Citroen Cxperience Plug-In Hybrid Concept Revealed

1 year ago by Mark Kane 23

Citroën announced its new plug-in hybrid CXPERIENCE Concept ahead of the car’s official world debut, planned for the 2016 Paris Motor Show on October 1st.



It’s capable of driving some 60 km (37 miles) in all-electric mode (NEDC we believe) on a 13 kWh battery.

In total (gasoline engine and 80 kW electric motor combined by 8-speed automatic gearbox) cranks between 250 and 300 bhp.

At 6.6 kW charging takes 2.5 hours.

The electrified saloon measures 4.85m length and was designed with the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme in mind, which suggests a superior suspension and comfortable seats.

In the concept, Citroën has foregone traditional mirrors and placed rear view cameras (that are not yet road legal). To further improve aerodynamics there are also special adjustable air intakes, integrated with the front bumpers.

Editor’s Note:  We know what you are thinking, and no, there was no mention of exactly how one pronounces the word “Cxperience” correctly











Press release:


Exclusively revealed one month ahead of the Paris Motor Show, Citroën CXPERIENCE CONCEPT demonstrates the brand’s capacity to deploy its “Be Different, Feel Good” promise in the large saloon segment.  With its distinctive body style, this new concept overturns established codes and illustrates the benefits of the “Citroën Advanced Comfort®” programme.

In the context of its global convention centring New C3 and bringing together over 2000 brand representatives from over 36 countries, Citroën springs the surprise revealing the CXPERIENCE concept car, a world first at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. With this two-box saloon measuring 4.85m in length, Citroën is expressing its ambitions in upmarket territory, deploying its “Be Different, Feel Good” promise in this segment. The exceptional new, international body style is a new step forward that marks a new offensive in brand strategy.

In phase with the brand’s know-how and history, this latest creation features the global comfort that is a hallmark of Citroën vehicles. CXPERIENCE CONCEPT is the latest demonstration of the “Citroën Advanced Comfort ®” programme, designed for the well-being and comfort of vehicle occupants. Supporting the styling, technical and technological development of new brand models, the programme reflects changing customer expectations and is part of every stage in the design process.


  • A strong identity

With its unique, distinctive body lines, the CXPERIENCE concept car expresses a new take on the codes of executive saloons, a territory that is close to the brand and its history. It is an aerodynamic concept car whose design reflects the emphasis placed on every detail. The shape lines and graphics belong solely to Citroën and are thus easy to identify and remember.

Designed by Citroën Styling at the Design Centre in Vélizy, outside Paris, CXPERIENCE CONCEPT expresses the brand’s new aesthetic codes. An innovative vehicle, it is inspired by the high-tech world on the outside, and by furnishings/travel on the inside.

The CXPERIENCE concept car is immediately recognisable. With its two-box style and cleverly designed rear-hinged doors, it looks ready to leap forwards. The bold lines express power, while the generous curves and smooth volumes express the car’s own stylistic language.

A vehicle of imposing proportions (4.85m long, 2m wide) with a very low roof (1.37m tall) and short overhangs (3m wheelbase), the CXPERIENCE concept car allies its majestic stature with flowing lines. The pearlescent sea green “Mizuiro” bodywork is modern, relaxed and sober. The colour further underlines the upmarket looks of this concept car, with its large 22-inch wheels and 5-spoke covers.

At the front, the pure lines of this concept car are very much in evidence, with an original light signature expressing a new take on the layered headlights that are part of Citroën’s identity. Other attributes of CXPERIENCE CONCEPT include a smooth front end and special grille. The chevrons accentuate the vehicle’s width with the chrome-finish bar angling out to the headlights. The observer’s eye is drawn in particular to the V-shaped DRLs, which give the car a high-tech look. They are made up of fine 3mm wide strips with the indicators elegantly positioned in between. Further down, the light signature is completed by three LED directional headlights, positioned either side of the vehicle. For greater efficiency, the controlled air intakes are integrated with the front bumpers. Mobile flaps designed to open and close are positioned on either side of the vehicle. These contribute to aerodynamic performance on the road while also making manoeuvres easier.

