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Citroen unveils CXperience Concept ahead of Paris Motor Show

Where most concept vehicles either hint towards a new model in the works or become ultra-futuristic showings of dreamy technology, the Citroën CXperience Concept rides a line between the two
Where most concept vehicles either hint towards a new model in the works or become ultra-futuristic showings of dreamy technology, the Citroën CXperience Concept rides a line between the two
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Also showcased in the Citroën CXperience is the company’s new ConnectedCAM, a wide-angle camera that first premiered in the new Citroën C3
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Also showcased in the Citroën CXperience is the company’s new ConnectedCAM, a wide-angle camera that first premiered in the new Citroën C3
The rear of the car continues with the arrowhead shapes, de-emphasized bumpers, and the side flaps for aerodynamics
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The rear of the car continues with the arrowhead shapes, de-emphasized bumpers, and the side flaps for aerodynamics
The flat steering wheel with its single spoke is an homage to Citroens of the past
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The flat steering wheel with its single spoke is an homage to Citroens of the past
The full cabin layout can be seen when both doors are open
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The full cabin layout can be seen when both doors are open
The driver's cockpit in the Citroen CXperience Concept has a heads up display that integrates most of the car's instruments
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The driver's cockpit in the Citroen CXperience Concept has a heads up display that integrates most of the car's instruments
Walnut is seen throughout the CXperience's interior as both inlay and cladding with some matching materials used to accent it further
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Walnut is seen throughout the CXperience's interior as both inlay and cladding with some matching materials used to accent it further
A closer look at the CXperience's steering wheel shows its squared design and integrated control buttons
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A closer look at the CXperience's steering wheel shows its squared design and integrated control buttons
The Citroën CXperience Concept sits somewhere between a big sedan and a station wagon
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The Citroën CXperience Concept sits somewhere between a big sedan and a station wagon
This view of the CXperience Concept shows the concave rear glass and hidden rear spoiler
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This view of the CXperience Concept shows the concave rear glass and hidden rear spoiler
Where most concept vehicles either hint towards a new model in the works or become ultra-futuristic showings of dreamy technology, the Citroën CXperience Concept rides a line between the two
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Where most concept vehicles either hint towards a new model in the works or become ultra-futuristic showings of dreamy technology, the Citroën CXperience Concept rides a line between the two
The rear tail lights are similar to the front daytime running lamps in shape and LED form
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The rear tail lights are similar to the front daytime running lamps in shape and LED form
The center console includes an integrated tablet and holder. This tablet can be removed to control various vehicle functions and entertainment options
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The center console includes an integrated tablet and holder. This tablet can be removed to control various vehicle functions and entertainment options
Screens integrated into the door panels of the CXperience display the side mirror view in place of reflective glass
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Screens integrated into the door panels of the CXperience display the side mirror view in place of reflective glass
From the front, the flat-nosed look of the Citroën concept is accented by a lack of grille work and minimized LED lighting to either side
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From the front, the flat-nosed look of the Citroën concept is accented by a lack of grille work and minimized LED lighting to either side
Also obvious to the observant are the distinct lack of side mirrors, which have been replaced by small slivers which jut out from the front doors’ fore
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Also obvious to the observant are the distinct lack of side mirrors, which have been replaced by small slivers which jut out from the front doors’ fore
A 19-inch touchscreen in a 16:3 aspect is the hub for most of the CXperience Concept's infotainment
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A 19-inch touchscreen in a 16:3 aspect is the hub for most of the CXperience Concept's infotainment
On the edge of the lower lights are louver-like panels that adapt to the speed and performance requirements of the car to utilize airflow and aid maneuverability and aerodynamics
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On the edge of the lower lights are louver-like panels that adapt to the speed and performance requirements of the car to utilize airflow and aid maneuverability and aerodynamics
Wood inlay on the rear headrests surrounds the open concept to allow more access to other passengers
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Wood inlay on the rear headrests surrounds the open concept to allow more access to other passengers
Integrated into the headrests of the Citroen CXperience are speakers tuned to create a "cone of sound" for each seat
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Integrated into the headrests of the Citroen CXperience are speakers tuned to create a "cone of sound" for each seat
Broad, cupped seating creates a comfort-themed atmosphere within the CXperience
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Broad, cupped seating creates a comfort-themed atmosphere within the CXperience
The suicide doors on the Citroen CXperience are built with a pillarless design allowing complete interior access
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The suicide doors on the Citroen CXperience are built with a pillarless design allowing complete interior access
Cabin access to the CXperience is broad and plentiful
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Cabin access to the CXperience is broad and plentiful
Tthree-piece lights mimicking the daytime runners' arrowhead are three bar headlamps and turn indicators
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Tthree-piece lights mimicking the daytime runners' arrowhead are three bar headlamps and turn indicators
The usual side mirrors are dispensed with in favor of these small cameras on the Citroen CXperience Concept
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The usual side mirrors are dispensed with in favor of these small cameras on the Citroen CXperience Concept
The rear wheel well is grayed at the rear half, accenting the body louvers there which mirror those at front
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The rear wheel well is grayed at the rear half, accenting the body louvers there which mirror those at front
Powering the CXperience Concept is a real-world plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain
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Powering the CXperience Concept is a real-world plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain
The engine, whose size is not specified, produces up to 200 brake horsepower while an 80 kW (107 hp) motor adds power to that
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The engine, whose size is not specified, produces up to 200 brake horsepower while an 80 kW (107 hp) motor adds power to that
At bumper level, self-adjusting louvers control airflow into the engine compartment
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At bumper level, self-adjusting louvers control airflow into the engine compartment
The Citroen CXperience Concept will be showcased at the Paris Motor Show 
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The Citroen CXperience Concept will be showcased at the Paris Motor Show 

