From Richard Bremner in Frankfurt
Citroen might yet make a big cabriolet like this, as it once did with old DS, but the C5 Airscape is a big clue to what the next C5, on sale next year, will look like.
In fact, exterior designer Domagoj Dukel revealed that from the waist down, this car is pretty much how the real thing will look, except that it will have four doors rather than this cabrio's pair, and the wheels won't look quite as polished. And it will, of course, have a fixed roof.
Conscious of the old C5's unfortunate looks from many angles (most, actually), Dukel says that this new car has been designed to look handsome from every view, and have the upmarket aura of premium German models.
Quite heavily sculpted panels – which are more expensive to press, apparently – a good stance and the now obligatory splashes of chrome help its case here. This is a relatively conservatively styled Citroen, says Dukel, because that's the nature of this market, but the Airscape features the long front and short rear overhangs that are an unusual feature of the bigger C6, and it will also have a concave rear window like that car.