Most of the automotive attention in China this week is focused on the Beijing Motor Show where a wide variety of new production and concept cars will be debuting. Following the Beijing festivities, the Shanghai Expo will open and Citroen is bringing a new concept to the event. Long wheelbase sedans are popular in China, where many executives prefer to be driven than to get behind the wheel. Thus, Citroen has created the 17.4 foot long Metropolis concept.
The Metropolis is propelled by a hybrid powertrain with a 2.0-liter gasoline V6 and an electric motor that can produce 55 hp continuously and up to 95 hp peak for acceleration. Citroen hasn't released details yet, but we would assume the Metropolis is using PSA's Hybrid4 through-the-road system. The V6 is probably turning the front wheels and the motor is likely at the rear axle for on-demand all-wheel-drive. Carbon dioxide emissions are estimated at just 70 grams per kilometer.