Citroën has teamed up with the popular French pop group Hyphen Hyphen to create a go-anywhere version of its SpaceTourer van. Looking like a modern version of a 1970s American conversion van, the vehicle, known as the SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept, sports a high-energy vibe inside and out, matching the high-energy electronica music from Hyphen Hyphen.

“Citroën has always known how to innovate, to be a pioneer and to spot talent,” says Arnaud Belloni, Director of Marketing and Communication. “After meeting Hyphen Hyphen, the idea for a partnership came about naturally. This vibrant, offbeat group has a real graphic and musical signature. This may be a communication campaign, but one that comes straight from the heart! It’s also a way for us to pool our values of optimism, sharing and creativity.”

The SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept is based on the production version of the van, with three main differences. Citroën says they are a “supercharged design, an invigorating interior, and enhanced mobility.” Those three things, or rather themes, make this SpaceTourer something completely unique.

Citroën will officially unveil the SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Until then, keep reading for the preliminary details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Citroen SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept.

Exterior

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Off-road lights reside on the top of the van, helping the driver see during nighttime adventures.

Citroën started with its standard SpaceTourer van, an totally transformed its appearance with black body cladding with anodized aluminum orange accents, 19-inch black wheels with aluminum faces, and a taller ride height. The body color fades from a solid color up front to a solid orange in back. Off-road lights reside on the top of the van, helping the driver see during nighttime adventures.

Citroën designers did a great job of blending the body cladding to the SpaceTourer’s body lines, making it appear the cladding was a part of the van’s original design. The orange accents give the van a tough look, with a touch of utilitarianism. The utility look carries onto the all-terrain tires with traction belts giving a helping hand in snowy conditions.

Interior

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Each seat in the passenger compartment features a different design, again fading from blue to orange

The interior looks as if a 1990s Nickelodeon commercial exploded onto the seats. Even the dashboard and headliner are coated in bright colors. The dash itself features the same design as the standard SpaceTourer, but faced from blue to orange, while also featuring straps over the passenger airbag compartment. The strap accents continue onto the seat bottoms and seatbelts, as well.

Each seat in the passenger compartment features a different design, again fading from blue to orange. The carpet is customized, too, with deep wool floor mats that undoubtedly feel amazing on bare feet. Looking up, the headliner is covered in blue and orange fabric, a large moonroof over the second row floods the cabin with light.

Drivetrain

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Providing power to this psychedelic van is a BlueHDi 150 S&S diesel four-cylinder with a six-speed manual transmission. The engine sends 148 horsepower to a custom-built 4WD system with on-demand engagement. This gives the van unmatched abilities in the dirt that no other SpaceTourer can compete with.

The SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept also features a higher ground clearance to minimize damage from off-road debris or obstacles. The taller ride also allows for bigger wheels and tires, furthering the van’s go-anywhere attitude.

Conclusion

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Citroën is still quiet on many of the details with the SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept, but we expect to hear more info once the van breaks cover at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Aside from the missing details, the van – or at least its renderings – show a fun and spunky vehicle with attitude not normally found in MPV-style vans. It’s doubtful Citroën would ever put this concept into production, but it may just spark consumer interest in AWD or 4WD vans.

Whatever the case, the SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept is an interesting vehicle that we can’t wait to see in person. Be sure to check TopSpeed for more details come March.

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    • Too flashy for most buyers

Press Release

Coinciding with the launch of the new SpaceTourer, Citroën is joining forces with French pop group “HYPHEN HYPHEN” to unveil a bright, vibrant 4x4 concept vehicle: the Citroën SpaceTourer HYPHEN. Bursting with optimism and energy, amplifying the character of the production version, the SpaceTourer HYPHEN concept will be at the top of Citroën’s playlist at the Geneva Motor Show.

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The Citroën SpaceTourer HYPHEN concept has bright, breezy, go-anywhere looks that inspire thoughts of unlimited travel. As its name suggests, this concept model forges a clear link between families and groups of friends; MPVs and SUVs; cities and wide open spaces. Everyone is encouraged to step on board and to enjoy an adventure together.

It felt only natural for Citroën to join forces with pop group HYPHEN HYPHEN, who are a lively young group from Nice in the South of France. Nominated for the 2016 French music awards, HYPHEN HYPHEN is becoming hugely popular in the electronic pop scene.

