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New Citroën Metropolis concept photos released ahead of Shanghai debut


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Filed under: Concept Cars, Hybrid, Sedan, Citroën, Shanghai Motor Show, Luxury

Citroen Metropolis
Citroen Metropolis concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

Citroën rarely disappoints when it comes to concept cars. This year, for example, we've already gotten the Survolt and DS High Rider. Its latest effort steps up the luxury in a big way. The Citroën Metropolis concept , set to debut in Shanghai later this month, is a beautiful and very French take on the Maybach formula (whether PSA actually greenlights a production venture into such rarefied air remains to be seen.)

Some of the Metropoplis concept's lines are similar to those first seen on the GTbyCitroen supercar, but they're more elegant than outrageous as presented on this opulent saloon. A 460-horsepower hybrid powertrain has our interest piqued as well, but for now we'll have to keep ourselves content with the photo dump that just hit Citroën's media site. All the latest images are laid out in the high-resolution gallery below, desktop wallpaper-worthy images below, and begin counting down to this year's Paris salon to see what Citroën has in store for us next.

[source: Citroën]

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They have only two things remotely in common. One is the raised hips and the overall shape of the C-Pillar. However, the Estoque's C-Pillar is more slanted and it's greenhouse is overall thinner, and therefore it's quarter window is smaller. If we go by the logic the C-Pillars which bare a passing resemblance to each other means "remarkably similar" then they must be carbon copies of the Camaro with two extra doors since it too has this same basic design element. The other is the downward slope of the deck.

Otherwise, the proportion very different. The Metropolis has a much shorter front overhang, thinner body, taller greenhouse which is also less steeply raked. The character lines have no similarities at all unless you count their existence at all "similar" The front and rears fascias are nothing alike either. Also, the Metropolis has much softer lines VS the very sharp, Reventon-esque lines of the Estoque.

So if you were to say the rear profile area of the two cars has a passing resemblance towards each other, then sure. But they are not "remarkably similar"

Furthermore, it's not "remarkably similar" to a Nissan GTR because both have cooling ducts on the front fenders, nor is "remarkably similar" to a Mitsubishi Lancer because it has slender, contented headlights and a big grill.

Certainly one can see how elements of those three cars may have inspired the designers of the Metropolis, but they are not that similar.

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