Citroën concept could hint at a replacement for the troubled Pluriel
1 December 2005

Autocar.co.uk reader Adam Santos first spotted the car that we thought could be the new Citroën Pluriel back in October, and now Citroën has released its first official pictures of the concept.

Badged C-AirPlay, the new two-seater makes its public debut at the Bologna Motor Show today, with quirky styling the handiwork of Citroën’s chief designer Mark Lloyd, also responsible for the C-Airlounge concept.

The exterior features lots of glass, including a glass roof and transparent panels in the doors, and the roof side rails appear to be removeable, like those of the Pluriel. Inside the one-piece silicone front bench features touch-sensitive controls for the gearbox, electric windows and rear-view mirror.

While the outside of the car looks as if it could feasibly go into production, the cabin is pure concept. There’s a C4-style fixed-hub steering wheel, but with the instruments in the middle rather than buttons, and unusual rubber-covered switches.

It’s likely that the C-AirPlay is based on a C3, and like range-topping Pluriels it uses the 110bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine from the C2 VTR with a SensoDrive gearbox. Further C3 mechanicals come in the form of Citroën’s stop start technology.

But if the C-AirPlay is to yield a replacement for the Pluriel, then the biggest hurdle it will have to overcome is finding a suitable cure for the current car’s leak-prone roof system.

Our Verdict

Citroën C3

The Citroën C3 is a competent and interesting supermini, but it doesn’t hit any high notes

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