According to Arnaud Belloni, Director of Marketing and Communication; “Citroën has always known how to innovate, to be a pioneer and to spot talent. After meeting HYPHEN HYPHEN, the idea for a partnership came about naturally. This vibrant, offbeat group has a real graphic and musical signature. This may be a communication campaign, but one that comes straight from the heart! It’s also a way for us to pool our values of optimism, sharing and creativity.”

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As well as boasting all the features of the production version, the Citroën SpaceTourer HYPHEN offers:

SUPERCHARGED DESIGN, which is both protective and welcoming. It turns up the volume with an adventurous, rugged and bright colour scheme that celebrates freedom and functionality.
An INVIGORATING INTERIOR that is welcoming and comfortable. It immerses passengers in a casual, colourful atmosphere in which everyone enjoys VIP treatment.
ENHANCED MOBILITY that beckons you to travel in ultimate comfort. It provides even greater freedom, thanks to a 4x4 drivetrain developed by Automobiles Dangel. It is always ready for action, in the spirit of true off-road vehicles, and confirms its ability to get to the hardest-to-reach places.

SUPERCHARGED DESIGN

The Citroën SpaceTourer HYPHEN concept exudes dynamism and energy, evoking freedom, leisure, and open-air activities at first sight. The overall balance and compact dimensions suggest strength and determination, without being overly aggressive.

The Citroën SpaceTourer HYPHEN has an SUV personality and accentuates the original, robust style of the production vehicle. The concept has a broader front bumper design, wheel arch trims and sill protectors inspired by the Aircross concept. All of these features are finished in a matt Dark Moondust colour that is amplified by red-orange highlights.

With a higher ride-height than the production version, the SpaceTourer HYPHEN sits on 19-inch diamond-cut matt black alloy wheels with red-orange detailing. To emphasise its all-terrain credentials, five elastomer straps are positioned on each tyre to suggest optimum grip.

This strap design also features on the concept’s front and rear bumpers. Formed from anodised aluminum, they give the impression of even greater sturdiness. They also bring climbing equipment to mind: straps, ropes and carabiners.

The fresh, soft, iridescent green body colour enhances the vehicle’s fluid lines and evokes nature. The colour stands out even more as it contrasts with the gloss black roof and red-orange hexagonal-patterned decals.

The SpaceTourer HYPHEN concept is made for more than just everyday journeys. It brings to life the experience of travelling as a family or group of friends, when fun and freedom awaits you.

INVIGORATING INTERIOR

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When you open the sliding side door, passengers are instantly ushered into a dazzling world with a bright, dynamic atmosphere that promotes well-being. The roomy, functional interior space is packed with comfort-enhancing features and bold colours – from the roof lining to the door panels and the seats to the center console.

Once aboard the Citroën SpaceTourer HYPHEN, every occupant enjoys VIP treatment. Each seat is given a unique colour scheme, repeating the shaded tones and graphic choices throughout the cabin. The lower portions of the seats are finished in sea-green Nappa leather with contrasting top stitching.

Promoting an energising, refreshing and cosy ambience, there is also outstanding acoustic comfort and thick floor mats in rich, soft wool.

The roof lining and dashboard are wrapped in a special fabric to harmonise with the colours and design of the seats. The entire interior is bathed in natural light that pours in through the broad glass sunroof.

Overall, the Citroën SpaceTourer HYPHEN has an interior with asymmetric style and bold 2D and 3D aesthetics. The purpose is to guarantee an energising experience, where all the occupants can enjoy fun, freedom and unlimited adventures.

EXTENDED MOBILITY

Equipped with a BlueHDi 150 S&S diesel engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, the SpaceTourer HYPHEN concept has on-demand four-wheel drive developed in collaboration with Automobiles Dangel. This drivetrain has the trailblazing capabilities of a 4x4 and also preserves the handling and dynamic characteristics of the production SpaceTourer.

This all-terrain option delivers improved traction in challenging conditions when there is reduced grip. The SpaceTourer HYPHEN concept also has higher ground clearance than the production vehicle.

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This bespoke 4x4 transmission doesn’t compromise any of the standard SpaceTourer’s characteristics in terms of comfort, safety, and practicality.

The SpaceTourer HYPHEN concept will be unveiled on the Citroën stand in Hall 6 at the Geneva Motor Show at 9:30am on Tuesday 1 March.

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