Citroen has stepped up its DS5-based tilt on the Chinese market, with the unveiling of the DS 5SL R Concept.
Based on the ‘regular’ DS 5SL released last year, Citroen appears to be continuing with a ‘China-only’ market strategy with its new concept, with the official unveiling scheduled for the Beijing Auto Show.
While the 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine currently powering some DS3 and DS4 models usually makes 147kW, power for the DS 5SL R Concept has been wound up to 224kW and 400Nm, matched to a sequential transmission with paddle shifters.
The DS 5SL’s length is already stretched to 4700mm over the DS5 hatch’s 4530mm, and the R Concept also brings a lower ride height, reduced by 15mm.
Citroen has given the chassis, brakes and suspension a performance-focused upgrade, and the concept features many carbon-fibre components.
Exterior styling continues the trend introduced by Citroen last year, which sees all DS models identifiable by a ‘DS-only’ front as the French carmaker continues its push to separate the DS brand from the regular Citroen line-up.
Wide stripes dominate the side profile, containing ‘R’ badging which the DS 5SL R also wears on its bonnet, and the concept sits on 20-inch wheels.
There's ‘R’ badging on the steering wheel, while the interior also gets red highlights and an altered version of the DS5's ‘watchstrap’ seat styling.
Citroen’s plans for the DS 5SL R Concept beyond the Beijing Auto Show are unclear, although moves to expand the DS 5SL (and a future 'R' model, if it eventuates) to markets outside China have not been ruled out.