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2020 DS Aero Sport Lounge Concept Car

2020 DS Aero Sport Lounge Concept Car

Whenever DS flexes its luxury muscle, we should all pay attention

Over the past decades, luxury has been associated with what we could call analogue concepts: fine leather, wood veneer, exquisite quilting, and silky-smooth fabrics. These days, however, luxury goes hand in hand with technology, too.

Sure, not everybody approves of that, but even the most fanatical skeptic might have second thoughts after getting a glimpse of the DS Aero Sport Lounge. We’re gonna offer up a lot more than that in the words below.

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2019 Citroen 19 19 Concept

2019 Citroen 19 19 Concept

This is Citroen’s gift to itself on its 100th birthday and it has none of the grace of its past legends

The Citroen 19_19 Concept is not a Tonka toy. Instead, it’s Citroen’s idea of how a fully autonomous car meant for cross-country trips will look in the future. Said to be inspired by the aviation world, it features a cabin brimming with tech that’s accessible via suicide doors. View it as the big brother of Citroen’s Ami One concept that’s built for the inner cities with licenseless drivers in mind.

Did you expect a nicer looking concept on Citroen’s 100th anniversary? After all, the endless streams of CXs, BXs or SMs should’ve been carried into the present day and into the future by something, right? Well, look at Citroen’s current lineup of cars. Do you see anything even remotely pretty or classy looking? I don’t and this autonomous EV sitting on 30-inch wheels is a sign that things won’t change. But underneath that GM AUTOnomy-esque body, there’s a revised version of Citroen’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension, a 100kWh battery pack that translates to a near-500-mile range, and a pair of electric motors that combine for a total output of 456 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of twist. We reckon that’s enough for the driverless means of transportation of the future but what’s more important is what the 19_19 Concept hides behind those four large doors.

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2019 Citroen Ami Concept

2019 Citroen Ami Concept

It will bow at the 2019 Geneva motor show this March

Citroen is a manufacturer that many still associate with clever technical innovations wrapped in a unique styling package and, by that definition, the new Ami Concept fits right into the brand’s historic mold. It’s also not the first Citroen to be called Ami, so maybe the automaker is timidly trying to play the history card with this petit concept.

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DS Looks Like it Has a Jewel of a Concept in The X E-Tense

DS Looks Like it Has a Jewel of a Concept in The X E-Tense

Saucy teaser gives us a peek at the follow up to the 2016 E-Tense

Two years ago, the DS performance brand unveiled the E-Tense Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. As the brand’s supposed answer to the Audi R8, the E-Tense Concept gained traction as a potential production model. Nothing has come out of it since, and that has led to speculation that those plans have been scrapped. Fortunately, for every door that closes, another one opens. Fast forward to 2018 and DS has a new concept on its hands. It’s called the DS X E-Tense, and, judging by the teaser video, it looks like a worthy follow-up to its namesake.

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2017 Citroen C-Aircross Concept

2017 Citroen C-Aircross Concept

Citroen looks to the near future with an orange-studded SUV

Just like its production models, French automaker Citroen is known for producing odd, yet oddly likable concept cars. Merging obvious production vehicle allusions and never-gonna-happen design study gloss, the concepts are usually a mixed bag, but almost always eye-catching. Such is the case with the latest C-Aircross Concept, which was just revealed ahead of its in-the-metal debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show next month. Following on the heels of Citroen’s Aircross Concept revealed back in 2015, the latest Aircross is a compact crossover that previews an upcoming production version of the crossover destined to replace the current C3 Picasso MPV. Clearly, Citroen is far more interested in SUVs, and as such, the production variant of this concept will offer the same softroader cues, including a tall body style, large wheels, flared fenders, and space in the back for things. The C-Aircross Concept also promises new interior tech and interior design, with a cabin space that’s just as wild, if not wilder, than the exterior.

