In the wake of Volkswagen releasing its initial shots of its 2017 challenger ahead of the World Rally Championship regulations revamp Citroen has turned the wheels on its new car in a private test.

The French manufacturer announced at the end of last year it would withdraw its full factory effort from WRC for 2016 in order to concentrate on developing next year's DS3 ahead of the technical regulation changes for more exciting and aggressive cars.

Kris Meeke was handed the honour of testing out the new car through grave roads of the Chateau de Lastours test area in France after a shakedown at Citroen's track in Versailles.

The car was emblazoned with the typical 'camouflage' testing livery to disguise the body panel designs, while also carrying '#TEST1' on the front grill.

The new challenger falls into line with the FIA's a new aerodynamic regulations, which expands cars wider by 50mm and larger rear wings and front and rear bumpers. Elsewhere, the regulations allow an increase in the size of the turbo restrictor from 33mm to 36mm with power rising to about 380bhp, while the cars will be made 25kg lighter.

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