Crossovers are all the craze at Auto Shanghai 2013, with BMW, Mercedes and VW all rolling out high riding compact SUVs. But let’s not forget Citroen’s handsome entry, the Citroen DS Wild Rubis Concept, which previews a SUV model for the French brand’s DS range.

The Citroen DS Wild Rubis concept is 4.7 metres long, nearly two metres wide and 1.6 metres tall, with a wheelbase of 2.9 metres, so it’s quite a substantial SUV. Exterior highlights include flashy 21-inch wheels, that 3D-effect front grille with a prominent DS emblem and those claw-shaped LED signatures. Plenty of chrome at both ends too – the tail lamps are encased in the shiny stuff.

What I find unique is that there’s a chrome bar linking the tail pipes, instead of the tail lamps. The big DS logo on the grille is also a departure from the current norm – the recently launched in Malaysia DS4 and DS5 wear double chevron grilles with a tiny Different Spirit badge on the bonnet.

The DS Wild Rubis is not as mad as what we know the Creative Technologie marque can come up with, so perhaps the design is rather close to production. Check out the dramatic video (featuring man, woman, car and beast) above, and live pics from the Shanghai showfloor below.