Citroën has always been characterized by original designs and solutions. The 2CV, the DS of the 60s and 70s, the CX and most of the cars launched in the last 20 years have sought to break the codes and stand out from the competition in terms of style and comfort.
However, a mid-engined sports car has always been missing in the history of the French brand. One of the rare experiments in this field was Hoseaan extravagant model presented in 2001 at the Geneva Motor Show.
You had to dare!
Citroën is certainly at the origin of this concept, but it is not alone. Indeed, to achieve it, he counted on a major ally, Pininfarina. For the Turin-based company, these were the first years of its approach to the French automotive sector and, after designing the Peugeot 306 Convertible and 406 Coupehe had the desire to consolidate his partnership with PSA by launching a model capable of “daring” (to paraphrase the name of the concept).
The result is a curious prototype with a futuristic look and the shape of a thoroughbred supercar. With its 4.15 meters long and only 1.16 meters high, the Hosea was certainly able to attract attention and stand out thanks to some new additions for a Citroën model.
The car actually featured three seats, with the driver’s seat placed in the middle and the passenger seats pushed back like in the McLaren F1. Also, the concept had no doors, but, as with a jet, the entire cockpit was hydraulically raised by remote control. Also, an LCD screen was fitted in place of the exterior mirrors, showing the driver a rear view from inside the vehicle.
A failed project
How is it that, despite all these innovations, the Citroën Hosea was not produced? One of the main reasons was the engine: a 3.0 L V6 of 200 hp and 267 Nm associated with a 5-speed manual gearbox. These values were too low to make this sports car really attractive in a segment dominated at the time by models of at least 300 or 400 hp.
In addition, at the Geneva Motor Show, the Hosea (which nevertheless received the “Best in Show” award) was overshadowed in the media by the debut of the C5 Break, the wagon version of the French sedan. This is why, in the end, the relationship between Pininfarina and Citroën did not take off and the concept fell into oblivion.