THE XANAE WAS WITHOUT A DOUBT
THE STAR OF THE 1994 PARIS MOTOR SHOW. CITROňN’S FULLY OPERATIONAL
CONCEPT CAR STOLE THE SHOW AS JOURNALISTS AND VISITORS ALIKE FLOCKED TO
WITNESS ITS INNOVATIVE STYLE.
THE XANAE OPENS THE WAY TO
THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY AND EXPLORES NEW CONCEPTS WHICH ARE LIKELY TO
BECOME STANDARD FEATURES IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
During the entire ten days of the motorshow, the Xanae
forum at the CitroŽn stand was a beehive of activity. Admirers came in
droves to sit on the steps of the forum, admire the Xanae and daydream.
The Xanae was displayed on a rotating platform and highlighted by a
light show, which showed off its special pearlescent paint and
underscored its comfortable and user-friendly style. The car definitely
accomplished its mission: to provide a forum for discussion with users
in order to build a better car for tomorrow.
When Citroen opens the lines of communication
The Xanae owes its existence to the studies performed by
the Automotive Research & Technology Department and the Marketing
Plan and Programmes Division and to the imagination of the stylists at
CitroŽn’s Creative Design Centre.It is a concrete and realistic proposition.
"We were looking for a
new type of compact car, a short vehicle that would offer comfortable
seating for five people. We wanted something new – something between a
traditional car and a people-carrier. On the one hand, you have people
carriers which are comfortable but nevertheless reminiscent of utility
vehicles. On the other, you have conventional cars which are definitely
more stylish but somewhat less comfortable and roomy. And yet,
car users want comfort and style. So, we wanted to create
something that was totally new: a cross between a saloon and a people
carrier." explains Constant Violini, Future Products manager at the Marketing Plan Programmes division.
A team of thirty specialists in a variety of fields,
i.e. marketing, interior and exterior design, equipment, electrical
systems and electronics, worked together under the authority of Luc
Epron for six months to make the Xanae a fully operational vehicle.
Says Violini: “For our car to be credible and taken seriously, it bad
to be made of steel and offer the same levelof finish as a production
car. And obviously, it had to run. This was imperative if
we were to sustain a dialogue with the user.
An original concept
So, the Xanae is a realistic car. It offers maximum
comfort and global safety packed into a compact frame (4.20 metres
long). It also has a strong personality, expressed through fun styling
that breaks with recent bio-design trends, a personality that reminds
you of an old and much-loved friend. Most importantly, however, the
Xanae's exterior has been designed to improve driving pleasure while,
at the same time, being firmly innovative. For this reason, the Xanae
has large windows. Generously proportioned, the windscreen sweeps up
into the roof to form an arc, thereby increasing the amount of light
entering the cabin of the vehicle. The interior concept and exterior
styling meet in the side doors, which open fore-and-aft with no central
pillar on the right-hand side offering easy access.
The front end of the Xanae contains the originally
shaped headlamp units equipped with discharge bulbs and optical fibre
The front wings of the vehicle are designed to angle
inwards towards the centre of the body, creating harmonious curves and
giving the Xanae a feel of robustness as well as emphasizing its
The front section of the bonnet is strongly and
distinctively contoured. And to emphasise the new silhouette and shape,
the Xanae has been painted with a special pearlescent paint. Thus, the
Xanae brings together a host of innovations in terms of styling,
roadholding, user-friendliness, ease of use, global safety and comfort.
Comfort above all
The Xanae is ideally sized. With an overall length of
4.20m, the Xanae is mid-way between the ZX and the Xantia while in
terms of height (1.55m), it is between the Xantia and the Evasion. In
terms of length, it is equivalent to the XM. The designers at the
CitroŽn Creative Design Centre used these data to create the car’s
interior with a single aim: to give occupants optimum comfort and
space. Visitors to the Paris Motor Show were able to see for themselves
that that goal has been met.
The dashboard frees up a lot of cabin space and is truly
user-friendly. The control panel can be raised and lowered along with
the steering column and the instrument cluster is located to the right
of the steering wheel. Information essential for driving is displayed
at the base of the windscreen, making it easier to read quickly. The
two LCD data screens display vehicle speed, radio stations and
frequencies, and telephone numbers in carphone mode. Data selection and
entry facilities are also included. Naturally, the Xanae is equipped
with an in-car entertainment system complete with CD player and
The interior space has been designed to make the car
comfortable for family use. The result is a highly modular layout. The
rear seat curves around inside the cabin, allowing the three rear
passengers to enjoy the same comfort as they would in their own living
room. The cabin is also highly versatile, with removable central and
right seats. Moreover, the front seats swivel in order to make the car
even more cosy and user-friendly. To make this comfort and versatility
possible, the gearchange lever of the Xanae is located on the steering
wheel in order to free the space between the front seats and make full
use of the possibilities offered by the swivelling seats.
The all-embracing feeling of comfort is further emphasised by the choice of materials and trim.