What will the future of vehicles look like?
For some time now, manufacturers each had their own vision of what future autonomous electric cars will look like. French automaker Citroen also has its fair share of concepts, most of which look properly futuristic. The same can be said about their latest concept, the 19_19, which is the automaker's vision of a future living room on wheels. Specifically, Citroen says the concept expresses their vision of ‘ultra-comfort and extended mobility to escape from the cities’.
In terms of styling, the 19_19 really stands out from other concepts with a similar ‘living room’ theme. To be honest, it looks more like something straight out of Hot Wheels. The concept features large 30-inch wheels with massive fender flares. The body, which sits high above the wheels, is said to resemble that of an aircraft combined with the ‘transparent bubble of a helicopter’. Because of this, the 19_19 has a sleek and narrow body. Other features include Full LED headlights and taillights are shaped in Citroen’s signature double 'chevron' design and a blue accents all around.
Inside, the cabin of the 19_19 is as futuristic as the exterior. Though the 19_19 is autonomous, the vehicle can still be driven by a human, featuring a retractable steering wheel and pedals. Each seat is also styled differently from the other. The driver’s seat is more upright and traditional compared to the passenger seat which is more reclined. Meanwhile, a plush sofa comprises the rear seats. The windshield features an augmented reality heads-up display and can also display movies. Meanwhile, a digital assistant is capable of interacting with passengers on an individual level.
The Citroen 19_19 has a range of 800 km thanks to a 100kWh battery pack. Powering it is a dual-motor electric drive system which produces 456 PS and 800 Nm of torque. This allows the concept to go from 0 to 100km/h in just 5 seconds and reach a top speed of 200km/h.
No word yet as to whether the 19_19 will transition from concept to a production car. For now, it is merely a concept built as part of Citroen’s 100th anniversary celebration, hence the name 19_19.