Citroen Tubik concept car unveiled

* High-tech executive shuttle * Diesel hybrid power * Nine-seat cabin...

Citroen Tubik concept car unveiled

The Citroen Tubik concept car will make its debut at the Frankfurt motor show. Citroen describes the Tubik as an executive shuttle designed to make travel meaningful and enjoyable'.

The Tubiks styling has been partly influenced by Citroens Type H van, which was produced between 1947 and 1981. The Tubik has a futuristic look, however, with a front section that stands apart from the main body and an unusual two-tone finish. At 4.8 metres, its the same length as a Ford Galaxy, but is significantly taller.

The interior has nine modular seats, in three rows. Each seat moves independently and a number of layouts are possible. The first row can face either forwards or backwards. The middle row can seat three people, be converted into a small table, or fold onto the last row.

The driver sits in an area Citroen calls the cyclotron a system that groups the seat, pedal assembly, steering wheel and circular head-up display in one circular form.

The Tubik uses Citroens Hybrid4 diesel hybrid powertrain, while there are 22-inch alloy wheels and very-low-rolling-resistance tyres.

Citroen isnt likely to build a production version of the Tubik, but the styling particularly at the front gives a clue to design elements that could appear on its future models.