Late last year I went on a rare trip to the Peugeot-Citroen styling studio, on the south side of Paris.

It was very interesting if rather frustrating day. We went over for a closer look at the dramatic Citroen Revolte concept. We also had a chance to talk directly to Carlo Bonzangio – Citroen’s head of concepts and advanced interior design.

Citroen Revolte in detail

But what we really wanted to know was whether the Revolte was new 2CV or not? Bonzangio’s reply was as baroque as the car.

"Of course it has 2CV influence," he said. "I think we can now shamelessly speak about future and our history in one breath. Citroen is ready for the next step. But this is not a retro design. It contains quotations from the past. The 2CV was spartan and essential – but the Revolte is rich."

I was left confused as to whether the highly appealing Revolte was going to happen, and how it could fit in with the new DS3. If Bonzangio know the answer, he wasn’t going to reveal it.

Interestingly, Citroen’s just-launched advertising campaign for the DS3 is based entirely around the fact that the DS3 is not a retro design.