Citroen 19_19 concept takes aviation inspiration

PARIS — Citroen says its 19_19 concept takes inspiration from the worlds of aviation and interior design to offer the brand’s vision of future full-electric and autonomous long-distance luxury travel.

The 19_19 has a range of 499 miles, which Citroen describes as “extended mobility to escape from the cities.”

In areas where the infrastructure allows it, the 19_19 can be charged by induction, either stationary or while in motion.

Citroen says two electric motors, one at the front and one at the rear, have a total of 456 hp and 590 pound-feet of torque. Zero to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) takes five seconds.

Although the 19_19 is not designed as a fully autonomous vehicle, Citroen says the car will take over driving operation in certain situations, including on highways or in traffic jams.

Stylistically, the 19_19 — with dimensions like a midsize SUV — is distinguished by its full-glass suspended cabin, which Citroen says resembles an aircraft fuselage and helicopter bubble cockpit; oversized, 30-inch wheels; and a visible subframe that displays the electric drivetrain and suspension.

The wheels, with a “floating” central hub, were developed with Goodyear and are integrated visually into 255/30 tires.

Citroen emphasized the technical aspects of autonomous and electric driving on the 19_19, including prominent lidar sensors on the roof and light diodes that indicate the activation of various components.


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