The rear end of the concept car also makes a statement with strongly marked wings and a concave rear window with a mobile fin at the bottom for improved aerodynamics. The 3D rear lights featuring laser fibre optics are also V-shaped. The indicators are positioned in the centre under a slim one-way panel, giving CXPERIENCE CONCEPT a unique, high-tech identity. The light system is fitted in a black technical block whose lines follows the cut-out of the boot, underlining the width of this large saloon. Like the brand’s most recent vehicles, the chevrons at the rear of the concept car feature a black lacquer finish.

Another characteristic styling feature contributing to the unique personality of the CXPERIENCE concept car are the rear-hinged autoclave doors rising to the top of the roof and opening to a 90°perpendicular angle (in line with the wheels), making it easy to get in. The doors provide an excellent view of the spacious upmarket cabin. Comfort takes centre stage, issuing an invitation to travel.

  • An interior designed to showcase the flowing design lines

Inspired by architecture, decoration and furnishings, the cabin of CXPERIENCE CONCEPT is a work of clean, contemporary lines. Featuring premium materials, it is decorated in a citrus yellow shade, synonymous with a fresh, optimistic mindset.

Alongside the single-spoke steering wheel, a nod to the brand’s history, the floating dashboard is of horizontal design. It has a three-dimensional appearance, with a sculpted, tubular cut-out extending from the right rear door to the left rear door in a single piece. This presentation reinforces the immediate impression of space, lightness and amplitude. The yellow tones of the interior ambience enhance the original sense of visual continuity between each of the areas dedicated to the driver or passengers.

Considerable emphasis was placed on the design of the seats, which are upholstered in a padded-effect yellow mesh fabric. The backrests feature walnut wood in an elegant light shade, like the dashboard. Designed to resemble alcoves, the inner door panels are also made from high-quality materials. The sea-green geometric fabric matches the body colour and contrasts with the interior ambience. The flat foam floor was made to measure. It is covered in dark, textured leather with a destructured design. On either side, broad chrome-finish sills underline the careful emphasis placed on interior colours and materials.

“The whole Style team pulled in the same direction to create a new executive saloon with international reach, breaking with conventional codes to express the brand’s values: Optimistic, Human and Smart.”

Alexandre Malval, Citroën Design Director


Comfort is a concept that has always been closely linked to Citroën and “Citroën Comfort” has become a true brand signature. Today, this concept has become part of a broader approach with a range of criteria including brightness, space, ergonomics and connectivity. All these criteria contribute to well-being in body and mind and promote discussion and sharing on board the CXPERIENCE concept car.

  • Contributing to well-being in body and mind

Through the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, which guided the design of CXPERIENCE CONCEPT, Citroën is reviewing its approach to comfort in the light of its modern vision and expertise.

Designed as a true “cocoon”, CXPERIENCE CONCEPT filters out the outside world along with the bumps and dips of the road and employs a progressive hydraulic cushions advanced module. Came out many weeks ago, this exclusive Citroën technology significantly improves the filtration system regardless of the defects road ensuring an outstanding driving comfort. The result : a purely Citroën sovereign comfort.

Entirely  focused on the well-being of the occupants,  this large executive saloon conveys an impression of immediate, intense ultra comfort, for both the driver and passengers, when they step on board.

The interior was designed to promote well-being, as illustrated by the seats, the part of the car with which passengers are in closest contact. The generous, body-hugging seats of CXPERIENCE CONCEPT provide unique comfort and support. Made from flexible shape-memory foam, they invite the occupants to enjoy a new travelling experience. In row 1, both the driver and passenger have wide, welcoming seats. The enveloping seats in row 2 reflect the same “living room” mindset. A physical sensation amplified by the alliance of warm, natural materials. To make every journey a friendly, relaxing experience, the front seats feature tapered backrests and openwork headrests to provide greater visibility for passengers in the rear.

