2003 Citroën C-Airlounge Concept
Taking centre stage on the Citroen stand, the C-Airlounge concept introduces a stylish approach to grand touring, with a striking look that incorporates an imposing V-shaped bonnet, chrome strips that run along the waistline of the 4.88m body and swivelling headlamps. Thanks to its aerodynamic design, and with particular attention paid to air-flow, with specially designed wheel rims and Blade Vortex Generators at the rear, the C-Airlounge has a drag coefficient of just 0.26.
Powered by a 210hp 3.0i V6 engine, the C-Airlounge also benefits from Citroen’s ultra-comfortable Hydractive 3 suspension. Additionally, this technologically advanced concept features a fixed hub steering wheel, incorporating controls for the electric parking brake and hands-free phone, as well as a multimedia centre in the central console and two notepad-size PCs under the rear side armrests.
The modern styling reveals a cabin covered in white leather and silk, whilst the pillarless side window design and enormous glass sunroof flood the interior with light. For added ambience, an intriguing lighting system uses fibre optics and video-projectors to bathe the interior in a range of mood-setting lighting, from Intense red to Convivial candlelight. The highly practical, power-assisted seating arrangement can accommodate five or, with the middle seat retracted under the floor to give more space, four occupants, while the large boot holds up to 650 litres of luggage.
Thanks to its drive-by-wire design, gone are the traditional pedals and gearlever to be replaced by a fixed central hub and steering wheel mounted controls. And ensuring top-class handling, the technically advanced C-Airdream features variable-ratio electric steering and a vehicle dynamics controller.
Story by Citroen
|displacement||3000 cc / 183.1 in³|
|power||156.6 kw / 210 bhp|
|specific output||70.0 bhp per litre|
|f brake size||mm / in|
|r brake size||mm / in|