Citroen’s brief to its designers couldn’t have been clearer. Build a technically advanced 2+2 coupe that combines stunning sports styling with a light, bright and spacious interior. Enter the Citroen C-Airdream.
Long, sleek and aerodynamic, the C-Airdream boasts fluid lines which start with the smooth bonnet and steeply raked windscreen before blending, unbroken, into the glazed tapering roofline that drops dramatically away at the rear of the vehicle.
The vast panoramic glazed roof allows light to flood into the passenger area where the satin feel of the seats and mix of leather trim combine to create a comfortable, sensuous and relaxed atmosphere. Both rear seats can be folded, making the vehicle more versatile by offering additional luggage space.
Under its stylish lines, the C-Airdream is also brimming with technology. It features drive-by-wire design, highlighted by the absence of pedals and gear lever which are replaced by steering wheel-mounted controls for the accelerator, brake and gearchange functions. In addition, a centrally-located navigation and information screen is controlled using a ‘mouse’ at the end of a broad central armrest.
The use of advanced electronic control systems is further highlighted by variable-ratio electric steering, which offers pin-sharp handling, and an electronically controlled braking system. A vehicle dynamics controller offers continuous control of the various electrical components affecting the vehicle dynamics.
For precision handling and ride comfort the Citroen C-Airdream concept car is equipped with the Company’s acclaimed Hydractive 3 suspension system, while power is provided by a 3.0i V6 engine which is capable of developing 210hp and is mated to a sequential auto-adaptive automatic gearbox.Published 4 September 2002