This year, Citroën celebrates its 100th anniversary and for that occasion, the automaker has revealed an all-new concept: the 19_19. Citroën was established in 1919 by French industrialist André-Gustave Citroën. The automaker has first reveled the Ami One, a boxy, all-electric urban vehicle for the centennial celebration and now the 19_19 concept.
The recently revealed concept aims to honor the company’s founding, as well as, a number of classic vehicle design features. So, the 19_19 concept pays tribute to the Petite Rosalie of the 1930s and the C5 and C6 of the early 2000s. This futuristic concept features rear suicide doors, an extended, glowing logo, blue color and concave rear window.
Additionally, this concept also comes with large concept tires, which wrap around 30-inch wheels. The tires also feature sensors, which enhance the self-driving technology. Likewise, there are also Hydraulic Cushions matched with an active road scanning system which help adjust the suspension systems.
The 19_19 concept features a number of seat designs. The driver’s seat is ergonomic while the front passenger is a chaise longue with a cylindrical headrest. The interior also comes with an augmented reality windscreen, an animated personal assistant, and a single-spoke steering wheel. When it comes to the back seats, they are made to resemble the sundeck of a Riva yacht.
This is a completely autonomous and all-electric concept, with a 100kWh of battery capacity. Moreover, the 19_19 concept is all-wheel drive with 456bhp and 590lb ft.
Back in 1934, Citroën launched the Traction Avant, which was the world’s first mass-produced front wheel drive car. This has been the first car ever to come with a unitary body, with no chassis housing the mechanical components.
It was again Citroën, which introduced the first ever hydropneumatic self-leveling suspension system in 1954, and the first mass-marketed car with modern disc brakes only one year later. The French automobile manufacturer won three European Car of the Year awards with its swiveling headlights for greater visibility, which they introduced in 1967.