Monday, September 11, 2006

Citroen C-Matisse - Hybrid French Wonder

On the outside, concept embodied modern idea of 4-door coupe. The most original part in the design concept - doors, disguised in tracing the body. They are not just opening up, but to the side. French concept car has low wide body made from carbon. This allowed to save weight - along with batteries, it is only 1400 kilograms. The level of aerodynamic resistance is Cx 0,30.

Citroen C-Matisse - Hybrid French

Citroen C-Matisse - Hybrid French

Citroen C-Matisse - Hybrid French

Citroen C-Matisse - Hybrid French

The length of concept car is 474 centimeters, width - 2 meters, height - 124 centimeters. Four door coupe has an impressive axle base of three meters, which guarantees a high level of comfort to passengers. Also installed is the famous Citroen hydraulic suspension.

Driver's seat reminds airplane cockpit. Steering wheel, on a new concept has fixed hub, with its rotations followed by active headlights.

You can switch gear without removing the hands from the steering wheel - thanks to special keys. Another concept feature - individual climate control for all four seats in the cabin.

C-Metisse is interesting not only because of unique design. Its "heart" is a hybrid diesel-electric plant, which drives all four wheels. Front wheels driven by 204 hp diesel engine, and rear - by 40 hp electric motors.

Power managed by 6-speed automatic gearbox. During the braking concept car kinetic energy is converted into electrical, which charges batteries.

Citroen C-Metisse engineers have created balanced chassis. To achieve this, electric motors are located in the rear area, and batteries in center of the platform. Concept car designers thought not only about environment - the car has good dynamics. According to a Citroen press release: "as the driver floors the gas pedal - the car will give as much torque, as required."

Acceleration to 100 kilometres per hour - 6.2 seconds and its top speed is 250 kilometers per hour. The average fuel consumption - a total of 6.5 liters per 100 kilometers.