The sublime lines of Citroën’s elegant new flagship C6 model are set to glide onto the Irelands roads in Spring 2006. The New C6 is designed to build on Citroën’s long and illustrious heritage of creating large, stylish, executive cars, as exemplified by the legendary DS, CX, Light 15 and original 1920’s C6. This latest interpretation of individualism does just that by effortlessly combining graceful, coupé-like styling with limo-style comfort and sophistication.
At the same time, Citroën’s newest model looks to the future by incorporating cutting-edge features and technologies, some of it unavailable on any other car in Europe, regardless of price. An active bonnet, hydropneumatic suspension with electronically-controlled springing and damping, speed-sensitive air deflector, laminated side windows and Xenon headlamps will be standard across the range.
Citroën has revealed that there will be three trim levels – C6, C6 Lignage and C6 Exclusive – available with a choice of two Euro IV engines: a 215bhp 3.0 litre V6 petrol powerplant or a new Twin Turbo 2.7 litre V6 208bhp HDi diesel unit. Both will be mated to automatic six-speed gearboxes.
Accentuating the aerodynamic lines, the New C6’s stunning silhouette is formed by a long bonnet, extended front overhang and short rear overhang, so reminiscent of classic large Citroëns of the past. The sizeable glazed area incorporates a large windscreen and frameless doors, ensuring that the cabin area is extremely bright and airy.
At the front, the large, chrome-plated chevrons are flanked by imposing clear-lens headlamps, while around the sleek, toned exterior, the striking alloy wheels, concave rear window and speed-sensitive automatic air deflector, which is cleverly crafted into a saloon-style boot, all add to the dramatic and stylish look.
By pushing the wheels 2.9 metres apart and building the car on one of the longest wheelbases in the sector, Citroën’s designers have provided one of the roomiest cabins in the class. And by combining space, ergonomics, comfort and safety to maximum effect, the New C6 will certainly set the highest standards for occupant well-being.
To ensure that it offers a glide-like ride, the New C6 range is equipped with the latest generation Hydractive 3+ suspension with electronically-controlled springing and damping. And guaranteeing that it is as quiet as it is comfortable, the new model also features laminated side windows to help filter out wind and exterior noise.
The New C6 will also showcase Citroën’s acclaimed safety and security programme, whilst pioneering new standard features such as an active bonnet. In the event of a pedestrian impact, the bonnet automatically ‘pops’ up, to create a cushioning effect between the engine and the bonnet itself. It is innovations like this that earned the Citroën C6 a maximum 4 stars for pedestrian protection in the EuroNCAP tests, the first car to do so. The Citroën C6 was awarded an overall five star safety rating by EuroNCAP.
Even by luxury car standards, the New C6 will be exceptionally well-specified. All models feature nine airbags (driver, passenger, four lateral (front and rear), two curtain and a steering column/knee airbag), electrically-operated front seats, an MP3-compatible audio system with colour screen, alloy wheels and automatic operation of the headlamps and wipers.
Providing exceptional thermal comfort, all New C6 models will come with dual zone automatic air conditioning, equipped with a unique soft diffusion system that favours a uniform blanket of temperature-controlled air over cold blasts. An electric push button parking brake replaces a conventional handbrake, helping to free up additional space between the driver and front passenger.
Over and above these levels of equipment, the New C6 Lignage will feature an innovation first developed within the aviation industry. A Head-Up display projects key driving information, such as speed and navigation details, directly onto the windscreen, reducing the need for drivers to look down and take their eyes off the road ahead.
Helping to keep the bodywork free from bumps and scrapes, New C6 Lignage models will feature front and rear parking sensors that alert the driver, both audibly and visually, to the proximity of obstacles. Safety will be enhanced by the dual-function, directional xenon headlamps, which make for better night-time visibility around corners.
Buyers of the top-of-the-range C6 Exclusive models will want for nothing. The use of high quality wood and chrome around the cabin will complement the heated front and rear leather seats and ensure that passengers enjoy the highest levels of luxury.
A new generation NaviDrive system, with voice recognition, provides access to a hands-free telephone, colour satellite navigation and 6 CD autochanger, while the specially designed JBL hi-fi system, with 10 speakers and an amplifier, ensures excellent sound quality. Citroën’s award-winning lane departure warning system, which alerts the driver to unintentional lane changes, will also be standard on the C6 Exclusive.
Eagerly anticipated, Citroën’s new flagship C6 model will appeal to drivers wishing to express their individuality and style. Its inspiring design lines, luxurious interior, and high levels of technology, combined with Citroën’s history of producing remarkably beautiful and comfortable large cars, will deliver something unique and exclusive to the executive world of motoring.
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Source: Citroen Press Release