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Citroen’s innovative design for future hybrid vehicle

30 August 2016

Citroën’s new plug-in hybrid brings a fresh approach to the hatchback segment; its CXPERIENCE CONCEPT is inspired by the high-tech world.

Citroën CXPERIENCE CONCEPT (Credit: Citroen)

The CXPERIENCE CONCEPT delivers dynamic performance with a petrol engine developing between 150 and 200hp and up to 80kW of additional energy provided by the electric motor. CXPERIENCE CONCEPT can be driven in all-electric mode in the city (ZEV -Zero Emissions Vehicle) where it has a range of 60km. On the open road, fuel consumption can be limited by using the two forms of energy together in successive acceleration phases. On the motorway, the internal combustion engine takes over to deliver real performance at the wheel, with total power of up to 300hp.

Citroën CXPERIENCE CONCEPT has a 3kW battery that can be charged in 4.5 hours with a standard charging system, or in less than 2.5 hours with an ultra-simple charging solution based on a 6.6kW charger designed for connection to a 32A socket. The attractive, functional signature of this drivetrain can be seen on top of the bonnet in the form of two battery charge indicators extending the line of each DRL.

The eight speed electric automatic gearbox is placed between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor, and a compact battery is positioned under the cabin to deliver electric power to the rear axle. This ensures both passenger space and boot capacity.

This plug-in hybrid vehicle is immediately recognisable with its distinctive style and cleverly designed rear-hinged doors. The bold lines express power, while the generous curves express the car’s own stylistic language.

Image courtesy of Citroen

Inspired by the high-tech world, the new front end, grille and updated signature headlights, create a unique style. The rear end also makes a statement with strongly marked wings and a concave rear window with a fin for improved aerodynamics.

To contrast the pearlescent sea green exterior colour the premium materials inside the car are a citrus yellow shade to create a fresh and assured ambience. The seats are upholstered in a padded-effect yellow mesh fabric and the backrests feature an elegant shade of walnut wood.

An easy to use infotainment system allows passengers to control a range of functions. A smartphone and mobile tablet can also be used to activate a range of controls including starting the car and sharing media files with other passengers. CXPERIENCE CONCEPT also features the ConnectedCAM Citroën premiered as a world first on Citroën’s New C3. All technology will be available for testing at the Paris Motor Show.

The CXPERIENCE CONCEPT is the latest demonstration of the Citroën Advanced Comfort program, designed for the comfort and well-being of all passengers. Supporting the styling and technological development of new brand models, the program reflects changing customer expectations and is considered at every stage in the design process.

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