Riding on the same platform as the aforementioned Peugeot 301, the C-ElysÃ©e wears a more conservative styling than other members of CitroÃ«n's current lineup. It is a classic four-door sedan with a trunk lid instead of the brand's traditional hatchback, a configuration that is very popular in Eastern Europe and in Asia, the car's most important target markets.
Pictures of the sedan's interior were not released but it is expected to be very similar to the Peugeot 301's interior.
When it goes on sale at the end of this year, the C-ElysÃ©e will be offered with two gasoline engines and a lone turbodiesel. The gasoline lineup will consist of an all-new 72 horsepower 1.2-liter and a 115 horsepower 1.6-liter, while the diesel mill will be a time-tested 1.6-liter HDi that makes 92 horsepower.
Buyers will be asked to pick between an automatic or a manual gearbox. In both cases power will be sent to the front wheels.
CitroÃ«n claims that the C-ElysÃ©e is an affordable sedan but it is cautious not to use the term "low-cost." That being said, pricing information was not included in the press release.
Much like parent company Peugeot, CitroÃ«n is desperately trying to rely less on the depressed European market by increasing its presence in emerging markets all around the globe. Although it will be built in Vigo, Spain, the C-ElysÃ©e was developed exclusively with global markets in mind and CitroÃ«n does not plan on selling it in Western Europe.
What remains to be seen is what will happen to the current C-ElysÃ©e, a four-door variant of the 21-year old CitroÃ«n ZX sold only in China. Despite being horribly outdated, the car is still very popular among taxi drivers and fleet buyers.