Citroen took the brave decision to name their headlining
concept car at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Revolte.
The unusual design is likely have just as many admirers
as haters, and each camp has a point. But one thing can
be said of the Revolte, it's original. One of the more
bizarre features of the concept are the A-pillars
which seem to bust out of the bodywork separate to the
windscreen. Personally I think it's a creative idea and
suits the quirky nature of the vehicle.
The dark-colored a-pillar also acts as a starting point
for a style line which encircles side windows and doors
and runs towards the front wheel, nearly creating a complete
loop. This feature also cleverly helps to disguise the
fact the Revolte is a four door vehicle. The front doors
open in a conventional manner, while the back doors are
hinged at the rear. The lack of any B-pillars
means that when both doors are open access to the interior
is completely unhindered.
Inspired by the 2CV the REVOLTe takes the key attributes
of Citroëns iconic classic and reverses them.
In Citroen's own words: "Where the 2CV was plain
and neutral, REVOLTe is luxurious and colourful; where
the 2CV was basic and simple, REVOLTe is intelligent and
technologically advanced and where the 2CV was slow and
bouncy, REVOLTe is lively and spirited."
Influences from past Citroen models can be seen in the
convertible roof panel which slides back to expose the
almost the entire interior to sunlight. The contrasting
color of the roof is carried over into the panel underneath
the rear window providing a bold contemporary look.
The interior of the Citroen REVOLTe concept is as adventurous
as the exterior. The styling is distinctly futuristic,
but somehow the sharp, crisp lines, and almost painfully
thin looking seats don't quite match the bubbly outward
appearance of the concept.
Powering the Citroen REVOLTe is a hybrid drivetrain which
uses a small-diplacement internal combustion engine as
a generator to charge the batteries, which in turn power
an electric motor. This system also provides the option
of CO2-free driving with the ability to run in all-electric
ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle) mode.
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Citroen C5 Airscape
Citroen DS4 (2011)