Citroen plots rival to new Peugeot 2008

Citroen plans launch of new European SUV

Pierre Monferrini, Citroen’s C Line chief, unveils plans for new European SUV; also reveals future of DS Wild Rubis and Citroen C6

Citroën is planning to launching a B-segment SUV into Europe, according to the firm’s C Line Chief Pierre Monferrini.

The company’s partner, Peugeot, competes in the fast-growing segment in Europe with the Peugeot 2008 and Monferrini said it was a segment Citroën was looking at entering.“The B-SUV is of course a good question for us,” he said. “We have something in there with the C3 Picasso for the moment, but we will see what we do.”

He also confirmed that the DS Wild Rubis SUV concept revealed at the Shanghai motor show earlier this year would make it into production in 2014, but a decision on whether or not it would be sold in Europe had yet to be taken.

Monferrini also confirmed the C6 would not be replaced, as that car “should now be a DS”. A large DS saloon-come-hatchback was being evaluated , inspired by the Numero 9 concept from last year. “We said Numero 9 was the face of a future Citroën DS, but the body is still being evaluated further,” he said.

Monferrini was more optimistic on the C5, the model being set to be replaced, despite underwhelming sales in its current generation. It’s likely any future C5 replacement would be part of Citroen’s Cactus line-up.

The C1 has also now been confirmed for another generation, although “no Cactus will make it into the car” according to Monferrini as it’s been developed with a partner, Toyota.

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