Citroen reveals luxury new Metropolis Concept
CitroŽn has revealed the spectacular new Metropolis - a sleek and muscular concept car that pays homage to Chinaís extraordinary development. Created by CitroŽnís international design team - based in Shanghai since 2008 - Metropolis will be on show in the French Pavilion at the Shanghai World Fair from 1st May to 31st October, 2010.
Reflecting Chinaís avant-garde status, grandeur and vitality, the sleek limousine concept immerses itself in ĎCrťative Technologieí, balancing environmental responsibility with luxurious comfort and driving pleasure. Incorporating a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and Hydractive suspension, Metropolis produces CO2 emissions of just 70g/km - approximately one fifth that of a conventional engine with equivalent performance.
Metropolisí distinctive silhouette is a vision of creative and sophisticated luxury with an imposing stature (5.3m long, 2m wide & 1.4m high), reflecting the dynamism and ambition of China in the 21st Century. Powerful and engaging, Metropolisí subtle ĎPearl Silkí body colour changes under different light conditions, revealing the modelís generous curves and ultra-honed detailing.
Metropolis blends taut lines with smooth surfaces, evidenced particularly at the front where the sculpted, incisive wings and kite-shaped grille merge with the harmonious contours of the bonnet. The streamlined headlamps have an imperious and steely look, giving Metropolis a natural air of authority.
At the rear, Metropolis carefully balances width and stability with flowing aerodynamic lines - incorporating an active spoiler - and signature CitroŽn design flourishes, such as a concave rear window. Chrome touches around the side windows visually elongate the cabin, while Ďorigamií quarter-lights appear to float in the air - and also house a light source.
Metropolisí powerful hybrid drivetrain utilises an optimised 2-litre V6 petrol engine and a 7-speed, dual-clutch electronic gearbox. At low speeds, Metropolis runs in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mode, with its electric motor developing a continuous 55bhp (40kW), peaking at 95bhp (70kW). At steady speeds on main roads and motorways, the petrol powerplant efficiently provides 272bhp (200kW) and 375Nm of torque. When additional performance is required, such as during overtaking, the car uses both the electric motor and the combustion engine to deliver a maximum power output of 460bhp (345kW) and 430Nm of torque - equivalent to a 4-litre V8 petrol engine. Thereís also a four-wheel drive mode for when extra grip is needed.
Delivering a smooth and cosseting ride experience, Metropolis is specified with CitroŽnís renowned Hydractive suspension, which dampens even the roughest of road surfaces and improves the carís aerodynamic performance - further helping to reduce CO2 emissions.
Chinais the worldís largest automotive market and CitroŽnís second largest outsideEurope - having been established there for 20 years. The Shanghai World Fair is the perfect opportunity for the brand to reassert its international character and to show, once again, the importance it places on the needs and expectations of this rapidly developing market. With Metropolis, CitroŽn demonstrates that a blend of Chinese and French sensibilities can create a beautiful vision for the future.