Citroën's C5 Airscape Concept

Citroën plans to debut its sleek, new "UrbanHybrid" droptop at Frankfurt in September

Citroën will reveal the new C5 Airscape concept car at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show (13th-27th September). At first glance the eye-catching, automatically folding carbon-fibre roof is the striking feature of the 4-seater executive cabriolet, which also aims to showcase a raft of innovative, environmentally friendly technology including an "UrbanHybrid" management system and enhanced traction control.

The high waistline, ribbed panels, C6-style concave rear window and sleek, aerodynamic profile help to communicate the Citroën C5 Airscape's exclusive status, while the distinctive exterior design is further enhanced by the 19-inch alloys, large air-intakes, twin chrome tailpipes and long incisive headlamps.

According to Citroën, one of the defining characteristics of the C5 Airscape is the automatically folding, carbon-fibre top with integrated sunroof and textile lining.

The interior is marked by dark-brown leather and chrome, and the sculpted lines of the dashboard sit alongside the stylish design of the instrument cluster and air vents. The concept is also equipped with a new-style fixed centred controls steering wheel, incorporating touch-sensitive buttons enveloped in a thin membrane-like covering.

The Citroën concepts shows its environmental credentials via an 'UrbanHybrid' system that manages fuel economy. This includes a reversible alternator-starter and super capacitors and 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.

Helping the C5 Airscape to deliver levels of performance similar to those of a four-wheel drive car, a further technological advancement sees the introduction of a new 'Snow Motion' traction control system that provides enhanced driving safety in low-grip conditions.

Gizmag will be at the Frankfurt Motor Show (13th-27th September) to bring you the latest developments from the showroom floor -- stay tuned!

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