Citroen has revealed its new Beijing-bound DS 6WR this week, marking the upmarket offshoot’s entry into the high-riding SUV market.
Inspired by the Wild Rubis concept revealed this time last year, the 6WR was initially expected to launch as the ‘DS X7’.
The new production SUV retains much of the Wild Rubis concept’s styling, although the gloss black ‘grille’ plate has been switched out for a conventional mesh design.
But, like the 5LS, we shouldn't expect to see the 6WR in Australia - at least not initially - with the company confirming that the new SUV was developed exclusively for the Chinese market.
Full details on the new SUV are still to come, although Citroen has revealed that the 6WR measures 4.55m long, 1.86m wide and 1.61m tall, riding on a 2.73m wheelbase (shared with the DS5).
With those dimensions, the 6WR will occupy a space in China's SUV market between the likes of BMW's X3 and X5, with a special focus on rear legroom - something of a status symbol in the Chinese market.
The SUV will be offered only with PSA Peugeot Citroen's front-wheel-drive 'Grip Control' system, leaving out any option of an all-wheel-drive configuration.
Engine options will include the company's 118kW e-THP 160 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine, and the more powerful 147kW THP 200 unit. A six-speed auto is standard for both.