Citroën is raising the hybrid stakes with this dramatic Paris motor show concept, the C-Métisse.
Despite the sleek looks, the C-Métisse.is actually a four-door — the front doors open gull-wing style, while the rears spin round. Inside, it’s a genuine four-seater, thanks to a three-metre wheelbase. Citroën claims that rear passengers will have limousine-like levels of kneeroom.
But while the styling and packaging will attract looks at Paris, the most intriguing part of the C-Métisse is its hybrid powertrain, which combines a 208bhp V6 diesel driving the front wheels with two 20bhp electric motors at the rear. Citroën — which has already shown off a diesel hybrid C4 — could be readying the V6 package for use in a hybrid C6.
In regular use, the V6 engine does the bulk of the work. When greater acceleration is required, however, the electric motors — each of which produces 295lb ft of torque — kick in. And because they are driving the rear wheels, Citroën claims that traction improves as the extra shove is delivered. The C-Métisse will also employ its rear-wheel drive if it senses low grip at the front.