And why not? Crossovers and SUVs continue to surge in popularity in a variety of markets, so the transition from MPV to SUV makes a lot of sense for the brand, especially with a (relatively) fresh design for the exterior panels and interior space.

Linda Jackson, Citroen’s CEO, had this to say – “The C-Aircross Concept demonstrates Citroen’s pursuit of its international product offensive. Based on the state-of-mind of New C3, it illustrates a different vision for the compact SUV segment, full of confidence and boldness.”

Although Citroen has expressed interest in tackling the U.S. market sometime in the future, the production variant of this concept will almost certainly not make it stateside. That said, interested European customers will likely get an eyeful with a debut sometime this fall, while an on-sale date will likely follow before the end of the year.

So then – what’s this thing really previewing, and what will actually make it to production? Read on to find out all the details.

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2017 Citroën SpaceTourer 4x4 Ë Concept

2017 Citroën SpaceTourer 4x4 Ë Concept

French automaker’s new concept MPV promises a four-wheel drive’s worth of fun and adventure

For the second straight year, Citroen’s participation at the Geneva Motor Show involves a concept vehicle that showcases the sportier and more aggressive side of the otherwise mild-mannered demeanor of a van, or SpaceTourer, as Citroen likes to call them. Last year, it was the SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept that was prominently featured in the French automaker’s stand. This year, it’s the SpaceTourer 4x4 Ë Concept’s turn under the Geneva spotlight, and like most concept’s go, it’s promising out-of-the-box features, at least when you compare it to what vans are supposed to be.

In a nutshell, the SpaceTourer 4x4 Ë Concept is an adventurous take of the French automaker’s resident mid-sized MPV. It may look the part of the SpaceTourer, but deep inside lies an identity that we usually don’t associate with vehicles of its ilk. Suffice to say, the SpaceTourer 4x4 Ë Concept is designed to be rough and rugged, equally capable of being a weekend family car and an adventure-seeking, all-terrain rough-rider. It certainly helps too, that Citroen is also presenting the SpaceTourer 4x4 Ë Concept with a packet full of features and technologies, not to mention a distinct look that helps elevate the concept’s outdoors-leaning personality.

The new SpaceTourer concept is all set to be presented in Geneva as part of Citroen’s new “Ë” lifestyle range. It may not be the flashiest concept we’ll see in the show - MPVs never are - but it’s certainly one that we need to keep a close eye on, if only for the possibility that we might end up getting a production version in the near future. That may not be a foregone conclusion, but we know what happens to concepts that are well received in Geneva.

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Citroen Highlights Its Future With Cxperience Concept

Citroen Highlights Its Future With Cxperience Concept

The wild design could preview an upcoming flagship

Citroen has been making headlines with its wild-looking vehicles since the 1950s, and although most of its current production models aren’t very innovative when it comes to styling, its modern concept cars are as wild as they get. The Cxperience concept, which was just unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, falls in the same category.

Inspired by the "high-tech world on the outside and the furnishings/travel on the inside," the Cxperience is Citroen’s take on the hatchback of the future. But, don’t let the tailgate fool you, this vehicle is nearly five meters long, which makes it larger than any of the company’s production models for the European market (and second to only the China-spec C6).

Could it preview a new flagship model? Anything is possible really, but until we find out more about that, we’re looking at a concept car whose mission is to amaze. And it does a very good job thanks to its futuristic design, concave rear window, rear-hinged doors, and active aerodynamics. Up front, it has V-shaped headlamps with one LED strip extending toward the wheel arches, and the other one toward the bumper. The light signature is unique to the Cxperience and may preview a look that Citroen will adopt in the near future. Three more directional LED headlamps are mounted into massive cutouts in the bumper, above the mobile flaps designed to open and close depending on how much air the drivetrain needs.

The rear end was designed in a similar fashion and sports beefy wheel arches, V-shaped taillights with LED strips and slim indicators with clear covers in the middle. The taillights and part of the bumper are integrated into massive, triangular cutouts that mimic those seen in the front.