Adding a final touch to this peaceful ambience, CXPERIENCE CONCEPT features generous volumes and ingenious storage compartments to make life easier. The dashboard creates an impression of space with its transversal graphics. The central console, also of flowing design lines, includes a functional storage compartment at the front, and a compartment for the induction charging of a smartphone. Other storage compartments positioned conveniently around the cabin also contribute to the comfort of the occupants and their day-to-day well-being.

The emphasis placed on light, another part of the “Citroën Advanced Comfort®” programme also contributes to the sense of onboard well-being. Each occupant enjoys an area bathed in light with a wide lateral glazed area around the cabin and the two cielos running the full length of the roof. The ambient lighting and air purifier also contribute to making the cabin a “Feel Good” area: a haven of well-being where the occupants can relax and decompress.

Finally, to ensure peace of mind for the driver and to reduce the cognitive load, useful driving information is projected into the driver’s field of vision on a wide “head-up” panel.

  • Promoting sharing and discussion

In tune with its times and in phase with the “Citroën Advanced Comfort ®” programme, the Citroën CXPERIENCE concept car is welcoming, comfortable and hyperconnected. CXPERIENCE CONCEPT is a car apart, with an intuitive human-machine interface, designed to provide digital continuity between digital worlds for the driver and passengers. Intelligent technologies promote interaction and contribute to smoother use of the vehicle and its equipment. Available to everybody and present at both front and rear, these technologies underline the brand’s efforts to place particular emphasis on passengers, who play a full role in each journey.

Drastically integrated in the middle of the dashboard, the 19-inch and 16/3 format rectangular screen is the key onboard feature. Functioning as the vehicle control centre, it clears superfluous controls from the dashboard and reinforces the impression of width and space. Easy to use by reason of its size, this screen groups all the onboard functions: air conditioning, driving aids, navigation and media sources.  The key touch screen is split into parts, putting the emphasis on the driver as well as the passenger thanks to a reconfigurable “multi-fenestration” in 1/3 – 2/3 or 2/3 – 1/3 or in full screen mode, depending on the desired aboard experience. The infotainment options are presented in such a way as to enable easy browsing by all the occupants, who can find information on their journey, select their own music or watch their favourite film. To maintain a link between the vehicle and the outside world, CXPERIENCE CONCEPT features a range of connected services, enabling the driver to open the gate from a distance, for example, or receive home deliveries.

Two other control features – a smartphone and a mobile tablet – maintain digital continuity and activate a number of onboard functions. At the front, a central console houses a dedicated smartphone stand. Induction-rechargeable and connected to the screens, the smartphone starts the car and activates a range of control functions (comfort, photos, videos, etc.).

At the rear, passengers have access to a mobile tablet. Presented in a refined case, the tablet lets the occupants adjust the seats and air conditioning at the same time as well as providing access to media sharing [1] through the new app Share with U as part of a fun and intuitive approach. With this new service, they can share media files (games, music, videos) with their travelling companions and use them on board! Don’t miss the opportunity to test this new feature at the Paris Motor Show!

Citroën CXPERIENCECONCEPT opts for high-tech rear vision with front and rear cameras. At the same time, the conventional exterior door mirrors are replaced by two discreet side cameras sending pictures to small digital screens. Featuring chrome surrounds, these small screens are positioned along the inner door panels on the same trim feature as the loudspeakers and air vents. The driver has a 360° view of the vehicle’s immediate environment, making driving and manoeuvring easier. A hyper-connected car in tune with the times, CXPERIENCE CONCEPT also features the ConnectedCAM Citroën™ premiered as a world first on the new Citroën C3.

Located just behind the interior rear-view mirror, this wide-angle HD connected camera records whatever the driver sees on the road. A witness to the driving experience, it captures life’s moments in pictures and on video to keep or share on social networks.

