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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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2018 DS 7 Crossback

2018 DS 7 Crossback

DS’ newest SUV is ready to take on the competition

Citroën has been around since 1919, but its premium sub-brand, DS Automobiles has only been around since its announcement back in 2009 – making the brand just shy of a decade old. Since then, the brand has released a few concepts and no fewer than six individual models that include the DS 3, DS 6, two iterations of the DS 4, and two iterations of the DS 5. Now with the upcoming Geneva Auto Show, the DS brand is set to release a new SUV, aptly called the DS7.

It will fight against models like the Lexus NX, Audi Q2, and even the BMW X1 – a tall order, but not exactly unfathomable given the looks, luxury, and comfort offered by the brand’s newest SUV… uhem… Crossback. Designed with comfort and performance in mind, the DS 7 features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that delivers some 300 ponies through all four wheels when needed. Features like DS Night Vision, DS Active Scan Suspension, DS Connected Pilot, and a pair of 12-inch screens inside are present – all of which poses a strong proposition for the competition.

There are even rumors that this newest model could, in fact, bring the Citroën brand – or at least some derivative of it – back to the U.S. for the first time in nearly three decades. Of course, word has it that its initial reentry will be trough a company called TravelCar which would help the brand introduce its newest models to the U.S. market as rental or ride-share vehicles. But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves and get too excited, that’s still some time away, and the DS7 is still headed to Geneva Motor Show. So, let’s take a better look at DS’ newest SUV and talk more about it.

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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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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 Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl Special Edition

2016 Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl Special Edition

Citroën has created a new C4 Cactus with a focus toward the surfer population

Fans of the Citroën C4 Cactus has something to be excited about when the doors open at the Geneva Auto Show. Citroën has created a special edition C4 Cactus, dubbed the Rip Curl, that brings some interesting design cues and new technology to the C4 line – some of which aren’t available on any other C4 model.

This new, special-edition model is built out of a collaboration between Citroën and the surfing brand, Rip Curl. The idea behind the special edition is to boost the outdoor spirit already offered by the C4 Cactus and take it to another level. As Citroën put it, “The C4 Cactus Rip Curl encourages drivers to hit the road anytime, anywhere” and is “ideal for lifestyles focused on leisure and well-being.”

The biggest highlight of the C4 Cactus Rip Curl is the new Grip Control system that was designed specifically for this model, and promises enhanced traction and drivability over most terrain. Surely this model will spawn a lot of interest for fans of the C4 Cactus when it official debuts in Geneva, so let’s take a closer look at the C4 Cactus Rip Curl and what makes it so special.

Continue reading to learn more about the Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl Special Edition.

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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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2013 Citroen DS4 Electro Shot

2013 Citroen DS4 Electro Shot

Citroen will be further expanding itsDS4 lineup with the addition of a new Electro Shot special edition that is will unveil at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The new Electro Shot will be built on the DStyle trim level and introduces the classic two-tone finish to the DS4 lineup.

The model combines gray exterior paint with a gloss-black roof and spoiler, plus chrome-finished door mirrors. The model will come with a set of black 17-inch alloy wheels. The interior will add leather seats, lots of metallic accents and a high-end infotainment system.

Citroen offered no details on the engine, but we are pretty sure the new DS4 Electro Shot will be offered with a 1.6-liter HDi 160 engine that will deliver a total of 110 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque.

The new DS4 Electro Shot will be the first Citroen model to be produced by the new customization workshop at the company’s Mulhouse production site.

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2014 Citroen Technospace Concept

2014 Citroen Technospace Concept

Don’t get carried away with the cool Technospace Concept, as it is merely an insight on what to expect from the upcoming C4 Picasso MUV — one of the best-selling models for the French Automaker.

Slated to be shown off at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Technospace Concept looks production ready. Given the new radical design language that Citroen currently follows (Check out the Citroen DS5 for instance), expect the 2014 Picasso to retain minimal changes from the concept design.

If Citroen were to choose the above path, the 2014 Picasso will be 40 mm (1.57 inches) shorter in height than the outgoing model and 55 mm (2.16 inches) longer for extra cabin space. With these changes, the new Picasso will feature new proportions that delicately combine compactness and a large cabin space — a good aspect to impress customers looking for sheer practicality in a well-built package.

To befit the name, the car boasts several cool features to fascinate the children you will soon be ferrying such as a full-touch driving interface with a high-definition 12-inch panoramic screen.

The all-you-can-fit French van sits on Citroen’s new Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2) that aims to make the car lighter and more stable. And with an eco-friendly lineup in the cards, expect emission to be at a record level of 98 g/km.

The production version of the Technospace concept, aka the 2014 C4 Picasso will see the light of day from the second half of 2013. We’ll update this review once details fly by.

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2012 Citroen C4 Aircross

2012 Citroen C4 Aircross

We’ve given Citroen some flak in the past for their conservative design methods, but all that seems to be a thing of the past now as the French automaker is preparing to reveal the new C4 Aircross crossover at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Together with its sister model, the Peugeot 4008, the C4 Aircross represents a new chapter in Citroen’s design evolution. The C4 Aircross - and the 4008, for that matter - were both based on the Mitsubishi ASX Crossover, but the new C4 gets some design transformations on its own, including a new body panel, new trims, and plenty of different color options.

