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(from Citroen Press
Release) CITROňN HYPNOS: CREATIVITY AND TECHNOLOGIES
CitroŽn is revealing its
new concept car, Hypnos, at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. An elegant
and distinctive cross-over vehicle, Hypnos explores new avenues in
the design of luxury ecological vehicles. Its creative technologies
deliver outstanding performance and environmental efficiency,
combined with subtle but powerful motoring sensations.
HYmotion4 technology for
guaranteed thrills and efficiency
The special hybrid
technology used on Hypnos highlights CitroŽnís commitment to the
environment and shows once again that this strong ecological focus
is always accompanied by driving thrills and efficiency.
Feasible from an
industrial standpoint, the architecture of the concept carís
HYmotion4 diesel hybrid drivetrain features a rear axle-mounted
electric motor. This innovative and particularly simple set-up is a
perfect fit with the character of Hypnos, optimising dynamic
performance and traction while delivering impressively low fuel
consumption and emissions (4.5 l/100 km and 120 g/km of CO2).
And CitroŽn has made
this advanced hybrid technology even more attractive by giving it
the form of a beautifully proportioned and boldly styled concept
Hypnosí sleek, flowing
body lines and high-set stance atop 22-inch wheels clearly denote a
car looking for new driving thrills.
The initial appeal of
the exterior styling is confirmed inside. The cabin, with its
original colours, makes the technology more human and approachable,
as illustrated by the dreamlike clock, colour therapy and
Passengers enjoy a
powerful sensory experience, verging on the magical.
UNIQUE BODY STYLING AND CABIN
Hypnos is a hybrid in
terms of both technology and styling. The body combines the vitality
and elegance of a saloon with the volumes of a cross-over.
Powerful, flowing and
expressive, Hypnosí unique proportions and balance promise a driving
experience of outstanding emotion. The concept carís rear-hinged
doors and colour-splashed interior draw onlookers in and make them
want to climb aboard.
Premium cabin materials,
exceptionally comfortable individual seats and dreamlike in-car
technology are designed to set high standards in driving pleasure
and passenger comfort.
Innovative and elegant body style
exceptional elegance and strength with its dynamic, sculpted body
lines that are both taut and fluid.
Hypnos is eye-catchingly proportioned at 4.90 m long, 2.17 m wide
and 1.58 m high. From the pronounced wheel arches to the tautly
drawn bonnet and raised waistline, all the body lines reflect strong
but sophisticated muscle power.
Hypnos also appeals with its vitality, giving the impression of
movement even when at rest. The pillarless ďfloatingĒ roof,
suggesting generous interior space, flows purposefully back to the
concave rear window so typical of CitroŽn executive saloons. The
feeling of movement is also conveyed by the powerfully sculpted
Hypnosí sleek looks are showcased by the deep radiant grey of the
bodywork. Varying in intensity according to the light, this colour
gives Hypnos an elegant and prestigious sheen commensurate with its
The rear-hinged doors on Hypnos make access easier, revealing the
vehicleís prestige interior as if uncovering a jewel. A cargo
tailgate at the back gives unrestricted access to the boot.
Alongside their aesthetic appeal, these opening systems add to the
carís functionality and underline its identity as a vehicle for
A luxurious welcome
The ambience inside
Hypnos is light years away from a conventional motoring experience.
The cabin embodies the magical content of the concept car, making
each journey an unforgettable sensory adventure.
The shimmering interior makes a dramatic and eye-catching break with
the deep grey bodywork. Onlookers will marvel at the rainbow hues of
the cabin. Using these bright colours in the interior of an
executive car interior underlines CitroŽnís creativity.
Using premium materials
such as leather and brushed aluminium, the Marque has produced an
exceptionally refined cabin that creates a feeling of comfort and
confirms the exceptional nature of Hypnos.
The cabin contains four seats positioned on either side of a central
helix in a unique configuration that brings to mind DNA and organic
life, reflecting CitroŽnís focus on human values.
