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Citroen wants to accommodate Chinese motorists. They are, after all, Citroen’s second biggest set of consumers outside of Europe. And Chinese motorists like the biggest cars. So, budding Sherlocks, meet the new Citroen DS9.

You’ll no doubt deduce from the silhouette above that it’ll take the shape of a ‘shooting-brake’ (read: estate), and follows the styling of the Metropolis concept revealed at the Shanghai World Fair in May 2010.

That car was actually styled at Citroen’s Shanghai studio and reflected “China’s extraordinary development”; as such, it was a huge luxury limo, measuring 5.3 metres long using a modified C6 platform. That’s the same length as a Rolls-Royce Ghost and bigger than a Mercedes S-Class.

Citroen is remaining as tight-lipped as a lip-tightened tightener, so there’s no word on engines or performance or anything, really. So we’ll look back at that concept for clues: the Metropolis used a 2.0-litre V6 producing 272bhp mated to a 95bhp electric motor, driving all four wheels via a seven-speed auto ‘box.

Naturally, your mind will wander back to a litany of big, luxury French saloons littering history with poor UK sales figures, but in China, well, this DS9 could be quite the catch.

We’ll have more on it as soon as the squirrel peeps, but until then, give us your most expert deductions on the DS9, below.

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