2010 Citroen Metropolis Concept
(from Citroen Press Release) CITROËN METROPOLIS, A CONCEPT CAR FOR CHINA
Citroën is today revealing the style lines of Metropolis, a new concept car that pays homage to China’s extraordinary development. Metropolis will be on show at the French pavilion at the Shanghai World’s Fair from 1 May to 31 October 2010.
A sleek limousine with harmonious lines, Metropolis is a reference to the grandeur, avant-gardism and vitality of the country’s great megalopolises with their undeniable magnetic attraction. To better address the local needs in this full-growth market, the concept car was designed 100% by Citroën’s international design team based in Shanghai since 2008.
A true artistic creation, Metropolis resituates the codes of luxury and attraction in the Marque’s universe of Créative Technologie. Citroën’s history is studded with high-end vehicles that have made their mark on automotive progress over the last 90 years. World’s Fair visitors will thus be treated to an “automotive work of art”, one that fits in perfectly with the “Sensual City” theme of the French pavilion. Metropolis is the result of the highest creative standards and technological smarts, evidenced in the Hydractive suspension system and plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
The Shanghai World Fair is an opportunity for the brand to reassert its international character and show once again, after 20 years in China, the importance it gives to the needs and expectations of this market. China has become the world’s largest automotive market and Citroën’s second biggest market. The Marque enjoyed a record year in the country in 2009, with deliveries up by more than 57%
Metropolis, the ultimate in luxury
With its three-volume
body styling – essential in the Chinese market – Metropolis
expresses a vision of creative and sophisticated luxury through its
imposing stature (5.30 m long, 2 m wide and 1.40 m high), which also
serves to reflect the ambition and scale of the country to which it
Extending far back along the body, the chromed detailing on the upper part of the side windows serves to stretch the cabin lengthwise while safeguarding the intimacy of the rear passengers. The “origami” quarter-light appears to float in the air and, in a nod to the DS, also houses a light source.
The front end of Metropolis clearly expresses the store of power lurking behind the consummately wrought kiteshaped grille. The streamlined headlamps on either side have an imperious and steely regard, lending the whole a natural air of authority.
At the back, Metropolis artfully balances width and stability while boasting a taut and aerodynamic shape. The flowing lines are enhanced by the concave rear window combined with the shape of the boot, which features an active spoiler. The innovative “slatted boomerang” lights composed of layered segments add the crowning touch to the rear of the vehicle.
The interior design is inspired by fans and Chinese string instruments like the gu-zheng. In China, these are the attributes of a cultivated and refined person. The cabin is made up of superposed strata, creating a setting in which luxury is expressed in a new, “orientalised” approach. Luxury onboard the concept car is of the expressive kind.
Metropolis combines grandeur, stability and refinement with creativity, technology and quality. These words accurately express a blend of Chinese and French sensibilities. And Citroën’s new concept car is an expression of China’s ambition.
Metropolis and avant-garde technology
Metropolis balances urban responsibility and driving pleasure with its plug-in hybrid drivetrain. And to get the most out of these on-road capabilities, it is also fitted with Hydractive suspension – a Citroën hallmark that meets expectations on ride comfort worldwide, and in China in particular. This system maintains a constant vehicle attitude for better aerodynamics and, hence, fewer CO2 emissions.
With its plug-in hybrid drivetrain, Metropolis can run in several modes:
• during acceleration
for extra power (“overboost” function), with the car developing
maximum power of 460 bhp (345 kW) and 430 Nm of torque.
This was achieved through: