Citroen Goes To Extremes In Frankfurt

Citroen C-Airlounge Concept Car


Citroen is going to extremes at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show (11-21 September), unveiling a large, spacious and adventurous concept car – the C-Airlounge – as well as giving its new small car, the exciting and innovative three-door C2, and its rallying sibling the C2 Super 1600, their first public outings.

Taking centre stage on the Citroen stand, the C-Airlounge concept introduces a stylish approach to grand touring, with a striking look that incorporates an imposing V-shaped bonnet, chrome strips that run along the waistline of the 4.88m body and swivelling headlamps. Thanks to its aerodynamic design, and with particular attention paid to air-flow, with specially designed wheel rims and ‘Blade Vortex Generators’ at the rear, the C-Airlounge has a drag coefficient of just 0.26.

Powered by a 210hp 3.0i V6 engine, the C-Airlounge also benefits from Citroen’s ultra-comfortable Hydractive 3 suspension. Additionally, this technologically advanced concept features a fixed hub steering wheel, incorporating controls for the electric parking brake and hands-free phone, as well as a multimedia centre in the central console and two notepad-size PCs under the rear side armrests.

The modern styling reveals a cabin covered in white leather and silk, whilst the pillarless side window design and enormous glass sunroof flood the interior with light. For added ambience, an intriguing lighting system uses fibre optics and video-projectors to bathe the interior in a range of mood-setting lighting, from ‘Intense’ red to ‘Convivial’ candlelight. The highly practical, power-assisted seating arrangement can accommodate five or, with the middle seat retracted under the floor to give more space, four occupants, while the large boot holds up to 650 litres of luggage.

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Published 17 September 2003 Melanie Carter

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