(from Citroen Press
Release) REVOLTE: Luxury, ecology and a touch of cheek!
CitroŽn is once more proving its credentials as a bold
forward-looking brand with the concept car REVOLTE, an ultra-chic
city car combining luxury with a touch of cheek.
A compact city car, REVOLTE sidesteps the difficulties of dense
urban traffic with a totally new approach to small car design. This
bold, chic car opts for luxury with a touch of cheek, technology and
glamour, power and verve.
With its iridescent,
glossy colours, silky smooth textiles, and subtle, sophisticated
materials, REVOLTE places passengers in a feminine, cosmetic
setting, of bold and elegant design.
Spirited and lively, REVOLTE also has an eye on the future with its
rechargeable hybrid drivetrain. This ecologically sound technology
makes maximum use of electric mode and also contributes to the
concept carís agility.
Gloom, conformism and
dullness are just not in REVOLTEís vocabulary. Its personality and
qualities lend colour to the city and to the world of luxury.
More broadly, REVOLTE reflects a concern with topical issues.
Increasing urbanisation, new means of communication and the growing
variety of mobility solutions show that we can expect the use of
small cars to develop considerably. Mirroring changing social trends
and lifestyles, small cars are taking on a new status and expanding
their scope of action. Whether as economical cars, second cars,
liaison vehicles or fashion accessories, small cars are
attention-pullers that dare to be different. They offer particularly
fertile ground for progress in automotive technology.
CitroŽn has long been a
key player in the segment of small cars and has made them a
preferred medium of expression. The latest events at the Marque are
once more turning the spotlight on the small-car segment, with the
launches of the new C3 and DS3.
REVOLTE, superbly transgressive,
With its forceful lines
and compact dimensions, REVOLTE could simply content itself with
being a conventional small urban vehicle. Living up to its name,
however, REVOLTE has set its sights higher. This concept car takes a
highly contemporary approach. It shares some of the characteristics
of executive vehicles but, at the same time, it transgresses the
codes of the luxury world as we know them to include references that
are far removed from those usually associated with cars.
Far more than just a small, functional vehicle, REVOLTE is a
high-spirited performer. Its character is illustrated by its size
(3.68 m long, 1.73 m wide and 1.35 m tall), and also by its bodywork
which shuns the strict, austere codes of conventional luxury to
drape itself in an intense and radiant shade of violent.
A low-set vehicle
sitting squarely on its four wheels, REVOLTE makes light work of
urban driving. An impression confirmed by its proportions.
With its strongly marked
wheel arches, curving bonnet, and sculpted sides matching the line
of the roof, REVOLTE is sleekly muscled and ready to pounce.
The rear-hinged doors provide easy access to the cabin, revealing a
multicoloured interior that resembles a box of make-up. This unusual
idea of associating bright colours with luxury styling reflects
CitroŽnís bold creativity. Like the Hypnos concept car before it,
REVOLTE reflects efforts to modernise the traditional notions of
The main materials
featured in the cabin are: woven black leather, thick crimson velvet
and gleaming aluminium. Out go conventional materials such as wood,
and conventional colours. The onboard ambience of REVOLTE aims for a
bold but luxurious feel.
REVOLTE also dares a three-seater cabin design, designed to resemble
a lounge with seats similar to those found in home furnishings.
The passenger area
includes a meridian sofa of contemporary design whose flowing lines
cover the entire rear area of REVOLTE as well as the space usually
reserved for the front passenger. The passenger sitting in this last
space can stretch out his or her legs and enjoy the sensations
offered by the cosy, luxurious ambience.
It is also possible to
install a rearward-facing childseat.
REVOLTE thus boasts an
architecture never before seen on this type of vehicle, with
original and distinctive forms.
REVOLTE: intelligent technology in
REVOLTEís approach to
innovation reflects its standpoint on luxury. The two are clearly
indissociable. It is difficult to see whether the luxury of the
vehicle inspired its high-tech content or if the technology is a
medium for the luxurious design. REVOLTE immediately subjugates
onlookers. Inside, technology and luxury form an ideal match, as
illustrated by the following:
- the tactile screen
of REVOLTE is encased in a crystal beam. The superbly crafted
deep red crystals literally project the tactile screen into the
cabin for an eloquent and original effect. This is not their
only function, since they also serve to recycle air on board
REVOLTE, like a respiratory system;
- chic and elegant, the rear bench of REVOLTE is not only a
brilliant demonstration of style. It also houses the concept
carís electric batteries. This clever stowage solution improves
the look of the cabin as a whole;
- on the outside, the bonnet of the car is covered in
photovoltaic cells carrying out the electric functions linked to
onboard comfort, including when the vehicle is stationary. This
makes it unnecessary to use the resources of the electric
- at the front of REVOLTE, the observerís eye is drawn to a
curved glass shape underlining the generous lines of the grille.
The backlit translucent bottom of the glass brings out the
chevrons to original effect, subtly identifying the concept car
as a CitroŽn vehicle.
The powertrain of REVOLTE also shares the concept car
philosophy, in terms of technology, sophistication and ecology.
REVOLTE, a modern activist
The powertrain of
REVOLTE shatters the view traditionally associating ďsmallĒ with
ďbasicĒ. The contemporary, sophisticated character of REVOLTE is
also reflected in its powertrain, which has the future clearly in
Striking a distinctive note in the automotive industryís ongoing
quest for ďall-electricĒ solutions, REVOLTE features a solution that
is both exciting and credible: a rechargeable hybrid drivetrain.
The characteristics and features of the drivetrain are as follows:
- a small-capacity conventional combustion engine combined with an
electric motor, both able to drive the wheels;
- the ability to run in all-electric ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle)
mode, i.e. without emissions;
- a battery recharging function that supplies the electric motor.
This rechargeable hybrid drivetrain places the emphasis on
ďall-electricĒ running. As well as producing no CO2 emissions, this
mode delivers a quiet ride with a high level of driving comfort.
Even with this drive system, REVOLTE is not about to give in to
boredom and indolence. Although we need not go into detail about its
high top speed, this concept car is a lively performer with strong
acceleration. REVOLTE respects the ecological constraints of urban
driving in every way while also delivering an agile and spirited
REVOLTE turns conventions on their
CitroŽn decided to take
a bold approach to revolutionising the conventional image of small
cars. The modern character of REVOLTE is therefore expressed through
provocative styling inspired by one of its most illustrious
ancestors: the 2CV. What car better embodies the small vehicle
concept than that motoring icon, the 2CV?
Adopting a heretic
stance, REVOLTE reviews all the codes of the 2CV, systematically
transforming all the values that made the 2CV the myth it remains
- the 2CV was plain
and neutral, REVOLTE is luxurious and colourful;
- the 2CV was basic and simple, REVOLTE is intelligent and
- the 2CV was slow and bouncy, REVOLTE is lively and spirited.
In this way, REVOLTE
expresses the creativity and dynamic vitality of CitroŽn, a brand in
touch with its past but continuously in search of progress.
CitroŽn is currently
celebrating 90 years of automotive success, technology and
innovation that will serve as sources of study and inspiration for
the decades to come.