Created by Citroën’s international design team – based in Shanghai since 2008 – the Metropolis Concept is a sleek limousine that reflects China’s avant-garde status, grandeur and vitality.
Equipped with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and Hydractive suspension, it produces CO2 emissions of just 70g/km – approximately one fifth that of a conventional engine with equivalent performance.
The Citroën Metropolis Concept will debut at the Shanghai World Fair from 1st May to 31st October, 2010.
The ‘Pearl Silk’ body colour changes under different light conditions, revealing the model’s curves and ultra-honed detailing.
Metropolis blends taut lines with smooth surfaces, evidenced particularly at the front where the sculpted, incisive wings and kite-shaped grille merge with the harmonious contours of the bonnet.
Chrome touches around the side windows visually elongate the cabin, while ‘origami’ quarter-lights appear to float in the air – and also house a light source.
Metropolis’ hybrid drivetrain utilises an optimised 2-litre V6 petrol engine and a 7-speed, dual-clutch electronic gearbox.
At steady speeds on main roads and motorways, the petrol powerplant efficiently provides 272bhp (200kW) and 375Nm of torque.
When additional performance is required, such as during overtaking, the car uses both the electric motor and the combustion engine to deliver a maximum power output of 460bhp (345kW) and 430Nm of torque – equivalent to a 4-litre V8 petrol engine.
There’s also a four-wheel drive mode for when extra grip is needed.