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Citroen C5 Aircross Hyrbid Concept Revealed In Paris

Citroen C5 Aircross Hyrbid Concept Revealed In Paris

The SUV looks swell, but is it enough to be the segment leader?

Citroën’s flagship presentation this year at the Paris Motor Show is the pre-production study for the brand’s first plug-in hybrid model. Dubbed the C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid Concept, it will go on sale from 2020. The SUV on display at the show features a special White and Deep Blue color code, with Electric Blue accents.

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The Citroen DS3 Crossback Shows Up In Paris Looking Like a Proper SUV

The Citroen DS3 Crossback Shows Up In Paris Looking Like a Proper SUV

City SUV with curious styling inside and out

DS presented the new DS3 Crossback at the Paris Motor Show. The SUB-compact city SUV is the second SUV debut for the premium brand under the PSA Group and it took the path of competing with other small city crossovers. Without a direct premium competitor in its segment (save for the Audi Q2), the DS3 Crossback represent an interesting attempt by the French to excite buyers into this class. In essence, this car succeeded the DS3 small city car, but brings numerous novelties demonstrating DS ideology of creating exciting, different, and unique cars.

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2019 Citroen C5 Aircross

2019 Citroen C5 Aircross

It doesn’t have AWD, though

Citroen plans to woo future C5 Aircross buyers with chunky SUV looks, striking fascias, and colorful design details. What you’re essentially looking at here is not an SUV, but the evolution of the European people carrier which Citroen chose to launch before the long overdue replacement for the C5 sedan and wagon.

First revealed for the Chinese market last year, and set to make its European debut at the Paris motor show this October, the C5 Aircross has been confirmed to arrive in showrooms by the end of 2018 with minor changes. Underpinning it is the same EMP2 platform used for the Peugeot 3008, 5008, and the Opel Grandland X - like these models from within the PSA group, the new C5 Aircross also lacks an all-wheel-drive option and only features Grip Control.

Previous C5-badged Citroens all used to feature the firm’s excellent hydropneumatic adjustable suspension, but here it’s been ditched in favor of what they call Progressive Hydraulic Cushions - basically two hydraulic stops on each corner: one for rebound and one for compression - and this is said to provide a very smooth ride, although the system is nowhere near as advanced as the previous one.

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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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2017 Citroën C3

2017 Citroën C3

Other manufacturers should take note of Citroën’s dedication to redesigning the C3

It’s been six years since Citroën debuted the second-generation C3 and three years since the car’s last facelift. Now, Citroën is kicking off the 2017 model year with a redesigned C3, and let me just say that it is a huge departure from the outgoing model. The front end has been completely redesigned; the side panels now include Airbump panels like we’ve seen previously on the C3 Cactus, and the new generation brings a new range of personalization options previously unavailable to the C3. Furthermore, there is some new technology to talk about, and Citroën has even gone so far as to add in the option of four different interior themes. In the power department, there is are three gasoline-powered engines and two diesel-powered mills to choose from, making this a versatile option in the world of compacts.

After seeing the spy shots, we really didn’t expect the C3 to change all that much but, upon first glance, the three-year wait from the last facelift is well worth it. Furthermore, this thing actually comes with its own built-in dashcam, which is something that you don’t generally find in a new car – at least not that I can recall anyway. The most interesting thing about this debut is that it was just earlier this month that we caught the C3 testing under heavy camo, and we certainly didn’t expect to see the sheet pulled off the car so soon. With that said, let’s quit wasting time and take a good look at what Citroën is bringing to the table with the all-new C3.

Updated 06/29/2016: Citroën dropped the official details on the new C3.

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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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2013 Citroen DS3 Electrum Concept

2013 Citroen DS3 Electrum Concept

French automaker Citroen has been relatively coy about their plans for the 2012 Paris Motor Show, but with the event a little over a week away, we’re slowly getting a good idea on what’s in store from Citroen.

One of the models headed to Paris is the DS3 Electrum Concept, an all-electric concept that promises to take the phrase of an electric supermini to new heights.

Details have yet to be revealed, but Citroen has said that the car can run a range of up to 75 miles and will be powered by a pair of 65 kW motors that has been fitted on the front axle with a Panasonic 17.5 kWh lithium-ion battery.

The automaker also describes the DS3 Electrum Concept as a car with "an innovative and non-intrusive design,” which means we’re expecting nothing short of stunning for this car.

That being said, we’re looking forward to seeing what the DS3 Electrum Concept is all about. Chances are, we’re not alone.

Note: Photo is of the Citroen DS3

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2013 Citroen DS4 Pure Pearl Edition

2013 Citroen DS4 Pure Pearl Edition

Seeing as the Paris Motor Show is the home auto show of Citroen, it’s pretty obvious that they’re going to bring a whole load of vehicles to the event.

With a little over a week before the doors to the event officially open, the French automaker is slowly unveiling their Paris-bound line-up, including a pair of special edition DS models carrying the "Pure Pearl" special edition designation.