To promote onboard discussion and exchange, the designers also placed considerable emphasis on onboard sound spatialisation. The Citroën Styling teams working on the “sonification” applied the same principle as for the Citroën AIRCROSS concept car, an SUV premiered at the Shanghai Motor Show last year. The openwork front and rear headrests feature two loudspeakers with integrated bass sound and microphones. These sound bubbles let everybody choose who they want to communicate with. Or simply sit and listen to their own audio programme. Each journey can set the scene for either lively discussion or individual relaxation. For easier discussions or to keep an eye on young children, integrated cameras make it possible to see each passenger or even to take part in a videoconference.

“The Citroën CXPERIENCE concept car challenges convention to express a new vision of executive saloons. It also fits in perfectly with the ambitions of the “Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme. CXPERIENCE CONCEPT illustrates the brand’s capacity to deploy its “Be Different, Feel Good” promise in this segment.

Linda Jackson  –  CITROËN Brand CEO


The emphasis on intelligent technology can also be seen in the choice of a plug-in hybrid solution for a relaxed drive. A true invitation to travel, Citroën CXPERIENCE CONCEPT features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain allying efficiency with performance. Based on the expertise of the PSA Group, this plug-in hybrid petrol technology allies power and versatility.

Citroën CXPERIENCE CONCEPT delivers outstanding dynamic performance with a petrol engine developing between 150 and 200 bhp and up to 80 kW of additional energy provided by the electric motor. CXPERIENCE CONCEPT can be driven in all-electric mode in the city (ZEV -Zero Emission Vehicle) where it has a range of 60 km. On the open road, fuel consumption can be limited by using the two forms of energy together in successive acceleration phases. On the motorway, the internal combustion engine takes over to deliver real performance at the wheel, with total power of up to 300 bhp.

Citroën CXPERIENCE CONCEPT has a 3 kWh battery that can be charged in just a few hours. The vehicle can be charged in 4 1/2 hours with a standard charging system, or in less than 2 1/2 hours with an ultra-simple charging solution based on a 6.6 kW charger designed for connection to a 32A socket. The attractive, functional signature of this drivetrain can be seen on top of the bonnet in the form of two battery charge indicators extending the line of each DRL.

The architecture of Citroën CXPERIENCE CONCEPT is ingenious and unique. The 8-speed electric automatic gearbox is placed transversely between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor, and a compact battery is positioned under the cabin to deliver electric power to the rear axle. This maintains both passenger space and boot capacity.

This plug-in hybrid new solution invites users to enjoy a new driving experience whereby they can travel from city centres to the most isolated areas without restriction, receiving exceptional dynamic performances thanks to the electric motor additional energy, while also respecting the environment.

Reflecting the brand’s ability to plan for the future and deploy its positioning and values in very different territories, two “Citroën Advanced Comfort®” showcases will be present on the stand at the Paris Motor Show:

-the C3, the new brand offensive in the B segment

-the CXPERIENCE concept car, expressing Citroën’s approach to comfort and executive vehicles!

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23 responses to "Citroen Cxperience Plug-In Hybrid Concept Revealed"

  1. Kimmo57 says:

    Anything capable of less electric range than Volt/Ampera 5 years ago is lame.

    1. Mr. M says:

      Like the F150 that most US costumers buy? I agree.

      1. Rob Stark says:

        US customers bought 17M vehicles last year and bought 780k F-150s.


        The most popular segment was not full sized pickups but compact crossovers.

    2. Nix says:

      The range is fine for the EU market, where drivers typically drive much fewer miles per day, and where they need to run gas-free inside city limits.

      Probably not the best match for the US market, but I doubt we will see it in the US anyways so it doesn’t matter.

    3. goodbyegascar says:

      Cool car, but I always think of the Chevy Volt’s EPA-rated 53 miles of battery range when making comparisons between these plug-in electric hybrids.

      In my opinion, a premium electric hybrid would boast a minimum of 75 or 100 miles of battery range.

      1. R.S. says:

        I could live with 30 miles of EV range, but not with 80kW of EV power. Too little for such a big and heavy car to be adequately powered.

        It wouldn’t make the car any better of it had 200 miles of Ev range, if it is underpowered in EV mode.

    4. cmina says:

      It’s a concept, forget about the specs, forget about the name ! Imagine future designs based on this.
      I posted in the Tesla new interior blahblah article also.

