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OPTICAL AND HEARING
2005 Citroen C-SportLounge Concept Car
14th September, 2005
Citroen has revealed the C-SportLounge at the 2005 Frankfurt International Motor Show, a new concept for a Grand Tourer that combines the GT traditions of performance and style with the latest technology and aerodynamic efficiency.
The advanced aerodynamics include a wing under the rear of the car that reduces drag and, when required provides extra braking force, while an invisible wing sits on the top of the tail of the C-SportLounge, which uses micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) to provide a virtual airfoil by propelling jets of air and substantially improving the vehicle's drag and stability at high speeds.
But the Citroen C-SportLounge is more than technology and aerodynamics. The noble styling of the C-SportLounge's bodywork is pleasing to the eye from the first glance. Pure, assertive lines perfectly reflect CitroŽn's style codes. The original architecture successfully combines a powerful, sleekly muscled appearance with remarkable aerodynamics.
Powerful, flowing lines
The determined look of the front end is enhanced by the wide air intakes and clear-cut headlamps. The headlamps have swivelling beams, providing optimum lighting in bends. The large chrome chevrons on the smooth bonnet express Citroen's signature. The large windscreen placed well to the front rises high and melds into the sunroof in a single unbroken line, offering a broad glass surface, enhancing visibility and letting in maximum light.
The profile of the C-SportLounge reflects optimal aerodynamic design. The receding roof arch and attention to detail underscore the vehicle's class and elegance. The flowing lines are highlighted by two chrome horizontal bars: one following the waist line and the other running along the bonnet up the top of the front quarter-light. The C-SportLounge also expresses strength and power through generous volumes, stressed by well-defined wheel arches and 20-inch aluminium wheels.
The powerful design of the front and rear ends gives the vehicle a determined, powerful appearance. The concept car has boomerang-shaped LED headlamps and two chrome exhaust pipes.
Optimised aerodynamic design
This capacity to penetrate the air enhances the C SportLounge's efficient, dynamic handling, performance and environmental-friendliness.
Dynamic performance and environmental-friendliness
Thanks to its low drag coefficient, the C SportLounge combines high performance with low fuel consumption and emissions.
AN INVITATION TO TRAVEL
The interior design confirms the vehicle's dynamic and powerful style. The interior of the C-SportLounge, designed to seat four adults comfortably, expresses the grand touring spirit of the concept. The on-board feel is a harmonious blend of noble, sturdy, extensively worked materials and high-tech styling for the driving position, inspired by aviation design.
A cockpit feel
The semi-raised driving position offers the driver proper eye height for comfort and safety, as well as a "sports type" seating position for more driving pleasure. The driver's seat and the central console are all of one piece, which keeps the automatic gearbox and climate-control system controls within reach, regardless of the horizontal seat adjustment setting.
The driver's position has been designed to let the driver concentrate on the road, with a fixed-centred controls steering wheel and gear-changing paddles.
Travel in comfort
Four independent seats, padded and upholstered in bronze-coloured leather, with integrated seat belts, envelop the driver and passengers, who travel in comfort, in an interior modelled on a fighter plane. The leather-upholstered door panels and floor add to the opulence of the interior. The pure lines of the dashboard continue onto the door panels in a receding line that duplicates the overstitching on the seats.
A central tunnel divides the space into individual areas. The pure glass sunroof, divided into four parts, highlights these individualised areas. Like the broad windscreen and long side windows, the sunroof maximises light and enhances the sensation of being open to the sky. Contributing to the refinement of the interior ambience, LED lighting concealed in the armrests diffuses filtered light.
The roomy luggage compartment makes long-distance travel easy.
The original architecture and dynamic, prestigious appearance of the C-SportLounge clearly states its grand touring ambition.
Electric parking brake
The concept car presented is fitted with an HDi 138 DPFS engine coupled with an automatic six-speed gearbox