One of these models is the DS4 Pure Pearl, which, as the name suggests, comes finished with a pearlescent white body color to go with touches of gloss chrome detailing and a new set of 18" alloy wheels. Other unique features of the DS4 Pure Pearl include an interior that’s been dressed in a watchstrap-style club leather upholstery that has been complemented with blue over-stitching.

For this particular model of the DS4, Citroen decided to give it a more powerful 1.6-liter HDi 160 engine instead of the standard model’s HDi 110 engine. What that means is that the DS4 Pure Pearl Edition comes packed with a tidy 110 horsepower and 199 lb/ft of torque and mated to an automatic transmission.

It’s not going to blow a lot of cars on the road, but for a hatchback of its caliber, it sure has plenty of promise.

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2013 Citroen DS3 Cabrio

2013 Citroen DS3 Cabrio

Citroen’s DS3 supermini is stripping its cape in favor of a black soft top roof and although the DS3 Cabrio won’t be making its official appearance until the 2012 Paris Auto Show in September, the company has opted to reveal the full list of specifications a little early.

The new droptop DS3 was rumored to be called the DS3 Airflow, but it looks as though the French company has opted to keep the car’s simple namesake intact. The future Citroen will be similar to the hatchback version, except, of course, for its soft top, which takes 16 seconds to open or close and can be operated at speeds of up to 120 km/h (74 mph). When this top is down, the edges and the side windows will remain in their place, just like the system set up for the Fiat 500C. The new model is also the only real 5-seater in the category and offers the largest boot.

As for the engines, the model will be offered with the same ten diesel and petrol engines as its hard-top brother, with power ranging from 89-204 HP. Citroen will also offer an Eco-friendly version emitting just 99 g/km of CO2. Performance will vary because of the extra weight provided by the convertible setup, but who buys a DS3 because of it performance times?

European sales for the 2013 Citroen DS3 Cabrio will begin in the first part of 2013 when the market will be privy to three different versions: Racing, Ultra Prestige, and Just Mat.

UPDATE 08/31/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images for the Citroen DS3 Cabrio.

UPDATE 01/08/13: Citroen has announced the pricing for the DS3 Cabrio. Well, at least the pricing in Germany. Check out how much it costs in Deutschland after the jump and from there, you can have a rough estimate on how much it’ll cost in your currency.

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Citroen releases teaser video of DS3 Rally racer

Citroen releases teaser video of DS3 Rally racer

To say that the new Citroen DS3 rally car has some big shoes to fill is like saying that Megan Fox is hot. Well, duh.

Following in the footsteps of the C4 rally car isn’t always the best place to get your feet wet in the world of rally. This is especially true since the C4, which has been running for four years, already has a laundry list of accomplishments, including three driver’s championships and two manufacturer’s championships. Can you take the heat, DS3?

Nevertheless, Citroen is ready to unveil their next-generation rally race, which was built with a smaller, normally aspirated engine to adhere to the new rules that are going to be enforced in the World Rally Championship beginning in the 2011 season.

The C3 rally car is scheduled to have its public unveiling at the Paris Motor Show next week. But before that, Citroen has released a new teaser video of the new rally car. We’re dying to find out how the DS3 can handle the enormous shadow cast by its predecessor. Although we won’t be able to find that out until next year, we’re likewise excited to see how the new rally car looks.

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Citroen Lacoste Concept

Citroen Lacoste Concept

What would a major international motor show be without a quirky concept vehicle in attendance attracting a strong following?

And given that this is the Paris Motor Show, we shouldn’t be surprised that Citroen is bringing with them a concept vehicle that they collaborated with French clothing brand Lacoste. Predictably enough, the concept is being called the “Citroen Lacoste Concept”.

The buggy-looking concept certainly has a lot of reference to the image of Lacoste, one that promotes a colorful, vibrant, and sporty lifestyle. Look more closely and you’ll notice a number of allusions to sports, including the golf ball-inspired alloy wheels and tennis net parts you can find scattered around the car’s unique body. The concept’s interior is also replete with Lacoste references including t-shirt-inspired seat trims that hits close to the French clothing brand’s overall style.

Suffice to say, the Citroen Lacoste Concept looks nothing like a standard vehicle. Suited more to be described either as a futuristic buggy or a door-less sporty off-roader, the concept vehicle is powered by a three-cylinder engine that comes with sufficient performance numbers to power a vehicle of this size and weight. Although the vehicle is nothing more than a concept, we have to admit that we’re digging the whole quirky and sporty look to it. It may not hit production blocks anytime soon, but we’re still looking forward to seeing this vehicle hit the showroom floor of the Paris Motor Show. If for nothing else, it should add some color and energy to the multi-day auto event.

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2011 Citroen DS4

2011 Citroen DS4

Citroen has unveiled today the first details on the new DS4, the second model in Citroen’s distinctively-styled DS line. Official debut will be made at the Paris Auto Show and sales will begin in 2011.

The new DS4 model is distinguished by the DS signature: striking LED light, a chrome-finished waistline surrounding dark tinted windows, muscular wheel arches, tautly drawn roofline with a spoiler for added vitality, chrome rear bumper and light clusters highlights.

