The summer doldrums are almost over and the world of automobiles is about to get re-energized as the new auto show season kicks off in Paris in September. Citroen has gotten the buzz started early by showing off its latest creation, the CXperience large sedan concept. Sadly, it looks at though the Citroen design team has been heavily influenced by the new Toyota Prius. That is not meant as a compliment.
Citroen has a new motto: “Be Different, Feel Good.” The CXperience gets it half right. It is different! I just couldn’t stop myself from quoting some of the over the top self congratulatory language from the CXperience press release. “The exceptional new, international body style is a new step forward that marks a new offensive in brand strategy.” Who writes this stuff, anyway?
The concept features a plug-in hybrid powertrain. A 200 horsepower gasoline engine coupled to an electric motor drives the front wheels through an 8 speed automatic transmission. A separate rear electric motor powers the rear wheels. Combined output for the powertrain is 300 horsepower and the car has an electric only range of 37 miles.
The exterior of the car is polarizing. You either love it or you hate it. Citroen’s have always had distinctive — some would say weird — styling, so there’s nothing new there. The lower front valance has movable flaps that open to improve low speed cooling and close to aid high speed aerodynamics. The real news is inside. Stepping through the enormous opening created by the rear hinged back doors, passengers get a glimpse of what the interior of cars of the future may look like.
There is actually a resemblance to what we think the interior of the Tesla Model 3 may be like — not a switch or gauge in sight. Nothing but wide open spaces dominated by a touch screen and a digital display. “The interior it is decorated in a citrus yellow shade, synonymous with a fresh, optimistic mindset,” says Citroen. Apparently, you will have to drive something else if you are feeling grumpy.
The CXperience concept “is a car apart, with an intuitive human-machine interface, designed to provide digital continuity between digital worlds for the driver and passengers. Intelligent technologies promote interaction and contribute to smoother use of the vehicle and its equipment.” Welcome to the brave new world of automobiles.
Source: Electric Cars Report