Citroen Unveils the Drop Top C5 Airscape

Published Date: 9th Sep 2007

Citroen will reveal its head-turning C5 Airscape concept car to the world at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Featuring a carbon-fibre folding roof, striking styling and crammed with innovative technology, much of which is designed to minimise its impact on the environment, this all-new design provides a fresh take on the world of executive cabriolets.

Without question, one of the 4-seater C5 Airscape’s defining characteristics is the automatically folding top. Complete with integrated sunroof and textile lining, this carbon-fibre roof resembles a canvas one, a feature so suggestive of up-market cabriolets. It opens to reveal a sumptuous interior of dark brown leather and chrome, reflecting the refined and sophisticated nature of the car.

The latest in a line of green Citroen concepts, the C5 Airscape showcases important and innovative technology. Fuel economy is managed by an ‘UrbanHybrid’ system that includes a reversible alternator-starter and super capacitors. This system allows onboard equipment, such as the air conditioning or audio system, to be powered by energy recovered during braking and deceleration, while engine torque can be temporarily boosted when required.

The ‘UrbanHybrid’ system, which helps reduce CO2 emissions by 24g/km on the combined cycle, also switches off the engine when the vehicle is at standstill, before starting it again instantly once the accelerator is pressed. The fitting of a refined, bio-diesel compliant 208bhp 2.7HDi V6 engine, complete with particulate filter, further minimises any impact on the environment.

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