Citroen Metropolis Concept: official photos, details and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

These are the first images that have come out of Citroen's Metropolis concept, a big luxury saloon that will debut at the Shanghai Expo next month. At 5.3 meters long and being as wide as Maybach 62, the Metropolis is larger than a long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Metropolis is expected to appeal to a whole new market for Citroen. 

As a brief background, the Metropolis is the first car to be styled and created by the PSA Group's Shanghai design studio. The themes used are from the Hypnos concept, such as the wide Citroen double chevron in the grille, the air intakes ahead of the front wheels and very similar door mirrors.

The turbine-style wheels are 21 inches large and are covered in 265/35 tires. The car uses PSA Group's Platform 3, which are also used by the Citroen C6 and the Peugeot 407.

This platform is what Peugeot and Citroen use to build cars in China with Dongfeng Auto. The Metropolis is equipped with a hybrid drivetrain, merging a 2.0-litre V6 petrol engine mated to an electric motor that can raise its output from 55 to 95hp when necessary.

The gasoline unit generates 272hp and 277 lb-ft. of torque on its own, but when the electric motor's maximum output is added, the combined power reaches 460hp and 317 lb-ft. of torque.

The transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch box and the car is four-wheel drive. Citroen claims to have performance figures equivalent to those of a 4.0-liter V8 petrol engine with CO2 emissions of only 70 g/km.

Press Release

EASTERN PROMISE CITROËN REVEALS LUXURY NEW METROPOLIS CONCEPT

Citroën has revealed the spectacular new Metropolis - 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 - 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, Metropolis produces CO2 emissions of just 70g/km - approximately one fifth that of a conventional engine with equivalent performance.

Metropolis’ 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, Metropolis’ subtle ‘Pearl Silk’ body colour changes under different light conditions, revealing the model’s generous 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. The streamlined headlamps have an imperious and steely look, giving Metropolis a natural air of authority.

At the rear, 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.

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

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, china

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