Geneva 2010: Citroën’s Surprising Survolt Concept

Automobile Staff

We’ve come to expect wacky concept cars from Citroën, but the French automaker surprised us by unveiling another oddball show car at the 2010 Geneva motor show.

Citroën bills the Survolt concept as a blend of “high-fashion, extravagance, and more than a hint of motor racing punch.” We’re told it’s an evolution of the Revolte concept shown at last year’s Frankfurt motor show, but the new concept bears as much resemblance to the original as Boyd Coddington’s CheZoom does to a stock ’57 Chevy.

Although some of the 2CV-inspired design cues are retained (notably the beveled hood, roofline, and sweeping side spear), the Survolt is lower, wider, and much more aggressive than its retro-styled predecessor. The car also appears to borrow much of its “motorsport” graphics, flared fenders, and underbody aero treatment from the GTbyCitroën concept, which stole the Paris show back in 2008.

Citroën’s shy about the details, but does note the car sports an all-electric powertrain -- quite possibly making it the millionth eco-friendly sports car design on display this week in Switzerland. We wouldn’t be surprised if the show car shared much of its driveline with the Revolt, which was configured as an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV).

As usual, it’s extremely unlikely that the outlandish Survolt will ever see an assembly line, but it does signal that Citroën is increasingly interested in expanding its use of hybrid and electric powertrains in years to come.

Source: Citroën

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