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(The Gear Loop) - Citroën has dropped the silk sheet on its latest concept car: a beefed-up version of the diminutive electric Ami that Citroën claims is "dedicated to leisure and designed for adventure".

Purely a design concept for now, the French marque let its creative bods run wild, allowing them to take inspiration from everyday objects, such as furniture and lighting, as well as high fashion items like sneakers, hiking boots and camping accessories.

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The exterior of the cute all-electric Ami quadricycle is still recognisable, although it has been shrouded in hefty bull-bars, black contrasting trim and protective headlight grilles, as if it was about to tackle the Dakar Rally.

Chunky tyres, wheel arch extensions and a safari-style roof rack add to its adventurous look, while a full width lightbar at the front is arguably the icing on the cake. In addition to this, the regular Ami doors have been removed and replaced by transparent rainproof panels for use in bad weather - a nod to the famous Citroën Méhari that was often found cruising beach fronts with a surfboard sticking out of it.

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So, just how practical is the Buggy Concept? The answer remains "not very", because it’s still a tiny two-seater with a relatively puny battery pack and electric motor. However, My Ami Buggy Concept features new Advanced Comfort seat cushions, where the foam has been increased from 35mm in Ami Electric to 70mm for Ami Buggy, so at least buttocks are protected.

In addition to this, attention has been lavished on storage areas and highly flexible luggage options, some of which can be removed from the vehicle and worn by the driver or passenger - referred to in this case as the "pilot" and "co-pilot". Cringe.

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But let’s remind ourselves of the performance figures and specs before we get too excited about the next electric off-road adventure. After all, Ami still only packs a 5.5kWh battery and an 8bhp e-motor. This sees a top speed of 28mph and a 43-mile range on the road… we dread to think of what that ends up when bumping off the beaten path.

Alas, it looks cool and the Ami was originally designed to be a low cost transport solution that could be easily and quickly repaired thanks to its symmetrical right and left flanks, reducing the amount of panels and pieces required to manufacture it. 

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So at least if you crash the Ami Buggy Concept out in the wilderness, the repair bill isn’t going to be astronomical. 

Writing by Leon Poultney.