The 300-HP Citroen CXPerience Is How The French Will Fight Tesla

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Why can't all manufacturers make hybrids that look THIS good?

At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Citroen revealed the CXperience Concept. The CXperience is a plug-in hybrid hatchback, which sounds boring, but wait until you hear the details. There are no specifics on the engine, but Citroen claims that it will make between 150 to 200 horsepower. This doesn't sound like much, but there will also be an 80 kW electric motor that will bring total output of to around 300 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission will be placed between the electric motor and the combustion engine.

The compact 3 kW battery can be charged in 4.5 hours with a standard charger, or 2.5 hours on a 32A socket. The battery itself is placed under the cabin to deliver power to the rear axle. On electric power alone, the concept can drive 60 km (37 miles) before the gas engine kicks in. Aside from the mechanical specifications, the CXperience previews future Citroen styling queues.The low slung roofline is only 54-inches tall and the front end features new LED headlights that could represent a new look for the brand. Obviously, certain things like the suicide rear doors will not make it to production. However, we still think that this concept is a good benchmark for what Citroen can do.

There are some really cool safety features like the ConnectedCAM, which debuted on the Citroen C3. This system uses a connected HD camera to record everything that the driver sees on the road. There are also front and rear touchscreens for connected media sources, which could be a precursor to future Citroen infotainment. We think that Citroen hit it out of the park with this one. If the company can match the claimed range and power while making it look even half as good as the concept, the company could have a Tesla and Porsche-fighter on its hands.

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