Citroen C5 Airscape Concept

Concept Cars 26 Aug 2007
Citroen C5 Airscape Concept

Citroen has released the first images of the C5 Airscape Concept, a luxury cabriolet that will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Among the main features are the carbon fiber folding roof and the UrbanHybrid system for energy management and recovery.


Citroen C5 Airscape ConceptThe exterior design is characterized by elegant proportions and a sleek bodywork with an "assertive front end, featuring large air intakes and long incisive headlamps. The headlamps – positioned on the bonnet with its two pronounced ribs – flank
the large chrome chevrons."

"The roof line, particularly
large windows and tapering chrome-plated door handles underline the flowing lines of the body, while the
high waistline, clearly marked wheel arches and 19-inch wheels clearly identify C5 Airscape as a vehicle of

The powerful look of the body is enhanced by the raw, intense grey color
of the bodywork., whose intensity varies according to the light.

The highpositioned
rear lights extend the waistline and optimise the vehicle’s dynamic looks. At the same time, a double chrome tail pipe underlines the car’s luxurious design as does the concave rear window, which clearly
identifies C5 Airscape as belonging to the family of large Citroën saloons.

Citroen C5 Airscape Concept Citroen C5 Airscape Concept

The sophistication of C5 Airscape can also be seen in the original design of the folding roof, whose glazed
upper part lets light flood into the cabin.

A detail of the carbon fiber textile surface

Made entirely of carbon, this roof opens and folds away simply,
without detracting from the looks of the concept car. It folds away automatically, without assistance, and
without the driver having to open the upper part of the roof storage area in the boot.

The metal-look roof with its textile lining
resembles a roof made of canvas – the signature of executive cabriolets.

Interior design

The interior is upholstered in dark brown leather, finished with premium materials and conveys an impression of
sophistication and luxury.

The central section of the seats brings to
mind the links of a watch strap, while the decorative stitching on the edges of the seats reinforces the taut,
well-muscled look of the whole.

The gear lever knob is set with leather and
chrome, which echoes the metal strip underlining the air conditioning controls and central console.

The driving position features a fixed-centred controls steering wheel that brings the main comfort functions and driving aids (navigation, radio, cruise control and speed limiter, on-board computer) within easy reach.

Citroen C5 Airscape ConceptThe pushbuttons feature an original covering resembling the texture of skin, thus creating a strong, fast-reacting sensory interface between the vehicle and the driver.

The three dials feature anular needles that run around rather than across the dial for greater
legibility and a more attractive design.

"The air vents next to the dials underline this cabriolet’s powerful character, as does the upper part of the
instrument cluster, which takes the form of an air intake as on a competition car.

The overall effect is
enhanced by the clean, sculpted design of the dashboard. Its straight lines symbolise precision, while the
soft curves symbolise dynamic performance."

Technical features

The C5 Airscape is powered by the 2.7 V6 HDi engine, equipped with particulate filter. The unit develops 150 kW EEC (208 bhp DIN) at 4,000 rpm and a max
torque of 440 Nm at 1,900 rpm. The engine is coupled with a a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

The UrbanHybrid system reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, prevents noise and vibration when the
engine stops and boosts engine torque when needed.

Citroen C5 Airscape ConceptIts reversible alternator-starter and super-capacitors are able to temporarily store large amounts of energy.

In Drive mode, when this concept vehicle is travelling at under 6 kph and the driver’s foot is on the brake
pedal, the engine cuts out.

It starts again instantly and automatically as soon as
the driver releases the brake pedal. When the car is at a standstill, fuel consumption is zero and CO2
emissions are around 24 g over a combined cycle.

Further, the onboard network (air conditioning, radio etc.) is powered by energy recovered during the
deceleration and braking phases.

Among the additional features is the Snow Motion, an
innovative traction control system with extended functions that improves the vehicle traction and "take-off" on surfaces with low grip, such as snow for example.

(Source: Citroen)

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