Citroën Metropolis Concept initial photos and details released [Video]

Making plug-in hybrids sexy

Citroën has released details about the Metropolis concept, ahead of the Shanghai World Fair.

Designed to "pay homage to China's extraordinary development," the Metropolis looks like a larger, more elegant GQ concept. It features sleek headlights, a concave rear window, and 'Pearl Silk' paint (which changes color depending on lighting conditions).

As a plug-in hybrid, the Metropolis boasts a 272 PS (200 kW / 268 bhp) 2.0-liter V6 petrol engine and an electric motor that produces 55 PS (40 kW / 54 bhp) to 95 PS (70 kW / 94 bhp). At low speeds, the car is powered exclusively by the electric motor. During typical commuting, the petrol engine runs the show. When more power is needed, the electric motor and petrol engine work together to provide a combined 460 PS (345 kW / 454 hp) and 430 Nm (317 lb-ft) of torque. Despite being a true powerhouse, the Metropolis has "CO2 emissions of just 70g/km" which is "approximately one fifth that of a conventional engine with equivalent performance."

Other goodies include a Hydractive suspension, four-wheel drive, and an active rear spoiler.

Look for more information to be released next month.

Source: Citroën


Citroën has revealed the spectacular new Metropolis - a sleek and muscular concept car that pays homage to China's extraordinary development. Created by Citroën's international design team - based in Shanghai since 2008 - Metropolis will be on show in the French Pavilion at the Shanghai World Fair from 1st May to 31st October, 2010.

Reflecting China's avant-garde status, grandeur and vitality, the sleek limousine concept immerses itself in ‘Créative Technologie', balancing environmental responsibility with luxurious comfort and driving pleasure. Incorporating a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and Hydractive suspension, Metropolis produces CO2 emissions of just 70g/km - approximately one fifth that of a conventional engine with equivalent performance.

Metropolis' distinctive silhouette is a vision of creative and sophisticated luxury with an imposing stature (5.3m long, 2m wide & 1.4m high), reflecting the dynamism and ambition of China in the 21st Century. Powerful and engaging, Metropolis' subtle ‘Pearl Silk' body colour changes under different light conditions, revealing the model's generous curves and ultra-honed detailing.

Metropolis blends taut lines with smooth surfaces, evidenced particularly at the front where the sculpted, incisive wings and kite-shaped grille merge with the harmonious contours of the bonnet. The streamlined headlamps have an imperious and steely look, giving Metropolis a natural air of authority.

At the rear, Metropolis carefully balances width and stability with flowing aerodynamic lines - incorporating an active spoiler - and signature Citroën design flourishes, such as a concave rear window. Chrome touches around the side windows visually elongate the cabin, while ‘origami' quarter-lights appear to float in the air - and also house a light source.

Metropolis' powerful hybrid drivetrain utilises an optimised 2-litre V6 petrol engine and a 7-speed, dual-clutch electronic gearbox. At low speeds, Metropolis runs in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mode, with its electric motor developing a continuous 55bhp (40kW), peaking at 95bhp (70kW). At steady speeds on main roads and motorways, the petrol powerplant efficiently provides 272bhp (200kW) and 375Nm of torque. When additional performance is required, such as during overtaking, the car uses both the electric motor and the combustion engine to deliver a maximum power output of 460bhp (345kW) and 430Nm of torque - equivalent to a 4-litre V8 petrol engine. There's also a four-wheel drive mode for when extra grip is needed.

Delivering a smooth and cosseting ride experience, Metropolis is specified with Citroën's renowned Hydractive suspension, which dampens even the roughest of road surfaces and improves the car's aerodynamic performance - further helping to reduce CO2 emissions.

Chinais the world's largest automotive market and Citroën's second largest outsideEurope - having been established there for 20 years. The Shanghai World Fair is the perfect opportunity for the brand to reassert its international character and to show, once again, the importance it places on the needs and expectations of this rapidly developing market. With Metropolis, Citroën demonstrates that a blend of Chinese and French sensibilities can create a beautiful vision for the future.

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Senta Senta
2.0-liter V6? wtf...?
Jul 22nd, 2010 1:29pm
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Han Solo Han Solo
Love at first sight... I hope it comes out soon...I just can't wait to see this car in the flesh...
Jun 2nd, 2010 10:28am
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Take the v6 in production!
Apr 24th, 2010 9:26pm
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xLumino xLumino
why hating hatchbacks?! For sure, citroen will have a lot new fans, when bring this exiting car into production
Apr 21st, 2010 3:13pm
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BrianWCF BrianWCF
Official video has been added to article.
Apr 20th, 2010 7:17pm
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Han Solo Han Solo
Wow...I feel like the Merovingian from The Matrix now... Is it a Sedan? I hope it is Sedan. I personally hate hatchbacks. I also think that it would look better if it had a Rear Spoiler on the Bootlid. As for the Horsepower I "think" maybe they are using 2 wheel mounted Electric Motors with 95 PS each, which gives a Total of: 190 PS (Electric Motors) + 272 PS (V6 Engine) = 462 PS But then again, this is just my assumption.
Apr 20th, 2010 11:19am
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radmeister radmeister
Yeah that's what im thinking since it is awd, maybe a 95ps motor for the front and one for the rear...
Apr 20th, 2010 7:24pm
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joelynn joelynn
DS6 i hope.
Apr 20th, 2010 4:15am
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pawelblue pawelblue
wow... magnifique...!! it's all about the Art...
Apr 19th, 2010 10:55pm
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alessandro alessandro
Newer Renault concepts?! Which one is beautiful and not killed yet?
Apr 19th, 2010 9:57pm
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Bojassem Bojassem
The French are doing pretty good job recently! I mean Renault, Citroen and Peugeot are all producing decent concepts, I just hope they go into production.
Apr 19th, 2010 9:43pm
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GTurbo GTurbo
My sentiment exactly! If the Metropolis does make production, ze Chermans should be fery vorried!
Jul 29th, 2010 8:54am
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Hornis Hornis
http://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/12/52/48/18/3314.jpg http://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/12/52/48/18/2812.jpg http://i62.servimg.com/u/f62/12/52/48/18/2515.jpg
Apr 19th, 2010 8:54pm
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tom43 tom43
272 PS + 95 PS = 460 PS ???
Apr 19th, 2010 8:06pm
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BrianWCF BrianWCF
We were scratching our heads on this one as well, but those are the figures Citroen provides. There could be additional details they haven't told us about yet.
Apr 19th, 2010 8:46pm
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peterjames7 peterjames7
Im lovin wat citroen is up too at the moment,this would be a good car for citroen to launch in china,if citroen have good sales this be a great car to Challenge the big guns in the executive market over there. Im sure peugeot was ment to be the sporty brand but these citroen designs are amazin they look lioe they are from the future
Apr 19th, 2010 6:56pm
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charlemagne charlemagne
a much "saxon" citroen, even a little bit teutonic....:D. As I said once: french auto industry is all about great concepts, rubbish production cars.
Apr 19th, 2010 6:56pm
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pösögreen pösögreen
The new C6?
Apr 19th, 2010 6:27pm
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I see hints of Lamborghini Estoque on the side, but other than that, well done Citroen. But when will they actually stop making tons of concept cars and start making production cars?
Apr 19th, 2010 5:52pm
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Decypha Decypha
Wow, pretty nice. Citroen should keep it up.
Apr 19th, 2010 5:21pm
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