Considering the Citroen headquarters is only miles away from Parc des Expositions, the exhibition ground where the Paris Motor Show takes place, you can imagine the French car maker did everything they could to impress everyone. Among other premiers, they announced the Citroen Lacoste Concept, a futuristic concept car developed with famous French fashion house Lacoste.
According to Citroen, “the Citroën Lacoste Concept is both resolutely Citroën and typically Lacoste. Positioned at the crossroads of the automotive world, where fashion and sport meet, it makes a number of references to all three sectors. The technology on board also strikes a playful note, underlining the apparent paradox between design expertise and lightness of tone.”
“Two names, Citroën and Lacoste, have come together with a shared vision – to cultivate boldness, creativity and optimism. The result of these common values: the new Citroën Lacoste Concept.”
Well, the first impression is that the car’s weird. Not necessarily ugly-weird, but you don’t know if you like it, either. And if you’re thinking it looks like a fancy golf cart, you’re not that far from the truth, because the car’s design features a high waistline, bulging wings and…wait for it…golf ball-style alloy wheels.
Also, Citroen is emphasizing a lot the “open air” nature of this car with a set of features aimed at offering a fresh and relaxing journey with plenty of air. First of all, the obvious, there is no roof. Instead, there’s a T-shaped structure that extends back to the boot, like a “backbone”. And there’s no hard top, but an auto-inflatable hood (invisible at first glance) that deploys all the way along the “backbone” to form a soft top roof.
And, of course, open-air means there are no doors, which have been replaced by cut-outs. And while Citroen says that passengers who seat in the back will have a lot of fun by simply jumping onto the rear bench, I seriously doubt everyone, except maybe dogs, will appreciate this. And to make the open-air experience complete, the front windshield can be completely lowered out (definitely not a good idea at any speed). Also, Citroen offers specially designed sports equipment for the Lacoste, including tennis racquets, golf clubs, skis, a surfboard or a bike.
On the interior, the Lacoste Concept follows the minimalistic design of the exterior, with a two-spoke steering wheel that can be moved against the upper dashboard to ease passenger access, while a funky fascia strip on the dashboard serves as the car’s display screen (messages appear as icons with oversized pixel, making a reference to the first video games).
There are no details about the powertrain or any other technology used for this car and if you’d expect some electric system, you’re wrong, because the only thing Citroen mentions is that the car is powered by a “3-cylinder petrol engine with plenty of performance on tap to power a vehicle of this size and weight. With its light timbre, the flexible, economical and ecological powerplant is a perfect match for the car’s “back to essentials” nature”. So I guess we’ll just have to wait for the Paris Motor Show to find out more about the Lacoste Concept car.