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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Citroën Numéro 9 Plug-In Hybrid Concept [VIDEO]

The DS concept is designed with plug-in full-hybrid technology that achieves 166mpg fuel economy, 50km range in ZEV mode, 295hp, a 'boost' function and 39g/km of CO2.

The drivetrain combines a conventional petrol or diesel engine (depending on the market) with an electric motor on the rear axle that develops 70hp and torque of 200Nm. The electric motor is powered by lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged in just 3½ hours from a normal domestic socket. The model on display at the Beijing Motor Show is fitted with a 1.6 THP petrol engine developing 225hp (165kW) and 275Nm of torque.

With its plug-in hybrid technology, Citroën Numéro 9 Concept has a range of 50km (around 31miles) in all-electric ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mode and, on roads demanding successive acceleration and deceleration, the hybrid drivetrain limits consumption by using both sources of energy. On the motorway, the combustion engine takes over.

Numéro 9 features new-generation micro-hybrid technology designed to switch the combustion engine to stand-by whenever it is not required.

When the driver requires speed and torque, a 'boost' function combines the power of the combustion engine and electric motor to enable high levels of performance (up to 295hp). Numéro 9 takes just 5.4 seconds to go from 0 to 62mph and 25.3 seconds to travel 1,000m from a standing start.

When grip is lacking, the car switches to four-wheel drive mode with the electric motor driving the rear wheels and the combustion engine powering the front wheels. In particularly difficult driving conditions, such as driving up a sloping, snow-covered road, the driver can manually select 4WD mode. The four-wheel drive system and hydraulic active suspension then deliver increased traction, making full use of the potential of Citroën Numéro 9 in complete safety.

Looking beyond on-road performance and environmental benefits, the full-hybrid plug-in technology offers a third advantage: the cabin can be prepared before the car is used. For example, it can be pre-heated to ensure the comfort of all the occupants as soon as they climb onboard.



  • Length: 4.93 m
  • Width: 1.94 m
  • Height: 1.27 m
  • Wheelbase: 3.00 m
    • Total laden weight: 1,500kg
    • 1.6 THP petrol engine developing 225hp (165kW) / torque of 275Nm
    • Electric motor on rear axle: power of 70hp / torque of 200Nm
    • ZEV mode: range of 50km
    • 0-1.000m: 25.3 seconds
    • 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h): 5.4 s
    • Top speed: 152 mph (244km/h)
    • Fuel Consumption: 166 mpg (1.7 l/100km)
    • CO2 emissions: 39 g/km
    • CdA: 0.61
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