Concept cars always arouse a lot of discussion. However, the recently unveiled Citroën Oli even shocked many people.
Despite the fact that we are able to say about really many, in fact about all areas of technology nowadays that they are thriving, the automotive industry can very much throw up its hands. Nowadays, successive generations of the same cars can really differ strongly from one another. New technologies in the context of safety systems, infotainment or comfort make traveling by car more and more pleasant, and the vehicles themselves acquire new functionalities.
Despite this, however, we are still looking passionately into the future, and concept cars can undoubtedly help us with this. Sometimes, as in the case mentioned below, they play with a bit of a glass ball, trying to predict distant trends, while others are not announcements of major changes in brand philosophy and car creation, but projects that are definitely realistic. In the case under discussion today, we are dealing without any doubt with the former option.
In recent years, the Citroen brand has been famous for creating truly unobvious cars. The C4 Cactus model, which was ridiculed at first, not only breathed second life into the brand from a design angle, but also pushed car sales themselves. Cars like the C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross are doing really well. However, it’s clear that Citroen is still not afraid to take bold steps forward, as it proves with its latest concept project, the Ola.
Why such a specific name? It is simply a phonetic transcription of the word all-ë, meaning all-e. Of course, this emphasizes the fact that we are dealing with an electric car, which is even obvious in the case of the latest concept cars. Stopping at the technical aspects, the car weighs a ton thanks to the use of a tiny 40 kWh battery, which is expected to provide a range of as much as 400 kilometers anyway. What strikes the eye most is the appearance. It’s hard to really describe it – you only have to glance at it to see that the automotive world is definitely not ready for such a design at the moment.
That’s not all – the floor and seats created from easily recycled materials, the modularity and ability to simply expand the Olie’s functionality, as well as the flat and simple contours create a really interesting impression.
Citroen Oli is a concept that is truly ambitious. But can cars of the future really look like this? Well, how many times have concept designs passed by reality. While we can’t take away the avant-garde nature of the Oli, we nevertheless doubt that a car in this design style will ever appear in mass production. But hey, who’s forbidden to dream?
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