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Citroen C-Metisse Concept at Paris Motor Show
Flamboyant, glamorous proposal for a coupe
The star of the Citroën stand at the Paris Motor Show (28 September 2006) will be the Citroën C-Métisse, a flamboyant, glamorous proposal for a coupe that, with its diesel hybrid drivetrain, proves that pleasure and performance can go hand in hand with care for the environment.
With its elegant proportions, vibrant bodywork, spectacular door design and extensive chrome, this elegant four-seater four-door coupe revives a passion for the prestigious Grand Touring cars.
The Citroën C-Métisse is not only a car to stir the soul of the onlooker. It also boasts real driving sensations with a driving position featuring the latest technologies, and a specially designed high-performance diesel hybrid drivetrain.
C-Métisse is based on the same future-oriented solution as the C4 HDi hybrid demonstration vehicle presented by Citroën at the start of the year apart from one key difference: The electric motors are installed in the rear wheels. This configuration is coherent with vehicle performance and optimises traction. Perfectly suited to the character of C-Métisse, the design reflects Citroën's expertise in the various hybrid architectures, as well as demonstrating its commitment to cutting fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
A high-spec vehicle, C-Métisse also places considerable emphasis on passenger comfort.
The vast cabin features three exceptionally comfy seats upholstered in white leather.
REMARKABLE LEVELS OF PERFORMANCE THAT RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT
The intelligent design of C-Métisse combines:a diesel hybrid drivetrain
optimised aerodynamics and limited weight. As a result, it is able to combine remarkable levels of performance with fuel economy and respect for the environment.
Diesel hybrid technology serving the environment, driving pleasure and safety
C-Métisse features a diesel hybrid drivetrain combining:
A diesel combustion engine: the V6 HDi DPFS, mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox developing 150 kW (208 bhp) that drives the front wheels,
Two electric motors in the rear wheels, each developing torque of 400 Nm with output of 15 kW (20 bhp).
With its diesel hybrid technology, C-Métisse respects the environment. This is particularly true in the city in ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mode – an "extended'", completely silent all-electric mode with a range of around 3 km at 30 kph – as well as on roads demanding successive acceleration and deceleration. In this second case, the hybrid architecture makes it possible to limit consumption by using the two forms of energy together.
On motorways, the V6 HDi diesel combustion engine with a DPFS (particulate filter) sets high standards of efficiency, based on its intrinsic qualities.
By controlling fuel consumption and thus pollutant emissions, C- Métisse boasts combined cycle consumption levels of 6.5 l/100 km for CO˛ emissions of 174 g/km.
No sacrifices have been made in terms of driving pleasure, which remains a key priority for motorists. If the driver makes prolonged use of the accelerator pedal, the boost function kicks in to provide the immediate torque required. This function combines the torque of the combustion engine with that of the electric motors to endow C-Métisse with a level of performance worthy of a high-spec sports vehicle, without pushing up fuel consumption. C Métisse accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in 6.2 seconds and takes 25.4 seconds to cover 1,000 m from a standing start.
Rather than pursuing the quest for ever higher speeds that are not practicable in normal traffic conditions, the emphasis has been placed on driving pleasure with clean, fast acceleration. For example, C-Métisse accelerates from 80 to 120 kph in 4.2 seconds.
Also, the vehicle remains in 4-wheel drive mode while the boost function is active, since the electric motors drive the rear wheels while the combustion engine drives the front wheels, thus ensuring impeccable traction.
Also, when the ESP sensors report low grip conditions, C-Métisse can activate its electric motors and thus adopt a 4-wheel drive configuration. The electric motors deliver improved traction and ensure full use of the potential of C-Métisse in all conditions and in complete safety.
Alongside the engine and motors, the drivetrain comprises a pack of high-voltage batteries supplying the electric motors. Positioned in the centre of the vehicle, the pack is recharged by the electric motors during deceleration phases, thus converting the vehicle's kinetic energy into electric energy.
The drivetrain and braking control unit – the nerve centre of the system – automatically manages the energy configuration: transition from two to four-wheel drive, energy recovery and recharging of batteries.