Citroën hopes its next big thing, the sumptuous new C6, will give it renewed leverage in the executive car sector, which is not surprising when considering its sleek styling and lavish feel.

Citroën hopes its next big thing, the sumptuous new C6, will give it renewed leverage in the executive car sector, which is not surprising when considering its sleek styling and lavish feel.

The captivating C6 is practically a clone of the C6 Lignage concept first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 1999, where its bold features and sloping curves were met with very favourable responses by the public and the media alike. Tapping into the French manufacturer's past, it was hoped at the time that the Lignage concept would present a vehicle that would recognise Citroën's earlier successes and perpetuate them.

More than 70 years ago, the original C6 dominated its category, with more than 60 000 units sold between 1928 and 1933. The first in a line of great saloons that also included the Light 15, DS and CX executive cars, the original C6 was quite revolutionary in its time.

The latest incarnation combines swooping coupé-like styling with limousine-like levels of comfort and style. At the front, the oversized chevron grille (already seen here on the C4 and C5 models) is flanked by a set of equally-imposing angular headlamps. Following its arching roofline, the curved rear window extends to meet the C6's toned rear end with its idiosyncratic light detail. The silhouette is reminiscent of the classic big Citroën saloons with its long front end and short, compact rear overhang.

Built on one of the longest wheelbases in its class, the C6 also provides one of the roomiest cabins , and the French manufacturer lists safety and comfort as its primary concerns. The luxurious car will also make use of a hydropneumatic suspension system with electronically controlled springing and damping ensuring that occupants enjoy a cosseting ride .

As befits an ultra-luxury car, the C6 will be well specified, with all models featuring nine airbags, an electric push button parking brake, voice recognition for the navigation, telephone, and audio systems and Citroën's lane departure warning system. The new car also boasts state-of-the-art technologies, such as the active bonnet that pops up to cushion a pedestrian in the event of a collision.

European versions will be available in a choice of three trim levels - the C6, C6 Lignage and C6 Exclusive - as well as a choice of two engines - a petrol 160 kW 3,0-litre V6 or a new twin turbo 2,7-litre V6 HDI diesel powerplant. Both units will be mated with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Speaking to CARtoday.com on Wednesday, Mark Woolley, media liaison for Citroën SA said the C6 would possibly be coming to South Africa, but "definitely not this year."

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