This crossover coupé-SUV develops themes from the C-Metisse concept shown at Paris two years ago and adds some creative new ingredients for Citroën design language. The front and rear ends continue the vertical blade inlets seen previously, combined with boomerang-shaped lights and 22" Montupet polished alloy wheels.
The side view is characterized by a pronounced undercut directly below the beltline, offset with a complimentary lightcatcher in the lower door area with large chrome ‘sabre' decoration. Talking to CDN, head of Citroën concept cars Carlo Bonzanigo explained his aim to add more 3D form rather than simply 2D graphics on surfaces. "For example, the chevron logo at both front and rear ends has more section in it than before and the lower chevron feeds out to frame the rear air outlet". While the general surface treatment of the car is fresh, some designers we spoke to felt the multiple layers and the level of detailing were too busy and detracted from the overall design.
The interior by designers Leanne Earley and Francois Duris is remarkable for its originality of forms and the extremely complex interplay of 3D shapes, 2D graphics and use of light. From two meters away, it's very difficult to figure out whether the rainbow seat colors are simply achieved using light or else are embedded in a new material. In fact it's laquer sprayed directly on the in-situ leather, supported by projected light from the roof. The dominant theme is the four deep shell-like seats in a staggered configuration and the colored controls that swivel out of the spiral theme on the center console. Overall, there's a wealth of new thinking on this car that's very refreshing and clearly makes the Hypnos a contender for Star of the Show.
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