While official powertrain options have yet to be announced, Citroen is offering four different engines, including a 1.6-liter petrol that produces 115 horsepower, a 2.0-liter petrol engine that develops 150 horsepower, a 1.6-liter diesel engine that comes with 110 horsepower, and a 1.8-liter diesel engine that churns out 150 horsepower.

Further details behind the Citroen C4 Aircross will be revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. For now, the French automaker has provided a slice of what’s in store courtesy of an extensive photo gallery.

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2012 Citroen DS3 Racing Sebastien Loeb Special Edition

2012 Citroen DS3 Racing Sebastien Loeb Special Edition

French automaker, Citroen, is probably most famous in the auto and racing circles for its dominance in the world of rally racing and in particular, it’s tie-up with 8-time WRC champ, Sebastien Loeb. So it only made sense that Citroen is bringing a special edition model of their DS3 Racing model to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The DS3 Sebastien Loeb SE model will be made available after Geneva at a still undisclosed price and will be limited to only 200 units.

On the aesthetic front, Citroen gave the car a special matte black paint finish - always a positive thing - with matching red graphics on the roof that pay homage to Loeb and all his career accomplishments in WRC. Likewise, the mirror caps, the grill rush, the fascia panel, and the base of the gear lever have all been decked in a red Arden finish.

Finally, the interior of the car gets a special numbered plaque signed by both Loeb and Daniel Elena celebrating their 8 championships in WRC with a corresponding numerical assignment on what model number the car is in relation to all 200 units.

You can expect to see the DS3 Racing Sebastien Loeb Special Edition at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show where it will be on hand together with the rest of Citroen’s contingent.

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2012 Citroen C3 Red Block Special Edition

2012 Citroen C3 Red Block Special Edition

A year after Citroen pulled the covers off of the C3 Red Block Concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the French automaker is returning to the same event with the production version of the model, appropriately called the "C3 Red Block Special Edition."

The car will be part of a strong delegation for the Frenchies with the C3 Red Block Special Edition carrying some of the distinctive characteristics that were done on the concept version. The model will be made available in five different paint finishes - Shark Blue with a matching bumper strip, Banquise White, Aluminum Grey, Manitoba Grey, and Obsidian Black with a gloss black bumper strip. On top of the plethora of hues buyers can choose from, the C3 Red Block Special Edition will also sport a modified steering wheel system, a set of new 17" diamond-effect rims wrapped in 205/40 tires, a modified chassis, and a lowered suspension set-up that drops the car’s ride height by 25mm.

Inside, the C3 Red Block Special Edition gets treated to some fancy make-overs, particularly the gloss black dashboard fascia, which adds a certain panache to the car. There are also aluminum-finished pedals and front door surrounds, a smaller sports steering wheel, and as an option to prospective buyers, red leather upholstery.

Engine options are also part of the offering for the special edition C3. For this bad boy, customers can opt to choose from an e-HDi 90 diesel, an e-HDi 100 diesel, and a VTi 120 petrol engine, with the respective outputs ranging from 90-120 horsepower.

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2012 Citroen DS4 Racing Concept

2012 Citroen DS4 Racing Concept

Rumors have been flying around that say Citroen is preparing a competitor for models like the Volkswagen Golf R and the Renaultsport Mégane RS, and here it is. The French company has offered the first official confirmation of the upcoming DS4 Racing Concept. This first concept model will be unveiled next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The new DS4 Racing Concept will be finished in a textured-effect matte grey paint combined with a two-tone roof and 19" two-tone wheels with a special DS4 Racing design. The car has been lowered by 35 mm, but offsetting that is a widened track, 55mm at the front and 75mm at the rear. These adjustments make the DS4 look aggressive, as well as more aerodynamic.

The Citroen DS4 Racing Concept is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo petrol engine that delivers a total of 256 HP. It also features a ton of carbon fiber components, including the air diffuser, front splitter, and wheel arch extensions.

Full details on the Citroen DS4 Racing Concept will be unveiled next month during its official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!

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2011 Citroen C6 Noir et Blanc

2011 Citroen C6 Noir et Blanc

Citroen will bring the C6 Noir et Blanc concept car to the Geneva Motor Show this year. This model is a more luxurious version of the C6 limousine aimed for a more exclusive clientele. If the concept actually makes it to production, it will only be offered as a limited edition model.

The concept is finished in white with chromed elements for a sportier look. It also features elegant lines, a unique rear window, enough interior room for all of the passengers. The concept’s design was inspired by the Lignage prototype which was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show back in 1999.

The concept will be further distinguished by a head-up display, lane departure warning system, xenon directional headlamps, Hydractive suspension with electronically controlled springing and damping and a rear spoiler which automatically adjusts to speed and braking.

More details will be offered on March 3rd when the concept makes its debut in Geneva.

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