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1999 Chrysler Citadel concept

Chrysler’s designers seemed near unstoppable through the 1990s. They did have a couple fumbles but closed out the decade and century on a high note with the 1999 Chrysler Citadel concept.


1999 Chrysler Citadel concept

Interestingly, Chrysler made reference to “Art & Science” in its press material, three years before the phrase became synonymous with Cadillac. However, lead exterior designer Akino Tsuchiya’s interpretation was more fluid as his goal was to blend art deco with the essence of a contemporary European luxury sedan.


1999 Chrysler Citadel concept

While yet early in the CUV game, the Citadel was conceived as a 300M with extra space. In fact, it was built on a Concord platform that had been lengthened by a foot and converted to RWD. Actually, AWD since two Siemens Automotive electric motors were fitted up front. Its hybrid powertrain put out a combined 305 hp.


1999 Chrysler Citadel concept

The Citadel’s interior showed signs of Chrysler’s impending minimalist phase but still appeared luxurious. An interesting side note is that it was designed with disabled drivers and passengers in mind, including sliding rear doors. Kudos for that.


1999 Chrysler Citadel concept

I know it’s just a concept but for a design that is coming up on two decades old, there is nothing whimsical or silly-looking about it. It could be introduced as a concept today (minus the interior) and still look stunning.