To celebrate the automaker’s 100th anniversary, Citroën, founded in 1919 by French industrialist André-Gustave Citroën, has revealed an all-new concept: the 19_19. This is the brand’s second concept car for the centennial celebration after the Ami One, a boxy, all-electric urban vehicle.
The 19_19 concept, which pays tribute the date of the company’s founding, is defined by Citroën as a ‘suspended transparent capsule’ like ‘the transparent bubble of a helicopter’ with rear suicide doors and an extended, glowing logo. The futuristic vehicle surprisingly honors a number of classic vehicle design features, such the concave rear window that resembles the C5 and C6 of the early 2000s, and the blue color that harks back to the Petite Rosalie of the 1930s.
In addition, the 19_19 features large concept tires that wrap around 30-inch wheels. The tires include sensors that help the vehicle’s self-driving technology gauge road conditions and select an appropriate autonomous, and the tread is also designed to minimize road noise. The car also contains the automaker’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushions matched with an active road scanning system to adjust the suspension systems for upcoming road characteristics.
The interior features a variety of seat designs. The driver’s seat is ergonomic while the front passenger is a chaise longue with a cylindrical headrest. The driver can make use of an augmented reality windscreen to access an animated personal assistant that resides in a sliding device in the dashboard. The single-spoke steering wheel pays homage to classic Citroën models.
Citroën says the back seats are designed to resemble the sundeck of a Riva yacht. The rear cabin also has tinted windows for privacy. The 19_19 is unsurprisingly autonomous and all-electric with a battery capacity of 100kWh. The vehicle is also all-wheel drive with 456bhp and 590lb ft. The automaker has listed 497 miles of range on the WLTP cycle.
Citroën has an illustrious auto manufacturing past, having launched the Traction Avant in 1934, which was the world's first mass-produced front wheel drive car. It was also one of the first to include a unitary body, with no chassis housing the mechanical components.
In 1954 the automaker produced the world's first hydropneumatic self-leveling suspension system, and in 1955, the groundbreaking DS, the first mass-marketed car with modern disc brakes. Also, in 1967, Citroën debuted its swiveling headlights for greater visibility. The innovation won three European Car of the Year awards.