CitroŽn is today revealing the style lines of
Metropolis, a new concept car that pays homage to China’s extraordinary
development. Metropolis will be on show at the French pavilion at the
Shanghai World’s Fair from 1 May to 31 October 2010.
A sleek limousine with harmonious lines, Metropolis is
a reference to the grandeur, avant-gardism and vitality of the
country’s great megalopolises with their undeniable magnetic
attraction. To better address the local needs in this full-growth
market, the concept car was designed 100% by CitroŽn’s international
design team based in Shanghai since 2008.
A true artistic creation, Metropolis resituates the
codes of luxury and attraction in the Marque’s universe of Crťative
Technologie. CitroŽn’s history is studded with high-end vehicles that
have made their mark on automotive progress over the last 90 years.
World’s Fair visitors will thus be treated to an “automotive work of
art”, one that fits in perfectly with the “Sensual City” theme of the
French pavilion. Metropolis is the result of the highest creative
standards and technological smarts, evidenced in the Hydractive
suspension system and plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
The Shanghai World Fair is an opportunity for the brand
to reassert its international character and show once again, after 20
years in China, the importance it gives to the needs and expectations
of this market. China has become the world’s largest automotive market
and CitroŽn’s second biggest market. The Marque enjoyed a record year
in the country in 2009, with deliveries up by more than 57%.
Metropolis, the ultimate in luxury
With its three-volume body styling – essential in the
Chinese market – Metropolis expresses a vision of creative and
sophisticated luxury through its imposing stature (5.30 m long, 2 m
wide and 1.40 m high), which also serves to reflect the ambition and
scale of the country to which it pays homage.
The spectacular and muscular body styling is draped in
a flowing robe in a subtle “Pearl Silk” hue, the intensity of which
changes according to the light to reveal generous curves and
ultra-honed detailing. Like a “Chinese vestal” such as Xian Nu, the
styling language of Metropolis blends smooth surfaces, taut lines and
sensual curves, together with special touches like the beautifully
shaped front wing that emphasises the powerful, tapering silhouette.
Extending far back along the body, the chromed
detailing on the upper part of the side windows serves to stretch the
cabin lengthwise while safeguarding the intimacy of the rear
passengers. The “origami” quarter-light appears to float in the air
and, in a nod to the DS, also houses a light source.
The front end of Metropolis clearly expresses the store
of power lurking behind the consummately wrought kite- shaped grille.
The streamlined headlamps on either side have an imperious and steely
regard, lending the whole a natural air of authority.
At the back, Metropolis artfully balances width and
stability while boasting a taut and aerodynamic shape. The flowing
lines are enhanced by the concave rear window combined with the shape
of the boot, which features an active spoiler. The innovative “slatted
boomerang” lights composed of layered segments add the crowning touch
to the rear of the vehicle.
The interior design is inspired by fans and Chinese
string instruments like the gu-zheng. In China, these are the
attributes of a cultivated and refined person. The cabin is made up of
superposed strata, creating a setting in which luxury is expressed in a
new, “orientalised” approach. Luxury onboard the concept car is of the
Metropolis combines grandeur, stability and refinement
with creativity, technology and quality. These words accurately express
a blend of Chinese and French sensibilities. And CitroŽn’s new concept
car is an expression of China’s ambition.
Metropolis and avant-garde technology
Metropolis balances urban responsibility and driving pleasure with its
plug-in hybrid drivetrain. And to get the most out of these on-road
capabilities, it is also fitted with Hydractive suspension – a CitroŽn
hallmark that meets expectations on ride comfort worldwide, and in
China in particular. This system maintains a constant vehicle attitude
for better aerodynamics and, hence, fewer CO2 emissions.
With its plug-in hybrid drivetrain, Metropolis can run in several modes:
electric: at start-up, in town at low speeds and when decelerating,
with an electric motor developing a continuous 55 bhp (40 kW) and
peaking at 95 bhp (70 kW);
- in thermal combustion mode: at steady speeds on
roads and motorways when the engine achieves maximum efficiency, with a
V6 2-litre petrol engine developing a continuous 272 bhp (200 kW) and
- with the two engines combined:
acceleration for extra power (“overboost” function), with the car
developing maximum power of 460 bhp (345 kW) and 430 Nm of torque.
- in four-wheel drive mode for extra grip when needed.
drivetrain combines driving pleasure, with impressive on-road
performance, and environmental respect, with a considerable reduction
of emissions. At 70 g/km, CO2 emissions are just one fifth those of a
conventional drivetrain with equivalent performance (4-litre V8 engine).
This was achieved through:
- optimisation of the petrol engine
- a 7-speed, dual-clutch electronic gearbox
- hybrid drivertrain operating strategies that work to continuously reduce CO2 emissions