      So many design cues to pick from.
      I’m pleasantly surprised that the Model 3 has quite a few things in common with it.
      And we’re talking about Citroen Design here ! One of the best in Europe.
      Simplicity IS the future !

      1. Someone out there says:

        I wouldn’t say that is great but it’s far better than the model 3 we saw the other day.

  2. Mr. M says:


  3. Eco says:

    Needs more battery and electric motor power, less ICE power … the ICE range extender only needs to be about 15 kW (20 hp) … like the BMW i3 REx.

    Also, what are those ugly V-shaped indents on the front (around headlights) and back (around taillights)?

    1. Foo says:

      Also needs more cowbell.

  4. Nix says:

    I’m assuming they want you to pronounce it “SEXperience”.

  5. Kdawg says:

    That video & photo shoot looks like it was done in Iceland.

    I like some physical attributes of the car, some I don’t like. Regarding the drive-train, it needs more kWh.

  6. Bill Howland says:

    Citroen’s are much more nicely styled since joining forces with Peugeot who always made nice looking cars, at compared to the ones exported to the states decades ago.

    But 13 miles (or realistically 10) on electricity is a bit parsimonious for France, seeing as it has a surfeit of electricity.

    Maybe better next time.

  7. Koenigsegg says:

    Concept. Blah


  8. Daniel says:

    Gee what a tough audience here they actually come up with a car and give it the capability to run some of the time without gasoline and you complain it’s not enough they give it 10 kilowatts you complain it’s not enough they give it 20 you complain it’s not enough they give it a hundred miles range you complain that it’s too much and you shouldn’t have the engine if you have a battery capable of going that far we should be careful we really are our own worst enemies at promoting this technology if they can get some form of this platform to Market with any usable electric range it’s got to be better than burning gasoline don’t you think?

    1. Terawatt says:

      Gee what a silly reply. How about addressing the question of whether it IS enough?!?

      Do you know how much of the total mileage covered so far by Chevy Volt was without the ICE running? 40%, according to GMs numbers. The Volt has more all-electric range than this and is a series hybrid (or range-extender if you prefer). That means it offers the same performance in all-electric and hybrid operation. Hence owners have every reason to drive all-electric as much as possible as it is cheaper and doesn’t involve any drawbacks.

      In energy terms, since the electric motor is three times as efficient, this means that even the Volt sources at least 75% of its energy from fossil fuels. That’s not sustainable.

      In terms of emissions, we need to cut not 20% or 50%, but at least 90%. So cars like this Citroën clearly are not enough.

      This isn’t complaining. It is pointing out the obvious.

      1. Daniel says:

        Silly reply indeed. I’m well aware of the Volts capabilities ( mine is a 2013 ) ween driving it for the last three years.

        The argument you make is once again making “better” the enemy of “best” yes we all know where we need to get to. The technologies and cars are beginning to move “down market” where a greater impact can be realized by even cars such as the Volt.

        Just because a reduction is not %100 of what’s needed does not mean that it is not a good thing if it continues to move the adoption needle and the uptake of “better” vehicles.

        If we waited until we could build the absolute “best” green car on the planet from day one then none would have likely ever gotten built.

  9. Terawatt says:

    Like most Citroën concepts it’s a cool-looking car lacking real substance. Another short-range parallel hybrid offering 80 kW in all-electric but more than twice the power when burning fossil fuels is NOT what the world needs – and should not be encouraged by governments.

    (The point being that if governments had made this clear, nobody would make concepts that point towards such a future. This will perhaps reduce emissions by 50% if the owner is diligent and doesn’t mind using less than half the available performance much of the time. But we need to cut them by 90%.)

  10. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:


  11. wavelet says:

    I hope the actual car isn’t nearly this low (1.37m). Sure, it could contribute to low drag, but would be extremely uncomfortable to get into for adults, not to mention placing kids in child seat in there.

  12. Counter-Strike Cat says:

    The construction company want to have their yellow isolation foam back!