Citroën Metropolis Concept

Concept Cars 19 Apr 2010
Citroën Metropolis Concept

Citroën has revealed the Metropolis Concept, a sleek luxury sedan concept car that pays homage to China’s development. Designed by the company’s Shanghai-based design team, the Metropolis will debut at the Shanghai World Fair in May.


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.

Citroen Metropolis ConceptCitroen Metropolis Concept

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.

Design

Citroen Metropolis Concept Design SketchMetropolis’ distinctive silhouette is characterized by imposing dimensions (5.3m long, 2m wide & 1.4m high), reflecting the dynamism and ambition of China in the 21st Century.

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.

Citroen Metropolis Concept Design SketchThe streamlined headlamps have an imperious and steely look, giving Metropolis a natural air of authority.

At the rear, Metropolis balances width and stability with flowing aerodynamic lines – incorporating an active spoiler – and signature Citroën design flourishes, such as a concave rear window.

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.

Citroen Metropolis Concept Interior SketchAt low speeds, Metropolis runs in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mode, with its electric motor developing a continuous 55bhp (40kW), peaking at 95bhp (70kW).

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.

Citroen Metropolis Concept Citroen Metropolis ConceptThe car is equipped with the Hydractive suspension, which also improves the car’s aerodynamic performance – further helping to reduce CO2 emissions.

(Source: Citroën)

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