The interior is a mix of flowing design lines, clean features, and premium materials. The wooden dashboard features a tubular cutout that become wider toward the door panels, while the steering wheel, center stack, and instrument cluster look clean and simple. The seats are upholstered in a flashy Citrus Yellow fabric, as is the dashboard cutout, the door panels, and the center console. The massive, 19-inch, 16/3 format touchscreen groups all the on-board functions, including air conditioning, driving aids, navigation and media sources. The car also features a range of connected services, enabling the driver to open the gate or garage door from a distance or receive home deliveries. The center console houses a dedicated smartphone stand with inductive recharging.

As you’d expect from a 21st century concept car, the Cxperience gets its juice from a hybrid drivetrain. The unnamed gasoline engine generates "between 150 and 200" horsepower, while the electric motor adds "up to 80 kW" (107 horsepower) of additional energy. Total output is estimated at 300 horsepower, while the all-electric range is rated at 60 km (about 37 miles).

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2017 Citroen C3 WRC Concept Car

2017 Citroen C3 WRC Concept Car

A single example of why WRC is so awesome.

Citroen took off the 2016 FIA WRC championship season to focus on developing it’s new WRC car based on the C3. It’s only been a year, and we’re finally seeing the conceptual version make its debut ahead of the Paris Auto Show. As you can see, the car takes a lot of cues from the road-going C3 but has plenty of extreme modifications that make it suitable for its only purpose – tearing up every rally course it rolls onto. The car was developed in a joint venture between Citroen’s style center and Citroen Racing, and is nearly track ready, minus a few minor adjustments that we’ll talk about later. There’s no telling what’s under the hood of this concept, but we know the official race version will deliver 380 horsepower and be about 55 pounds lighter than this concept.

The important thing to remember here is that this model is just a concept and Citroen has kept certain things about the actual production car out of this Concept. It does feature the same width and aerodynamic features of the car that will be used in WRC, so don’t expect to see too many changes in the future. This new car comes as a push to publicize Citroen’s new C3 as well as proof that Citroen is taking its WRC heritage seriously and looks to expand its impressive portfolio of eight manufacturer’s titles and 96 wins.

So, will the new C3 WRC car be able to live up to the hype that Citroen has built up around its previous WRC performance? It’s hard to say, but let’s take a look at this concept and talk more about what’s to come.

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2016 Citroën Cxperience

2016 Citroën Cxperience

Likely to preview Citroen’s upcoming flagship sedan

If I were to pick an automaker that has delivered the most intriguing vehicle designs of the last 60 years or so, it would have to be Citroen. From the Traction Avant and original DS series to the SM and the C6, the French firm has launched some pretty wild-looking cars. The C4 Cactus is the latest to bring some rather unconventional styling cues and features to the market, but Citroen didn’t stop there. At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the French company unleashed the Cxperience, a concept car that likely previews an upcoming flagship sedan.

Measuring nearly five meters, which puts it above the C5, the Cxperience is a sign that Citroen wants to move upmarket and offer a new flagship model. The French automaker stopped selling one in 2012, when the C6 was discontinued due to slow sales. Designed by Citroen Styling at the company’s Design Centre in Velizy, the new concept was inspired by the "high-tech world on the outside, and by furnishings/travel on the inside."

"The whole Style team pulled in the same direction to create a new executive saloon with international reach, breaking with conventional codes to express the brand’s values: Optimistic, Human and Smart, said Alexandre Malvan, director of Citroen Design.

As with many concepts, the Cxperience isn’t likely to spawn a production model, but a flagship model loosely based on it is likely to follow. Citroen current offers a new-generation C6 in China, but that’s far too conventional compared to the four-door that will drawn cues from this concept in a few years. Let’s see what the Cxperience is all about below.

Updated 10/04/2016: We added a series of images taken during the concept’ official debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.

