Mike Stevens | Apr 24, 2010

FOLLOWING last month's unveiling, Citroen has revealed the interior for its DS High Rider crossover concept, the latest addition to the upmarket DS brand.

While Citroen has made no official connection between the High Rider concept and the upcoming C4 and DS4 models, it seems likely that the nearly production-ready concept will launch as a 'regular' hatch before taking on the growing crossover market.

Measuring 4.26 metres long, 1.82m wide and 1.48m tall, Citroen says the High Rider concept is built on a "nimble and neat" chassis designed for responsive handling.

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The DS High Rider is powered by PSA Peugeot Citroen's Hybrid4 diesel-electric hybrid powertrain, which couples a HDi diesel engine with a rear-axle-mounted electric motor. With the diesel engine powering the front wheels, the High Rider is effectively an all-wheel-drive car.

Citroen says the Hybrid4 system allows the DS High Rider to run in a variety of modes, including electric-only. Citroen has not released specific output or performance figures for its latest concept.

Peugeot's SR1 hybrid concept, revealed in January, utilises the same Hybrid4 system, its 1.6 litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels and a 71kW electric motor powering the rear wheels. Total power is expected to be around 235kW.

With the DS High Rider expected to launch as the DS4, more conventional engine options will likely be offered.

The DS High Rider is the second concept under Citroen's upmarket DS brand. It follows last year's DS Inside, concept which has since evolved into the 2011 Citroen DS3.

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