The long, three-metre wheelbase combined with the original,
staggered seat layout gives each passenger an astonishing amount of
personal space. Never have the passengers in a vehicle of this size
had this much room. Leg room, for example, is practically that of a
In keeping with executive standards of comfort, passengers can
customise their own space using the pivoting blades of the central
helix, which include a range of controls, such as the air
The seats are made up of
prism-shaped components that can be inflated and deflated to give
occupants upper and lower back massages.
Creative interior design
CitroŽn is committed to
making technology more human, accessible and attractive. Giving
fitting physical form to this technology and adding new, almost
magical, content was one of the main aims when designing Hypnos.
The instrument cluster
in front of the driver is presented through prisms, like a diamond,
with each facet displaying driving information. And like a jewel,
the cluster is mounted in a metal setting of premium quality. This
cluster is the main feature at the front of the cabin, embracing a
touch screen in the middle of the console and encompassing air vents
on either side of the dashboard.
located inside the air-conditioning duct, the air vents gently
diffuse halos of soft light, in a colour that varies with the chosen
Hypnos also innovates by bringing passengers the benefits of colour
therapy. A ceiling-mounted camera films the driverís face and
regularly measures anthropometric data. The system compares these
measures with pre-recorded data to gauge the driverís state of mind
and adjusts the cabin lighting and scented air-freshener fragrance
in consequence. Travelling in Hypnos is a remarkable experience in
Hypnos combines technology with creativity to striking effect with
its original onboard clock, designed by the artist Michel Serviteur.
Combining advanced technology and sheer poetry, the clock changes
colour depending on the light at different times of day. Dispensing
with needles and digital read-outs, this dreamlike timepiece emits a
succession of rhythmic colour pulses like the breathing of a living
HYmotion4 TECHNOLOGY FOR
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND MOTORING THRILLS
CitroŽnís active policy
of environmental protection has made it one of todayís leading
manufacturers in this field. The Marque is underlining its position
as a pioneering carmaker by fitting Hypnos with an all-new diesel
hybrid drivetrain: HYmotion4. This original technology combines
dynamic performance with respect for the environment and low fuel
HYmotion4: innovation for the
The intelligent design
of the Hypnos concept car combines:
ē a 200 bhp (147 kW)
2-litre HDi DPFS diesel engine mated to a six-speed electronic
gearbox system, with torque of 420 Nm;
ē an electric motor located on the rear axle developing 50 bhp
for 200 Nm of torque.
Hypnosí diesel hybrid
technology is designed to respect the environment. This is
particularly true in the city in ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mode Ė
an "extendedĒ, completely silent all-electric mode with a range of
around 3 km at 50 kph Ė and on roads demanding successive
acceleration and deceleration. In this second case, the hybrid
architecture limits consumption by using the two forms of energy
Hypnos is also equipped with high-power Stop & Start technology that
cuts out the engine when the car comes to a halt in urban traffic
jams or at red lights. This system also powers the electric motor
when the vehicle is in 4x4 mode.
The 2-litre HDi DPFS diesel engine is extremely efficient on the
motorway, cutting fuel consumption by 20% compared with a petrol
By controlling fuel consumption and, hence, pollutant emissions,
Hypnos boasts combined cycle consumption levels of 4.5 l/100 km for
CO2 emissions of 120 g/km.
HYmotion4: hot-blooded driving
No sacrifices have been
made in terms of driving pleasure, which remains a key priority for
If the driver keeps a foot on the accelerator pedal, the boost
function kicks in to provide the immediate torque required. This
function combines the torque of the combustion engine with that of
the electric motor to deliver outstanding performance without
increasing fuel consumption. Hypnos accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in
9.4 seconds and takes 31 seconds to travel 1,000 m from a standing
Driving pleasure, rather than
sheer speed, was the goal with Hypnos.
To this end, it was
equipped with the third-generation hydraulic suspension fitted on
CitroŽnís upmarket models. This technology combines the highest
standards in passenger comfort with benchmark road manners.
In situations of low
grip or intense handling, the car switches to four-wheel drive mode,
with the electric motor powering the back wheels and the combustion
engine the front wheels. Four-wheel drive mode brings improved
traction and ensures full use of the potential of Hypnos in all grip
conditions and in complete safety.
difficult driving conditions, such as a snow-covered uphill road,
the driver can select 4x4 mode.