The Citroen Ami has won plenty of fans since it was revealed: it will only be sold in the UK due to high public demand. We’ve already seen the passenger and cargo versions of the tiny city car, but now the French firm has found a way to make it even more desirable: it’s created an off-road beach buggy version.
The new all-electric Citroen My Ami Buggy Concept showcases what a rugged version of the quadricycle could look like. It has echoes of beach buggy conversions of the original Mini and Volkswagen Beetle – although even smaller, and with more French flair.
As the pictures show, the new concept contains extensive design changes from the original Ami in order to turn it into a versatile off-roader (and, we reckon, to make it look real cool too).
The big changes include the removal of the doors – with tubular protectors put in their place – chunky off-road tyres and a roof-mounted spare wheel. Inspired by hardcore off-roaders, the My Ami Buggy Concept also has bull bars and metal grille covers for the lights.
The front edge of the bonnet features a sun strip and an LED light strip for use at night (either for driving, or as a spotlight). And in a concession to practicality, storage bags on the side protectors house rainproof canvasses that can shield the occupants from the elements if it rains.
The interior has also received a major overall, including reworked seats with extra padding (to protect your posterior when bouncing around on rough surfaces) and washable covers. There are also new storage areas, a special luggage set that can be fixed to certain parts of the car and a special camera holder that can be placed on four different anchoring points on the machine’s frame. Because if you’ve been driving the My Ami Buggy Concept you’ll probably want to show it off.
As with the regular Citroen Ami, because the machine is technically a quadricycle it can be driven by those aged 14 and up. There are no words on technical details for the off-road version, although as a concept it will likely retain the powertrain of the original, which has a top speed of 28mph. But how fast do you need to go when cruising off-road?
Citroen has given no word on any production plans for a buggy version of the Ami. But keep your fingers crossed: the firm didn’t plan to sell either the passenger or cargo versions in the UK, but couldn’t ignore the public demand. We’ll be at the front of the queue to try a buggy version if they were to do so.