As part of its centenary celebrations, Citroën has revealed the “19_19 Concept”, an autonomous EV that previews the next 100 years of car design.
Describing it as “a UFO in the automotive sector”, the French brand says the look of the new design study, which follows on from the Ami One concept car that was unveiled back in February, has been influenced by aviation.
“The exceptional body design of 19_19 Concept resembles the fuselage of an aircraft and the transparent bubble of a helicopter. The capsule levitates above four ‘Super Tall and Narrow’ wheels, promising the comfort of a magic carpet ride, with the passengers transported by a car that appears to fly over the road,” explain the designers.
The oversized 30-inch rims, with a diameter of 930 mm and fitted with 255/30 R 30 tyres, are said to have been inspired by gear cogs and were designed and developed in collaboration with Goodyear.
With its lengthy 3.10 m wheelbase, the car’s inside, which is accessed via rear-hinged pillar-free convex doors, is described as a “dream living room”. Details include a chaise longue up front for the passenger and rear seats that form a sofa extending back to the boot.
Being fully autonomous, it also gets a retractable steering wheel as well as a ‘Personal Assistant’ equipped with artificial intelligence.
Underneath, the concept car is powered by an all-electric drivetrain, accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in a claimed five seconds and reaching a top speed of 124 mph.
Driven by 100 kWh batteries, the 4WD drivetrain comprises two motors (one at the front, one at the rear) and develops torque of 590 lb-ft and power of 456 bhp. The vehicle reportedly has a range of 497 miles under the WLTP protocol.