The Citroen Tubik is set to make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week but as a design study, it is unlikely to ever make it into production for road use.
Instead, the designs and technology used in the Tubik could influence the next generation of Citroen road cars and vans.
The Citroen Tubik is a modern design, but certain aspects such as the front end are reminiscent of the Citroen H Type van, Citroen’s long-running van from the 1970s.
However, inside the van-like rear end (access is through two side doors) the interior is a completely modern take on the people carrier.
A flexible nine-seat configuration has been designed to be as versatile as possible, with seats capable of being folded and turned to suit passenger’s needs.
The upmarket concept also adds felt seats, a leather floor and a large multimedia screen to the interior, which also includes the option of turning the second row into a table.
For the driver, a large screen displays sat-nav and other information, while the ‘cyclotron’ design incorporates the seat, pedals, steering wheel and head-up display in a single futuristic cockpit.
While the new people carrier layout used inside the Tubik and the styling on the outside is new, Citroen has used the launch of the new concept to display its HYbrid4 technology once again.
The technology, shared with Peugeot and set to appear in the likes of the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 and Citroen DS5, is the world’s first mass-produced diesel hybrid engine.
The four-wheel drive system uses the diesel engine to power the front wheels and the rear wheels via an electric motor. The result is lower CO2 emissions than diesel cars, says Citroen.