Citroen DS

DS’s X E-Tense con­cept is a 1,360bhp asym­met­ri­cal, elec­tric au­ton­o­mous vi­sion of 2035. With feath­ers

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DS – Citroen’s posh sis­ter brand – has dusted off its crys­tal ball and come up with some­thing elec­tri­cally driven and, sup­pos­edly, fully au­ton­o­mous. It also looks to­tally in­sane, thanks mostly to its wonky face. DS prefers to call it asym­met­ri­cal, and the idea is this: in a world where fully au­ton­o­mous cars ex­ist, we won’t sud­denly lose our driv­ing li­bidos.

Hence one side is a roof­less, fo­cused cock­pit con­tain­ing space for the driver and a steer­ing wheel. On the other side is your “sooth­ing co­coon”, a wider, cov­ered com­part­ment where you can re­lax and let the com­put­ers take the strain.

The chas­sis is be­spoke, but the pow­er­train is lifted from the 2018 For­mula E car and flipped. The bat­ter­ies are at the back, the mo­tors and gear­box are at the front, so FWD and with 270bhp, in re­al­ity. Ac­cord­ing to DS’s press re­lease, peak power stands at 540bhp for road use, and 1,360bhp in cir­cuit mode. DS’s press re­lease lies. Other no­table fea­tures in­clude a glass floor on the pas­sen­ger side, head­lights that ditch tra­di­tional clus­ters for en­tire ar­eas of body­work that light up, and goose feath­ers dec­o­rat­ing the head­rest on the pas­sen­ger side. Us nei­ther.

Reach to your left in the pas­sen­ger pod and a Ne­spresso ma­chine is hid­den un­der the arm­rest , ahead of you is a laser-etched wooden dash en­clos­ing a sound bar, and there’s even the pos­si­bil­ity to pro­ject TV shows and films onto the glass sur­faces. Or you could do what nor­mal peo­ple do and watch some­thing on your iPad while main­lin­ing Star­burst. The choice, in DS’s fu­ture, is en­tirely yours. JACK RIX

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Goose feath­ers, gull­wing doors and a face with a squint– bring on the next-gen DS3!

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