Citroen has chosen this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show (12-25 September) to show off a trio of new models. The awesome-looking C-SportLounge concept car stars alongside the eagerly awaited flagship Citroen C6, whilst an updated version of the C3 supermini is being introduced to the world.
Capturing the true essence of a Grand Tourer for the twenty-first century, the Citroen C-SportLounge beautifully combines powerful, sleek lines along with 2+2 comfort and refinement.
Over 4.5m long, the C-SportLounge’s flowing lines, flared wheel arches housing 20" alloys, imposing front end design and distinctive use of chrome detailing, all combine to communicate power and elegance. Power can be provided by either petrol or diesel engines, delivering up to 200bhp, and is translated via a paddle-shift six-speed gearbox.
Thanks to its eye-catching design and incorporation of advanced technological features, the C-SportLounge is remarkably aerodynamic, with an ultra-low drag coefficient of just 0.26. The various features include a three-point reverse mobile aerofoil, an electro-mechanical system that creates a virtual aerofoil, air ducts on both sides of the front bumper and a smooth underbelly.
Inside the sculpted body, the driver sits in an aviation-inspired, one-piece ‘cockpit’, equipped with several easy-to-read translucent yellow displays. The ‘pilot’ only has to reach for the roof-mounted start button to breath life into this latest concept, while on-board touch screens in the front doors give access to numerous functions such as the telecommunication, navigation and multimedia systems.
The use of high quality materials, as exemplified by the padded, bronze-coloured leather upholstery, contributes to the luxurious ambiance of the interior, where the large windscreen and four-part sunroof ensure a light and airy feel. LED lighting in the armrests further enhances the refined feel of the cabin, while the C-SportLounge’s reverse opening doors provide easy access to the rear seats.