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2016 DS E-Tense Concept

2016 DS E-Tense Concept

France’s answer to the Audi R8 e-tron

Launched in 2009 as the premium division of Citroen, the DS brand became a standalone entity in 2014. The first separation took place in China, where the DS 5LS and DS 6WR were sold in distinct dealerships. With the facelift of the DS5 in 2015, the DS brand was also separated from Citroen in Europe. No longer sporting the Citroen badge, DS vehicles will soon become available in DS dealerships worldwide. Until then, DS is planning to launch more new models, one of which could be previewed by the E-Tense concept that was just confirmed for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

While previous DS-badged vehicles were based on Citroen models and platforms, the E-Tense was conceived from a clean sheet, employing a design that blends the cues of a grand tourer with those of a modern sports car. And, unlike other models from the current DS lineup, it uses an electric drivetrain that cranks out more than 400 horsepower.

DS didn’t say whether the E-Tense is slated to spawn a production version in the future, but it could be a signal that the French brand is looking to enter the sports car market as well. We should find out more about that at the Geneva Motor Show next week, so make sure you stay tuned for details. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at DS’ most intriguing vehicle to date.

Updated 03/04/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official presentation at the 2016 Geneva

Motor Show. Click the "Pictures" tab to check them out!

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2016 Citroen SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept

2016 Citroen SpaceTourer Hyphen Concept

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.

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Citroen Cactus M Concept

Citroen Cactus M Concept

Citroen first introduced the C4 Cactus as a concept vehicle two years ago at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Since then, the Cactus has morphed into not only a production crossover, but a variety of separate prototypes as well, including the 2015 Aircross. It also gave the French automaker the 2015 World Car Design of the Year accolade at the New York International Auto Show back in April. Unsurprisingly, the platform has transformed once again, this time as homage to the Mehari light utility off-roader.

Between 1968 and 1988, Citroen produced 144,953 examples of the Mehari. Based on the stout 2CV, the Mehari served many different purposes, including military use in the French army. However, civilians also got to enjoy the Mehari’s rugged capability – not only was it lightweight enough to tackle rough terrain, its plastic body resisted corrosion, even in the grit and salt of repeated beach runs.

Drawing inspiration from the Mehari “and the seaside world associated with” it, the new Cactus M Concept hopes to prove the versatility of the C4 Cactus platform for future models in a variety of different bodystyles, exhibiting several fun ideas along the way.

Updated 09/21/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

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See How Citroen Built the Aircross Concept: Video

See How Citroen Built the Aircross Concept: Video

Have you ever wondered what goes into creating a one-off concept vehicle? Well then check out this short video from Citroen that shows just some of what went into creating the 2015 Citroen Aircross Concept, which debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show.

Since it is just a concept vehicle, things like hood and liftgate struts were passed over in favor of spending more time handcrafting some of the detailed elements of the Aircross Concept. Although most of the body had already been sculpted outside of this video, Citroen still gives a behind-the-scenes look at how concept vehicles go from drawing board sketches to auto show reality. The big question now becomes whether the 2015 Citroen Aircross Concept can go from the bright lights of Shanghai to Citroen dealership showrooms.

The current C4 Aircross is little more than a reworked version of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, so this concept suggests that Citroen is looking to breathe a little more of its funky styling into the compact crossover. And judging by the quirky-looking C4 Cactus that recently entered the Citroen lineup, the styling of the Aircross really isn’t all that outlandish.

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2015 Citroen Aircross Concept

2015 Citroen Aircross Concept

Citroen was founded almost a century ago, and since then, it’s sold roughly 50 million vehicles worldwide. To help celebrate this momentous achievement, the French automaker is unveiling a new hybrid crossover concept for the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show, highlighting the brand’s forward-thinking philosophy with the latest technology, design language, interior innovations, and powertrain developments. The concept draws heavily from the successful C4 Cactus, but brings a few fresh ideas to the table with typical Citroen flair.