On the interior, DS4 offers a choice of five leather combination, including two-tone options. Range-topping models are also equipped with high quality leather on the dashboard and door panels - complete with a ‘Bracelet’ design on the seats, evoking the links of a watch strap.

The DS4 can be ordered with Citroen’s micro-hybrid e-HDi technology, which is available from launch on versions powered by the HDi 110 engine. This system combines an economical HDi Euro V diesel power plant , new generation Stop & Start system, a second-generation reversible alternator and an e-booster function.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Citroen C4

2011 Citroen C4

Compared to the current generation, the 2011 C4 has grown in dimensions with 5cm in length, 2cm in width, and 3cm in height. It also comes with a new exterior design: more aggressive headlights, a bolder grille, additional chrome accent, a roof-mounted spoiler, a classier rear bumper, and modern taillights. The new Citroen C4 is a fabulous looking car that resembles the new Focus and Renault’s Megane Coupe. The new C4 should fit well into the very competitive small car segment.

Of course, with the wave of environmentalism sweeping up the world, Citroen made sure that the new C4 would do as little damage to the arctic as it possibly could. The New C4 will be available with Citroen’s new micro-hybrid e-HDi powertrains, which feature the latest generation Stop & Start system that helps deliver CO2 emissions as low as 109g/km at launch - and 99g/km on future models. Next to it there will be the usual turbocharged petrol and HDi diesel engines.

The list of technologies offered for the C4 include: EGS (Electronic Gearbox System), hill start assist, automatic electric parking brake, Lane Departure Warning System and Xenon dual-function directional headlamps, blind-spot monitoring system, cornering light function, cruise control and speed-limiter with road speed memory settings, and an innovative new service called eTouch.

Press release after the jump.

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Citroen C3 Picasso with Start-Stop technology

Citroen C3 Picasso with Start-Stop technology

Citroen unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the second generation Stop & Start technology. It was displayed using this white and orange C3 Picasso. The new technology will be introduced in 2010 and will be available on a range of gas and diesel models.

The special show car offers even better economy than the standard model with almost 70mpg on the combined cycle as well as low CO2 emissions of just 110g/km thanks to the new Stop & Start technology and six-speed EGS (Electronic Gearbox System). When the new C3 Picasso is launched in 2009, diesel versions will be fitted with a Particulate Filter System and will meet the Company’s green ‘Airdream’ criteria (CO2 emissions below 130 g/km when running on gas, under 158 g/km if the vehicles is running on diesel.)

The new-generation Stop & Start system will retain the combined alternator-starter unit, which Citroen claims provides quiet, smooth and almost instantaneous restarts, and will produce even better fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Improving the system’s environmental performance further, the new generation Stop & Start will also recover energy during braking and deceleration to recharge the vehicle’s battery without consuming fuel.

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2008 Citroen C4 WRC HYmotion4

2008 Citroen C4 WRC HYmotion4

Citroen unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the C4 WRC HYmotion4 concept car, the first WRC car to be equipped with a hybrid energy recovery system which delivers added performance and lower emissions.

These real performance gains have been achieved thanks to the innovative technological solutions which have been developed to transform the C4 WRC into the C4 WRC HYmotion4.

The Citroen C4 WRC HYmotion4 is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers 320bhp at 5,500rpm and 58mkg of torque at 2,750rpm.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Citroen Concept GT

2008 Citroen Concept GT

We finally get to see the whole car! Designed for the Gran Turismo 5, the GT by Citroen Concept made its official debut ahead of the Paris Auto Show. As Citroen calls it a "style replica of a vehicle from the digital world", that translates into likely a non-running styling concept. The car seems to be built to look good while playing Gran Turismo. The rear end is oversized, made exaggeratedly long in order to create an effect of retinal persistence. The idea is to make the concept car even faster visually. The white-to-grey gradation on the body side further underlines this impression of continuous movement.

Further proof that this is more of a dream car than a real car is that the GT is powered in the game by an electric motor powered by fuel cells that release no emissions. But dreaming is fun. No word yet on what, if anything, is powering the actual concept car.

Press release after the jump.

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Citroen GT - first video

Citroen GT - first video


After revealing the sixth teaser image of the GT Concept today, Citroen revealed the first video teaser of the concept (and we really hope the next time we see it, it will be the whole car.)

Maybe someday we’ll be able to teach Citroen a lesson that they can’t keep treating us like this, but until then, the video is pretty cool.

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Citroen GT Concept - sixth teaser

Citroen GT Concept - sixth teaser

Ok, enough is enough already! Citroen revealed today the sixth teaser of the GT Concept that will be revealed at the Paris Auto Show.

Once again, the GT Concept was created in cooperation with Sony subsidiary Polypony Digital and will be featured in the Playstation3 GranTurismo Prologue5. This new teaser reveals the front grille with the massive spoiler and air intakes. This also gives a slightly better idea of the car’s silhouette.

It’s a cool looking car, we got the point! C’mon Citroen, release some technical details!

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