Citroen’s luxury car brand DS has presented the Aero Sport Lounge ahead of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, where it will go on display from March 3.
Designed to optimize air flow, the 5-meter (196.0-in) long coupe-SUV concept features a grille shaped to direct air to the sides and pass it to the specially-styled 23-inch wheels.
Other highlights include the screen in the grille that hides away an array of sensors, LED headlights and DRLs, as well as the ‘DS Light Veil’ illuminated sheets that preview the company’s future design signature.
Inside, the Aero Sport Lounge adopts a very bold approach. For starters, it has two wide strips that replace the traditional screens; the lower one, clad in satin cotton, is used to display the information projected from the one above. Each occupant has their own screen to keep them busy on long journeys, with another pair of displays relaying live footage from the digital mirrors.
The instrument cluster was replaced by a head-up display that uses augmented reality to project the information onto the windscreen, and the car also has an artificial intelligence system named Iris and haptic control with 3D ultrasound, a tech developed in cooperation with a Silicon Valley lab.
DS has stayed away from vegan leather and recycled plastic, using instead some unusual materials: straw marquetry for the back of the seats and dashboard, and satin cotton and high-density mousse for the seats for enhanced comfort. In addition, the door cards are covered in a transparent microfiber.
The Aero Sport Lounge is not only clever, but also very fast. Nought to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) takes only 2.8 seconds, courtesy of the 670 HP (680 PS / 500 kW) electric motor derived from the DS Tcheetah Formula E racer. The floor-mounted 100 kWh battery provides it with a range of more than 400 miles (650 km).