The Curb is powered by a turbocharged
1.6-liter Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) four-cylinder engine mated to Direct
Shift Gearbox (DSG). This powertrain develops 175 horsepower and 169 lb. ft. of
torque. By adding Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology, the Curb would deliver 30+
miles per gallon in the city and 40+ miles per gallon on the highway.
Connectivity is the theme for the interior,
which is why information flows seamlessly from outside to inside of the Curb.
"The goal was to make sure passengers felt connected to each other and the
urban environment around them," said Bradley Arnold, Curb interior designer. "We
wanted to empower the passengers with information and make them feel that the
exterior was connected to the interior."
A large acrylic screen with
multiple zones allows information to be passed between passengers all via a
touchscreen that appears endless. It flows like a river from the gauge cluster
to the center stack controls, across the instrument panel and all the way into
back seat. The steering wheel itself is an opaque surface with a monitor showing
through. There are also monitors in the back of the headrests. A Heads Up
Display (HUD) provided by Continental with navigation keeps the drivers eyes on
the road, while passengers search for their favorite channel on Pandora. Drivers
are able to navigate their music via a 3-D carousel of album cover art as well
as view the related cover art for a currently playing track. Cameras also
replace the side mirrors and are linked to the HUD. The screen can also display
vehicle diagnostics, download apps and act as a video phone all with a single
touch sensor control strip provided by Methode.
To bring the outside
look inside, the Curb designers had the rocker panels flow into the interior of
the vehicle to create a seamless design. The Curb links its interior and
exterior designs together by having the rocker panels viewable from the exterior
flow into the interior. The three-holed open truss structured A-pillars enhance
the driver's cornering visibility, structurally support the roof and are made
from a single milled piece. This metal structure connects everything together.
Saffron accents inside match the ones on the tires. The saffron accents
appear as a gradient pattern on the seats, which are made of super-stretch,
fast-drying board short material. The rear seat also has forward and aft
When it comes to storage capacity, Curb has rear head rests
mounted to its robust frame, rather than to the seats. These head rests swivel
up into the roof, allowing the rear seats to fold flat.
Generation Y wants to be connected to their electronics at all
times. Inside the Curb, a driver could be listening to their favorite station on
Pandora, cruising the city and get a phone call from a friend. Using Blue Link,
the caller's location shows up as a Point-of-Interest (POI). The friend tells
the driver that he just discovered a great band playing at a local club and
invites him to come. His location then becomes the destination for the
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