Citroën Previews Hypnos Concept Ahead Of Paris Debut

By Kevin Miller

09.04.2008

Ahead of next month’s Paris International Motor Show, Citroën has published some details of its Hypnos concept vehicle. The powerfully-styled Hypnos is a crossover featuring coupe-like styling (think BMW X6) and SUV-like space. The Hypnos is said to provide fuel efficiency as well as an enjoyable driving experience. While details are scarce, the sleek, powerful-looking concept features a 200 HP hybrid powertrain which returns an impressive 62 mpg (stated as 4.5 liters/100 km).

The interior is said to be a “powerful sensory experience”, taking the driver and passengers “into the realm of pure magic.” The fanciful illustration is identifiable as a vehicle interior only because of the visible steering wheel. It otherwise looks like the ribbons which are swirled around during rhythmic gymnastic competitions. Hopefully the Hypnos shown in Paris will have a more tangible interior.

Citroën’s press release is posted below for your reading pleasure.



CITROËN HYPNOS:
CREATIVITY AND TECHNOLOGY

With the 2008 Paris Motor Show just a few weeks away, Citroën is unveiling Hypnos, a concept car illustrating a new take on the world of exceptional vehicles.
An elegant cross-over vehicle, Hypnos draws on a range of creative technologies to deliver outstanding performance and environmental efficiency, combined with subtle but powerful motoring sensations.

• An elegant and spellbinding concept car
Hypnos is an impressive vehicle, combining the vitality of a coupé with the elegance of a saloon and the space of an SUV. Powerful, flowing and expressive, the exterior styling identifies Hypnos as a car to rouse the emotions.
The initial appeal of the exterior styling is confirmed by the cabin, with its original colours and its ability to make technology more human and approachable. A powerful sensory experience awaits the driver and passengers, taking them into the realm of pure magic.

• Innovation serving the environment
The special hybrid technology used on Hypnos highlights Citroën’s commitment to the environment and shows once again that this strong ecological focus is always accompanied by driving thrills and efficiency.
With its 200 bhp (147 kW) engine, Hypnos combines dynamic performance with low fuel consumption and emissions (4.5 l/100 km and 120 g/km of CO2).
Illustrating the advantages of hybrid technology through a high-tech approach, Citroën has designed a beautifully proportioned coupé with bold styling.

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Author: Kevin Miller

As Autosavant’s resident Swedophile, Kevin has an acute affinity for Saabs, with a mild case of Volvo-itis as well. Aside from covering most Saab-related news for Autosavant, Kevin also reviews cars and covers industry news. His “Great Drive” series, with maps and directions included, is a reader favorite.

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