According to Citroen, it’s time that travel became meangingful again and the French auto manufacturer intends to do just this with its new Tubik concept, a modern take on the MPV. Citroen describes the Tubik as “a high-tech executive shuttle based on one key idea: travel should be fun”. The futuristic nine- seater people mover draws inspiration from the Type H or TUB (French slang for a front-wheel drive commercial vehicle) van from Citroen’s auto history.
The interior showcases seats covered in purple leather and felt that can swivel and be re-positioned to create a lounge and/or sleeping area. The passenger area also comes fitted with an HD TV screen and surround sound. Although there is plenty of lighting, there is a significant lack of windows in the passenger area, which for some may not be ideal. The driver’s seat resembles that of a circular pod almost completely separated from the rest of the vehicle. The quirky design extends to the passenger door which opens much like the door of a private jet where the top half lifts up while the bottom half drops to form a step.
The Tubik is powered by PSA’s new Hybrid4 system with a 160bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine up front and the battery/electric motor gubbins generating another 37bhp out the back. All four of the 22 inch wheels can be driven in 4wd mode.
The Tubik concept is set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
I’m one of those people who’s always liked the French. Their lack of sentimentality, and hence lack of diplomacy has always rubbed me up the right way. I was on the Paris Metro once and being a bit lost, was waiting in line at an info kiosk to ask for some assistance. In front of me was an American Family. The American Family. The American Family with fanny packs and fat where other people from other nations don’t have fat.
Citroen has released the first pictures of the 2011 Citroen C4 Picasso and the three-row seven-seat Grand C4 Picasso. Both the updated models will be unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
The Citroen DS High Rider was present at the Geneva Auto Show last month but what was on the inside of the car wasn’t its final interior layout. It is now that the moniker has revealed the very fist mages of the interior which the commuter will finally arrive with. Even now, High Rider’s rear portion remains a mystery while on the inside it gets a bi-color dark brown and gold leather scheme along with the white cross stitching that covers the seat and the dash. The entire interior trim has been finished in Chrome while the door inserts get the Midas touch. The concept is just a preview of the upcoming Citroën DS4 which will likely be available by the beginning of 2011.
Citroen is ready to reveal its upmarket models the DS4 and the DS5 this year and the news is that Citroen DS4 will eventually be unveiled as a concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Citroen has revealed teaser images of the C4 based model with headlights inspired by the C-Sportlounge Concept. The teaser image chooses a black honeycomb backdrop wherein the chrome detailing is pretty evident. The bumper and the grille have been combined to impart a typical DS lineup characteristic to the DS4 Concept. Although Citroen has not confirmed anything, speculation is ripe that the production version of this car will follow the release schedule of the DS3 with a Paris debut followed by an instant market launch.
The next generation Citroen C4 prototype was spied testing in cold weather conditions and sadly the heavy camouflage reveals nothing more than some front fascia integrations. Slated for a debut at the Paris Auto Show in September this year, the 2011 model is similar in design to the new Citroen C3.
The front grille, the sharp windshield and the roofline are what make the latest C3 and this prototype look pretty similar. It is being told that the Citroen DS4 will also borrow the shape from this entry level family car in the future. The 2011 Citroen C4 is expected to hit the market with new engine options and those options may probably include a hybrid variant. Whether it will be petrol electric or diesel electric is anyone’s guess and the experts also speculate a three-cylinder engine for the C4. [via WCF]
The green minded have another reason to smile as the French from Citroen have announced that their C-Zero electric vehicle concept will actually see daylight by the end of 2010. Powered by a permanent magnet synchronous motor that outputs 64 bhp and 180Nm of torque, the C-Zero also gets a 16kWh energy boost from a 330-volt lithium-ion battery. All these help it reach 100km/h in 15 seconds and give the car a 130 km range — enough for your daily commuting.
The new Citroen C-Zero EV only takes 6 hours to fully charge at 220V and only 30 minutes on a 400V plug if you can settle with only 80-percent. Fitted with ABS, electric windows, air conditioning, ESP and six airbags, the new C-Zero is expected to hit the road by the end of 2010. [via WCF]
Don’t expect a blue light and a middle aged detective to step out of this animal. Citroen is about to rock its roots. The new DS3 with built in Bluetooth and GPS is fit for the now generation. Packed into a sleek package, the DS3 looks like a German/Italian super model. The DS3 exudes French elegance, sophistication and performance artfully blended in a world class auto. Tailored upholstery and state of the art dash put the driver in a cockpit, ready to fly. And fly you will with your choice of gasoline or diesel fuel generating 91 to 152 horse power.