advanced braking system The C6’s high-performance braking system features four ventilated discs, measuring 330 mm in diameter at the front, and 302 mm at the rear.
With the dedicated braking assistance and control functions as well as ESP, the driver is able to maintain control of the car and keep it on course even in the most difficult driving situations. In terms of passive safety, the Citroën C6 features efficient restraint systems for all the occupants, together with a structure designed to resist the most violent impacts.
The body structure The C6 incorporates the passive safety features of the Group’s platform 3 vehicles. Introduced with the C5, this platform base sets the highest standards of driver and passenger protection, as illustrated by the C5’s exceptional results in EuroNCAP tests.
Nine airbags including one for the knees The deployment pressure and volume of the two front airbags depend on the severity of impact. A knee airbag provides improved protection for the driver’s knees and shins by limiting any impact with the steering column, which retracts by 80 mm.
Two side airbags integrated into the front seats protect the chest and abdomen of the driver and passengers in the event of a side impact. The C6 is also fitted with curtain airbags designed to protect passengers in the rear.
Active head restraints Active head restraints prevent whiplash injuries in the event of a rear impact. The force generated by the passengers’ upper bodies pressing against the seat backs activates a lever system that moves the head restraints forward to cradle the occupant’s head, and thus avoid strain on the neck.
The car is set for an Australia release in October 2006