Citroen C-Metisse: design images

Concept Cars 7 Sep 2006
Citroen C-Metisse: design images

More images from the development process of the 4-door coupé concept vehicle by Citroen, including several design studies for the interiors.

Exterior Design

Citroen C-Metisse design sketchThe C-Métisse is 4.74 m long, 2 m wide and just 1.24 m high: these proportions are defined by Citroen as "sculptural and almost intimidating, demanding respect."

The seduction of C-Métisse is also expressed through a sense of latent power.

Even when stationary, the body suggests movement. With its very long bonnet and virtually inexistent rear overhang, C-Métisse brings to mind the design balance of vehicles seen during the golden age of Grand Touring.

Citroen C-Metisse design sketch Citroen C-Metisse design sketch

Citroen C-Metisse design sketchThe design lines of C-Métisse also reflect the quest for outstanding aerodynamics, delivering improved fuel economy and lower pollutant emissions while also integrating the latest technological developments. 

Positioned either side of the double chevron badge on the radiator grille, the headlamps are equipped with a row of LEDs that light up progressively, depending on the steering-wheel angle and vehicle speed.

This feature ensures excellent lighting when driving on winding roads by night. The specifically developed Michelin tyres with their central wheel nuts contribute to the sporting character of the coupé.

Citroen C-Metisse Concept - Panoramic View Citroen C-Metisse Concept - Panoramic View

Interior Design

Citroen C-Metisse interior sketch Citroen C-Metisse interior sketch

Citroen C-Metisse interior sketchThis high-tech equipment perfectly matches the design of the driving position whose original central console extends into the cabin via three illuminated strips

Upholstered in white leather, the space reserved for the three passengers features an uncluttered design that creates an atmosphere of total relaxation.

Through their design, the three independent seats suggest comfort and lightness. This impression is reinforced by the airy shapes and hollowed volumes of the cabin.

Citroen C-Metisse interior sketchEach seat has independent air conditioning controls – stamped into the leather door panels – along with individual roof lighting.

Thanks to the generous wheel base (3 m), the space provided for rear passengers is exceptional, with the knee room corresponding to limousine standards.

With its leather trim, the luggage compartment is coordinated with the passenger compartment.

Door Design

When the doors open they extend an impressive welcome to passengers: the front doors open gull-wing style while the rear doors spin round.

Citroen C-Metisse - top view Citroen C-Metisse - Carbon Body-in-white

Beyond the visual effect, this is actually an efficient solution for easy access. The doors rise up slightly on the roof – a major obstacle when getting into extremely low vehicles – to provide outstanding accessibility.

The parallelogram boot opening also contributes to the overall looks of the car.

Citroen C-Metisse - Interior detail Citroen C-Metisse - Interior detail
Citroen C-Metisse - rear mirror detail Citroen C-Metisse - headlight detail

(Source: Citroen)

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