The concept is a plug-in hybrid which marries a 200bhp petrol engine with a 100bhp electric motor, and which some might see as a tad yesterday – concepts these days seem to be pure electric. Still, the combination of octane and watts allows plenty of motorway performance and a zero emissions electric capability of up to 37 miles, and all with no range anxiety.
The concept is built more for comfort than speed, as flagship of Citroën’s rediscovered emphasis on cushioning with its Advanced Comfort programme. Hydropneumatic? No, but in that direction perhaps with Citroën promising the concept employs an “hydraulic cushion” to filter out defects in the road surface.
Overall we like it. It’s avant garde and the sort of thing Citroën have done well in the past and should do again. And while we shouldn’t expect a production version exactly like this, the concept is clearly going to be influential in Citroën’s new model plans. As they say, that body style is a “a step forward that marks a new offensive in brand strateg”.
What’s French for “coach doors” we wonder?