Among all of the exciting cars on the floor at the Paris Motor Show, some of the best came from French manufacturers making the most of their home-ground advantage. Citroën used its stand to display a luxurious concept of what its future flagship could look like. Safe to say, the future looks bright.
The Divine DS is low, at just 1.35 meters tall, while detail in the bodywork is highlighted by the show car’s metallic grey paint. Up front, the grille is made up of diamond-shaped chrome elements, which vary in brightness and size in an effect that highlights the large DS badge in its center.
Laser headlamps, which use two laser diodes on each side, have Swarovski crystals in their base to give extra visual sparkle to the DS’ design, as well as complementing the diamond grille. The laser units work in tandem with more conventional LEDs above 60 km/h (37 mph), after which a front-mounted camera controls the beam so as not to dazzle oncoming drivers.
Citroën has tried to give the concept’s roof a “reptilian” look, using different materials and textures to make "scales" that also result in some funky interior lighting effects.
The interior is designed to allow owners to choose one of three trims that include elements from number of fashion labels – from Lesage embroidery to Swarovski crystals. Adding to the luxurious feel, the center console features a "white gold" finish and houses toggle switches adorned with gemstones.
The car’s instrument binnacle is replaced by a heads-up display above the steering wheel, while supplementary info would be displayed by a holographic readout, with the ability to display navigation instructions in 3D.
For such a high-tech concept, the Divine DS uses a surprisingly conventional powertrain. Power comes from a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine, producing 270 hp (199 kW) and 330 Nm of torque, which is available between 1900 and 5500 rpm. The engine meets Euro 6 emissions regulations, with a CO2 emissions figure of just 145 g/km.