A one-off now, but rumored to be the precursor of the automaker's upcoming DS4 production model, the Citroen DS High Rider Concept will make its debut in Geneva. A follow-up to last-year's DS Inside show car, the new DS High Rider mixes sharp coupe styling with the latest incarnation of the corporate PSA diesel hybrid powertain.
While the DS High Rider's glossy gold paint could make it to the showroom, the unique fabric covering on its sweeping roof and those aggressive 19-inch polished-alloy wheels that give it a well-planted appearance are both likely to be absent from any volume-build successor. Of more critical note, this four-passenger coupe is fitted with a full diesel hybrid powertrain that represents the latest incarnation of the corporate PSA package. While Citroen provided few specifics, it did indicate that the DS High Rider system matches a high-efficiency HDi diesel engine driving the front wheels with a rear-mounted electric motor that ships power to the aft axle. This configuration, which Citroen claims is good for about a 30 percent bump in fuel economy, allows the DS High Rider to run as a pure EV in the city at speeds of up to 50 kph (31 mph), on diesel power in most other situations, or to have the electric motor provide an extra boost under passing situations. Both the new DS4 and this hybrid motivation are expected to hit the market sometime in 2011.