The double-chevron brand chose Shanghai for the debut as a means of reflecting “...the importance of the Chinese market, which accounts for 25 percent of total sales, and stands as Citroen’s number-one market.” However, the Aircross was designed to reflect the demands of customers everywhere, mixing comfort, performance and economy into one cohesive package. 

While still only a concept, the Aircross might be a good signifier of things to come from Citroen. And even though some of the ideas it presents could be seen as too radical for mass consumption, don’t discount anything – Citroen has been known to embrace even the craziest concepts if they show potential. This is historically evidenced by the wonderful DS of the 1950s. Check it out here.

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2014 Citroen DS3 Ines De La Fressange Paris Concept

2014 Citroen DS3 Ines De La Fressange Paris Concept

Citroen is serious about making a splash at the Paris Motor Show. After unveiling the Divine DS Concept on September 8, 2014, the French automaker followed that up by pulling the covers off of a pair of DS3 Concepts that highlight its collaborative powers with the high-class Parisian fashion scene.

Citroen’s DS Styling Centre recently collaborated with French fashion label Ines de La Fressange Paris to develop special-edition versions of the DS3 and DS3 Cabrio. The two concepts were designed with a clear objective in mind, enhance the DS3’s appeal as a model suited for the discerning French fashionista.

The concepts come loaded with unique styling and plenty of graphics, the kind you expect to see when a fashion label with the style de vie’ of Ines de La Fressange Paris gets involved.

The DS3 and the DS3 Cabrio were designed separately, each with its own distinctive flavor that emphasizes the personalization potential of the entire DS3 line.

The two concepts are set to make their debuts at the DS WORLD PARIS event this week before heading to the Paris Motor Show on October 4, 2014.

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2014 Citroen Divine DS

2014 Citroen Divine DS

It takes a special kind of gravitas to name a car ‘Divine’. That brings out a number of expectations that might not be met. But Citroen doesn’t seem to be unfazed about the kind of expectations its new Divine DS concept is going to have. On the contrary, the French automaker is actually putting a lot on the concept’s plate, essentially developing it as a preview of its future plans for the DS line.

The launch of the DS3 in 2010 proved to be a success for Citroen and gave the company a model that could compete with its rivals in Europe, so much so that it’s been touted as its own brand that has the potential to become more popular in the coming years.

If this is the road the Citroen DS is going to, then save some room for us in the bandwagon.

I, for one, am impressed at the design of the Divine DS. It’s got a sporty and aggressive character that can be used to build on the Citroen’s plans for the DS to be a stand-alone brand. The concept itself doesn’t wear any Citroen badges. It doesn’t even have the company’s logo. Instead, we see a prominent ‘DS’ emblem on the front grille, which is as good an indication as any on what the Divine DS really aims to accomplish.

There are currently no plans to build a production version of the Divine DS anytime soon. I’m not even going to get my hopes up that Citroen will actually build one.

Instead, I expect the company’s future DS line to carry the DNA of the Divine DS. If that does happen, then sign me up as a fan.

Updated 10/03/2014: The new Divine DS was unveiled at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in all its glory making us wonder when Citroen models will end up looking like this. Check the images from the unveiling in the "Photos" tab.

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2014 Citroen C-XR Concept

2014 Citroen C-XR Concept

Given how much Citroen has invested on the Chinese market, it was only a matter of time before the French automaker expanded its lineup in the country. That time has apparently come with the debut of the C-XR Concept at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.

Okay, it doesn’t look as much of a concept as it does a near production-ready model that could be sent to dealerships sooner than later, possibly as soon as later in 2014. The C-XR also holds the distinction of being the first Citroen model the developed with the Dongfeng Motor Group, as clear a sign of where the C-XR is going to be offered once the production version is ready.

Overall, the C-XR is a sharply-designed crossover that should go over among Chinese customers, especially the young-and-hip crowd that puts a vehicle’s style and design over everything else, including its performance credentials.

That’s exactly the formula Citroen followed in developing the C-XR Concept. Only time will tell if the production version adopts the same architecture.

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