Citroen Metropolis Concept breaks cover

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 30, 2010

Citroen Metropolis Concept, this is the name of the latest car from the French manufacturer which will formally be unveiled next week at the Shanghai Expo next month. The Metropolis Concept, is bigger that the long-wheelbase S-Class or the new 2010 Audi A8 L W12 which was recently unveiled and has the same width as the Maybach 62 (2 metres).

This concept could open a new market for Citroen and China is the second biggest market globally for the French manufacturer. As you may know already, Volkswagen will bring the facelifted Phaeton at the Beijing Auto Show next week.

Bmw already unveiled the 5-Series LWB (Long-Wheelbase) which will be officially revealed at the same Beijing Auto Show. The Metropolis Concept was developed entirely by PSA Group’s Shanghai design studio and is built on a modified version of of the PSA Group’s Platform 3, used on cars such as the Citroën C6 and Peugeot 407.

Metropolis Concept uses a hybrid drivetrain and combines a 2.0-liter V6 engine, capable to deliver with an electric motor 272bhp and 277lb ft while the electric motor can increase its output from 55bhp to 95bhp when needed.

According to Citroen, the two engines are capable of increasing the combined output to 460bhp and 317lb ft, which means that the performance matches that of a 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine but with CO2 emissions of just 70 g/km. The transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, with four-wheel drive. More details to be revealed!

Exterior Design

The Citroën Metropolis Concept -- abiding by the 'Créative Technologie' philosophy – represents an amalgamation of environmental responsibility, driving pleasure and luxurious comfort. This is exactly true, especially with the fact that Citroën Metropolis is powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and supported by a Hydractive suspension.

In terms of numbers, Citroën Metropolis emits just 70 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer – around a fifth of the emission figures of a similarly powered conventional engine. Measuring 5.3 meters long, 2 meters wide and 1.4 meters high, the Citroën Metropolis Concept does not only reflect China's avant-garde status, vitality and grandeur.

It also represents its ambition and dynamic character in the 21st century, as demonstrated by its unique silhouette that captures creativity, sophistication and luxury. Finished in subtle 'Pearl Silk' body color that changes under different light conditions, the Citroën Metropolis seamlessly connects taut lines with smooth surfaces.

This styling is especially apparent at the concept's front end, where the contours of the bonnet meet with sculpted, incisive wings and kite-shaped grille. Moreover, the Citroën Metropolis Concept features streamlined headlamps with imposing and determined look.

On its rear end, the Citroën Metropolis Concept features flowing aerodynamic lines, an active spoiler, and signature Citroën design like the concave rear window – for a good blend of width and stability.

Additionally, the side windows feature chrome touches, which visually elongate the cabin. The Citroën Metropolis Concept also features 'origami' quarter-lights that also contain a light source.

Press Release

Citroën Metropolis Concept

Citroën has revealed the spectacular new Citroën Metropolis Concept - a sleek and muscular concept car that pays homage to China's extraordinary development. Created by Citroën's international design team - based in Shanghai since 2008 - Citroën Metropolis will be on show in the French Pavilion at the Shanghai World Fair from 1st May to 31st October, 2010.

Reflecting China's avant-garde status, grandeur and vitality, the sleek limousine concept immerses itself in 'Créative Technologie', balancing environmental responsibility with luxurious comfort and driving pleasure. Incorporating a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and Hydractive suspension, Citroën Metropolis produces CO2 emissions of just 70g/km - approximately one fifth that of a conventional engine with equivalent performance.

Citroën Metropolis Concept's distinctive silhouette is a vision of creative and sophisticated luxury with an imposing stature (5.3m long, 2m wide & 1.4m high), reflecting the dynamism and ambition of China in the 21st Century. Powerful and engaging, Citroën Metropolis' subtle 'Pearl Silk' body colour changes under different light conditions, revealing the model's generous curves and ultra-honed detailing.

Citroën 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. The streamlined headlamps have an imperious and steely look, giving Citroën Metropolis a natural air of authority.

At the rear, Citroën Metropolis carefully 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.

Citroën Metropolis' powerful hybrid drivetrain utilises an optimised 2-litre V6 petrol engine and a 7-speed, dual-clutch electronic gearbox. At low speeds, Citroën 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.

Delivering a smooth and cosseting ride experience, Metropolis is specified with Citroën's renowned Hydractive suspension, which dampens even the roughest of road surfaces and improves the car's aerodynamic performance - further helping to reduce CO2 emissions.

Chinais the world's largest automotive market and Citroën's second largest outsideEurope - having been established there for 20 years. The Shanghai World Fair is the perfect opportunity for the brand to reassert its international character and to show, once again, the importance it places on the needs and expectations of this rapidly developing market. With Metropolis, Citroën demonstrates that a blend of Chinese and French sensibilities can create a beautiful vision for the future.

Topics: citroen, concept, sedan, china

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