Citroen, in collaboration with Lacoste, revealed today the new Citroen Lacoste Concept or a new car for the so-called ‘iPod generation’. Set to make its official debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show later this month, the new car promises to offer a fulfilling drive, while expressing a wealth of inventiveness and elegance.
The car is powered by a 3-cylinder petrol engine with plenty of performance on tap to power a vehicle of this size and weight.
This means that the concept is friendly with the environment and a according to the French manufacturer the Citroen Lacoste seems to “embrace” rather than confront nature. As you can see from the photos, the Lacoste Concept is compact and robust at 3.45m long, 1.80m wide, 1.52m high and with a 2.30m wheelbase.
The doors of the car have been replaced by broad cut-outs, showing that it was created for young people. Inside, we find seats overstitched in white cotton, with a weave closely resembling that of a polo shirt - an iconic Lacoste design.
Furthermore, the seatbelt anchorage points have “necklines” like a polo shirt, while the seats are covered in robust, rope-like cotton. Regarding a production version of this concept, don’t expect it as this is just a design study and you will not see it in the Citroen dealerships.
Citroën Lacoste is a convertible that goes beyond the usual features. In addition to its muscular, rigid yet reassuring lines, it exudes a somewhat breezy and bright approach to living. While tough, it is also compact with a length of 3.45 meters, width of 1.80 meters, and height of 1.52 meters.
The wheelbase measures 2.30 meters. This model from Citroën and Lacoste also expresses a style and design which shows it has been done by experts. The laid-back atmosphere of the car stems from what can be called as its purity and is confirmed by looking at its body. The paint is in pearlescent white with a dark blue motif plus there are strips that underline the vehicle's form. Getting inside the cabin is easier especially with the doors now replaced with broad cut-outs that go well with the over-all style of the body.
It is just as easy to access the seats in the rear. All the passenger needs to do is jump in the rear bench. If you're planning to bring any luggage or even sports equipment, all you need to do is slide the rear bench which then turns to a boot. It is even possible to customize the car depending on the type of sports equipment. Be it a bike, golf clubs, skis, surfboard, or a tennis racquet, the Citroën Lacoste is more than capable of transporting it.
What makes this offering even better is that it shows the best of three worlds: fashion, motoring, and sports. The cabin for example has a number of storage areas which ensure comfort while travelling. The compartments are inconspicuous as they are positioned not just underneath the dashboard but also within two of the bench seats, the covers of which slide easily and have the same color as that of the interior's upholstery.
The seats have been overstitched with white cotton having a weave that are similar to a polo shirt, an iconic design Lacoste is known for. Based on this theme, the anchorage points on the seatbelt have a "neckline" much like a polo shirt. Furthermore the seats come covered in rope-like cotton. Aside from the seats, the inside of the Citroën Lacoste plays with different materials and colors giving it a wardrobe-like impression.
The interior put emphasis on traditional yet bold colors of deep blue and white. This combination gives the car a simple yet elegant appearance plus one that is fun as well. The storage compartments and its grab handles meanwhile have bright yellow splashes which are then finished in a tactile rubber resulting in a tennis ball-like effect.
That is not only what the Citroën Lacoste has to offer. There are a number of familiar objects plus additional details that reference Lacoste. By using a square relief design, it looks like some parts of the body appear to be like a tennis net. There is also the fairing that starts from its underbody in the front and rear, and then goes up which gives the appearance of a tennis shoe pressed on a clay court.