CITROËN 19_19 CONCEPT, TRAVEL IN COMFORT
Following the reveal of Ami One Concept in February 2019 (the embodiment of urban electric mobility), Citroën is presenting its new 19_19 Concept, which expresses Citroën’s vision of ultra-comfort and extended mobility to escape from the city.
A true manifesto for the Citroën brand, 19_19 Concept is an unconventional expression of the future, existing outside traditional automotive cues. It is a technological and aerodynamic vehicle with exceptional proportions – and a spectacular, suspended and transparent capsule design – inspired by the world of aviation.
The new concept car illustrates ultra-comfort at the service of tomorrow’s mobility;
>> Through its design: a cabin styled as a living room through its architecture and materials, plunging each occupant into a cocoon in which each seat is a unique experience of absolute comfort.
>> Through its technologies: a full-electric concept car with a range of 497 miles (800km), a magic carpet ride, and a suspended cabin with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions® suspension and smart active control. It also features autonomous driving technologies and a proactive ‘Personal Assistant’ that interacts seamlessly with everyone on-board, offering a whole new experience of in-car travel.
“19_19 Concept is our technological and innovative vision of the automotive future. It conserves the fundamentals that have made Citroën what it is over the last 100 years, a Brand that listens to its customers and systematically focuses on human aspects, consistent with its ‘Inspired by You’ Brand signature. Design, creativity, comfort and innovation are and will remain central to Citroën’s DNA, as demonstrated by 19_19 Concept.”
Linda Jackson, CEO of Citroën
A TRANSPARENT CAPSULE: The fully glazed body of 19_19 Concept resembles a transparent capsule, with the length, wheelbase and ultra-short overhangs being an impressive feature. The very rounded passenger cabin represents the base of an aircraft wing on each side, giving the impression of robustness and width.
The perspex is tinted black at the front and blue at the back, a nod to the blue of the Petite Rosalie, a legacy of the brand. In the front, passengers have great visibility out of the vehicle, while onlookers can admire the inside. The rear of 19_19 Concept has a micro-perforated film that protects passengers privacy.
A FUTURISTIC FRONT END:19_19 Concept's design is aerodynamic. The front incorporates a double perspex bonnet, extending to the top and bottom of the vehicle. The upper bonnet continues very high above the wings, serving as a fin and as a support for the Full LED light signature, integrating the brand chevrons and the Origins logo.
The structure of the suspension, the wheels and the inside of the wings are decorated with streaks reminiscent of chevrons.
A TECHNOLOGICAL REAR END: The rear echoes the front with the tailgate bubble, aerodynamic subframe and light signature, with two lines of light in a Y shape, incorporating the chevrons and forming a spoiler. Two LIDARs (laser detection measurement systems) are positioned at the rear of the roof.
The subframe is designed like a skateboard, revealing the batteries and all of the technical components. It is decorated with three blue, white and red lines.
A LOUNGE ON WHEELS:19_19 Concept offers each passenger their own space to relax in. The driver's seat has intuitive controls with a head-up display that gives key driving information through the windscreen, an ultra-comfortable seat and a speaker in the headrest. The front passenger seat has been designed as a daybed with a motorised footrest and rear seats that replicate a sofa. Each passenger has their own sound zone, with personalised content sent directly to them.
The ultra-simplified dashboard has a glazed area that transforms into a film projection screen. The steering wheel floats, looks like marble and has a screen in the centre that displays every generation of Citroën logo in turn.
The doors are reverse-hinged, enabling optimum access for all passengers as there is no B pillar.
100% ELECTRIC AND AUTONOMOUS: 19_19 Concept is 100% electric. It does 0-100 km in 5 seconds and has a top speed of 200 km/h. It has ultra-quick induction charging, meaning that it can recover 600 km of driving range in just 20 minutes, without a charging cable.
19_19 Concept can manage driving automatically. Some driving phases, such as motorway or traffic jams, can be delegated. For driving pleasure or in more complex situations like driving in busy city centres, the driver can take over the steering wheel at any time.
AN INTUITIVE AND PROACTIVE PERSONAL ASSISTANT: The Personal Assistant comes in the form of a cylinder on the dashboard. Equipped with artificial intelligence, it helps to manage interactions with the vehicle and the passengers. Whilst the driver is driving, it remains active but does not take over. In driverless mode, the steering wheel and the pedal unit retract and the Personal Assistant is deployed above the dashboard, freeing up projection surface for the driver.
The Personal Assistant has natural language voice recognition, developed by SoundHound Inc, a Silicon Valley start-up.