Citroen C-Airdream concept
by Nick Hull
With the C-Airdream, a sporting 2+2 coupe, Citroen continues to explore the language of advanced styling.
The classic Citroen ingredients of a long wheelbase, steeply raked windscreen, long front overhang and chopped rear are combined to give this concept a very distinctive proportion, which is enhanced by a body with clean contours and flowing lines. The contemporary surface treatment displays a flow of form language from front to rear in the same way as the iconic DS and SM achieved in their day. The fender crown line, for instance, moves from crisp to soft as it moves towards the rear. The rear view also develops the Citroen theme of an unexpected edge to the design as the viewer moves around the car. Brightwork is handled in a new way with a sliver of chrome running right from the headlamp over the A-pillar to the end of the cantrail.
In contrast to the exterior, the interior rejects all use of bright metal and aluminium as a deliberate antidote to the current trend towards product design of many interiors. The interior theme aims to create an air of mystery to the design. A new use of internal lighting, which diffuses through the silicon-look dashboard, sets off the subtle mix of very dark, glossy and matte chocolate leathers used throughout the interior, relieved by an ivory steering wheel and centre console. Seats are trimmed in a raw hide moire-look leather, while shiny piano black gloss is used for switches and hard insert areas.
The vast panoramic glazed roof allows light to flood into the passenger to create a comfortable, sensuous and relaxed atmosphere. Both rear seats can be folded, making the vehicle more versatile by offering additional luggage space.