The 2016 Paris Motor Show is fast approaching and fans and critics alike are excited to see what the automakers have in store this year. One automaker however, has decided to show off its newest concept car before its supposedly grand revelation at the Paris Motor Show; and that automaker is none other than Citroën.
The French automaker has recently revealed the Citroën CXperience Concept, a car that embodies its maker’s mantra: “Be Different, Feel Good” despite being a fairly large sized saloon. The CXperience Concept aims to become an ambassador for global comfort – for which Citroën has been known for.
In terms of design, it has a very distinctive body style that benefits from the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme which focuses on the well-being and comfort of its occupants. At almost 5 meters in length, this two-box saloon’s new and exceptional international body styling puts the French automaker a step forward towards success. The unique and distinctive body lines on the CXperience take it to a whole new level in the executive saloon department. The designing itself puts a stamp of Citroën on the CXperience, with its shape lines and graphics screaming Citroën. It has also been designed to give emphasis on the aerodynamic properties of the concept car. All these are the works of Citroën Styling at the Design Centre in Velizy, brilliant minds that have found ways to show Citroën’s brand new aesthetic codes – high tech on the inside, but warm and cozy on the inside.
To improve further on its design details, Citroën splashes the CXperience with a pearlescent sea green “Mizuiro” bodywork that radiates the confidence of a futuristic car but relaxing and sober at the same time. The color also sits well with the large 22-inch wheels and five-spoke covers that were fitted on the concept car to make it even more majestic.
The front portion of the car is smooth and has been fitted with a special grille while the width of the car is accentuated with a set of chrome-finish bars that angles on either side of its LED directional headlights. To look more high-tech, the concept car comes with a V-shaped DRLS made of 3mm-wide strips with indicators positioned in between (which makes it look more elegant). The flaps in the bumper have also been installed for aerodynamic purposes (for balancing drag and cooling).
The rear end of the concept car has been accessorized with marked wings as well as a concave rear window (a salute to the old C6) with a mobile fin on the lower portion to improve aerodynamics. It also features laser fiber optics on its 3D rear lights that have also been arranged in a V-shaped position and indicators under a slim one-way panel at the center to add to its unique, high-tech identity. For more sophistication, the insignias at the rear end come in black lacquer finish.
The concept car does not come with ordinary doors as it has been designed with rear-hinged autoclave doors which rise to the top of the roof, perpendicular to the ground, making coming in and out of the car easier. The doors also give a wide view for spectators to see the interior of the concept car – a single-spoke steering wheel, a floating horizontal dashboard, padded seats in upholstered yellow mesh fabric, walnut wood backrests in an elegant shade, sea-green geometric fabric on its inner door panels, and broad chrome-finish sills on either side that give emphasis on the interior color and materials.
The CXperience Concept was designed to be like a cocoon; that is, it is capable of muting the noise coming from the outside world including bumps and dips on the road (which is the work of a new hydraulic cushion advanced module). The comfort and peace of a cocoon is brilliantly copied inside the CXperience Concept – comfortable memory foam seats, generous and ingenious storage compartments, and ambient lighting and an air purifier.
Citroën designed the CXperience to also become a global competitor in terms of technology and so it offers with it a line of different technological innovations. A 19-inch and 16/3 format rectangular screen has been integrated on the dashboard that functions as a control center, grouping all onboard functions such as air conditioning, driving aids, navigation and media sources. Infotainment options are also available and have been designed so that the occupants will not have a hard time browsing through their favorite music or movies. It also features a range of connected services such as the capability to open a gate from a distance.
It also comes with two other control features – a smartphone at the front that can start the car and activate a range of control functions, and a mobile tablet at the rear for the passengers to be able to adjust the seats or air conditioning and also media sharing while on board. Additional features include high-tech rear vision care of their rear cameras and discrete side cameras instead of conventional exterior door mirrors so that the driver has a 360-degree view of the outside world.
The CXperience Concept will come in as a plug-in hybrid – a 200-horsepower petrol engine with an eight-speed automatic gearbox combined with an 80-kW electric motor delivering a total of 250 to 300 horsepower. On full electric motor mode, the concept car has a range of up to 37 miles and will recharge in just 2.5 hours.
So there you have it, another incredible addition to a long list of high-tech concept cars. We’ll have to wait until Citroën announces if the CXperience Concept can go into production or not. Citroën has definitely raised the bar for out of the box concepts and it has definitely stamped its mark as one of the world’s most forward-thinking automakers.