Citroen’s hiatus from the large car market looks set to come to an end, with the company’s CEO confirming that the brand is planning to return to the dwindling large sedan sector.
The comments were made to Britain’s Autocar, where CEO Linda Jackson said “there will be a new large saloon, because having one in the line up is a crucial part of being a big manufacturer”.
Citroen hasn’t been entirely absent from the large car market, with a China-only C6 sedan introduced in 2016 (below), lacking the trademark avant garde styling traditionally associated with Citroen’s flagship.
The European market however has been without a C6 since 2012, with the slightly smaller C5 coming to an end in 2017, taking with it the brand’s iconic hydropneumatic suspension system.
Although the popularity of SUVs continue to rise around the world (something Citroen has addressed with cars like the C4 Cactus, C3 Aircross, and coming C5 Aircross), Chiana’s love of traditional sedans is strong enough to see the company re-enter the large saloon market.
Such a model is far from certain to be offered in Australia. Setting aside commercial vans Citroen sells just three passenger models locally – the C3 hatch, C4 Cactus, and Grand C4 Picasso people mover, with the C3 Aircross small SUV due later this year. Other markets such as the UK have a more comprehensive range.
With Citroen’s parent company Groupe PSA also in control of former GM brand, Opel, the new large sedan is likely to share key mechanical and construction elements with the next generation Opel Insignia - the current generation of which will go on sale in Australia this year as the Holden Commodore.
While the current arrangement between GM and PSA ensures supply of current generation models like the Commodore and Astra, a cloud hangs over the supply of next-generation products, with Holden potentially forced to switch supply to one of GM’s other divisions, with Chevrolet and Buick the obvious frontrunners if that is to be the case.
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