Citroen has unveiled the newest member of its DS family at the Shanghai Motor Show. Called the Wild Rubis concept (previously referred to as the DSX), it previews an Audi Q5 and BMW X3 rival aimed primarily at the Chinese market, but being considered for UK showrooms, too.
Measuring 4.7 metres in length, 1.95 metres in width and 1.59 metres in height, the Wild Rubis concept is longer, wider and lower than the Q5 and sits on enormous 21-inch wheels. And Citroen is leaving no doubt over whether it will make production, calling the concept the “forerunner of the future DS SUV.”
Picking up where the stunning Numero 9 concept (revealed at the Beijing Motor Show in April 2012) left off, the Wild Rubis features a host of striking design cues, including roof rails that flow into the C-pillars, a bold crease along the shoulder line and chrome insert in the side sill. The ruby red paintwork also changes with the intensity of the light.
At the front, a chunky chrome grille surrounds an oversized DS badge and joins up with the full-LED headlights. A similar effect is applied at the rear, where the slim taillights and twin tailpipes are both wrapped in chrome.
There are no pictures of the interior yet, but the five-door layout and dimensions mean there should be plenty of room in the rear for adults and a sizeable boot, too. Details on the powertrain are also scarce, with Citroen confirming only that the Wild Rubis is a full-hybrid featuring plug-in technology.
Rather than using PSA’s new EMP2 platform, which will underpin every compact and mid-size Peugeot and Citroen in the coming years, the DS SUV will use an older chassis from the C5 and be built in China. It will be followed by a large DS saloon (previewed by the Numero 9 concept) and another smaller saloon, as Citroen bids to capitalize on the booming car trade in China.