The Paris Motor Show opens its doors in about a month and in the lead up we can expect to see previews of some tantalizing concept cars and new models. One of the first to surface is Citroën's forward-looking CXperience Concept.

Where most concept vehicles either hint towards a new model in the works or become ultra-futuristic showings of dreamy technology, the Citroën CXperience Concept rides a line between the two. From futuristic design elements to a plug-in hybrid powertrain that could underpin any vehicle on the road today, it's part "wow, they could build this tomorrow" and part "that will definitely never make it to production."

In terms of exterior design, the 4.85 meter (15.9 ft) long CXperience Concept sits somewhere between a big sedan and a station wagon, without being either. The profile is marked by short overhangs, a curved hood and a fastback-styled rear, while from the front, the car's flat-nosed look is accented by a lack of grille work and slim LED lighting on either side.

At bumper level, self-adjusting louvers control airflow into the engine compartment
At bumper level, self-adjusting louvers control airflow into the engine compartment

Movable flaps on the front corners are designed to better utilize airflow and aid maneuverability, and at bumper level, self-adjusting louvers control airflow into the engine compartment.

There's also a distinct lack of side mirrors. These have been replaced by small arms housing cameras that project an image to a small screen just inside the door. Hidden around the car are more cameras, creating a 360-degree view for parking.

The rear doors open back towards the rear of the car, out to a full 90-degrees from the bodywork, while the front doors open forward in the same fashion.

Cabin access to the CXperience is broad and plentiful
Cabin access to the CXperience is broad and plentiful

At the rear, the split LED tail lamps subtly mimic the chevrons, similar to the front daytime runners. The flat tail section has a subtle exhaust port set on either corner and a "mobile fin" below the concave rear glass that lifts at speed.

The rear wheel well is grayed at the rear half, accenting the body louvers there which mirror those at front
The rear wheel well is grayed at the rear half, accenting the body louvers there which mirror those at front

Inside, bright yellow fabric inset with light, textured walnut wood dominates. The dash has an upward curve and is split down the center to create a shelf across its width. A large 19-inch touchscreen covers most of the central dash, and a squared-off single spoke steering wheel pays homage to Citroëns past. Above that, on the dash, is a wide heads up display unit onto which most of the vehicle's instruments are projected.

The rear seat is one continuous bench, with the backrests split in two. The headrests house speakers tuned to create an "audio cone" for each passenger. Infotainment is controlled via that 16:3 aspect ratio touchscreen, which is intended to be large enough for all of the Citroën CXperience's occupants to see it easily. A range of connected services are available on the screen, including home and garage controls, as well as data streaming for music and movies.

A 19-inch touchscreen in a 16:3 aspect is the hub for most of the CXperience Concept's infotainment
A 19-inch touchscreen in a 16:3 aspect is the hub for most of the CXperience Concept's infotainment

Also showcased in the Citroën CXperience is the company's new ConnectedCAM, a wide-angle camera that first premiered in the new Citroën C3. Acting as an integrated dash cam, it allows the user to capture video or still photos from near the driver's perspective.

Powering the CXperience Concept is a real-world plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain
Powering the CXperience Concept is a real-world plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain

Powering the CXperience Concept is a real-world plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain. The engine size is not specified, but it's said to produce up to 200 bhp, with an 80 kW (107 hp) motor adding power to that. These combine through a transversely-mounted eight-speed automatic transmission, which powers the rear wheels. A total of 300 bhp is available from the powertrain. In all-electric mode, Citroën says the CXperience has a range of about 37 miles (60 km) on a full charge. Its battery can be charged in 2-½ to 4-½ hours, depending on the charging system used – and in a nice touch the the rear lights act as battery charge indicators.

Citroën has promised to fully unveil the CXperience Concept at the Paris Motor Show, complete with working interior technology. We'll be there to bring you full details.

Citroën presents the CXperience in the video below.

Source: Citroën


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MartinGreen
Citroen always comes up with truly innovative but practical concepts and ideas from time to time. Remember the Diane.