THE NEW CITROňN DS3: ANTIDOTE TO BLANDNESS
CitroŽn has announced the new DS3 will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2009.
The DS3 will be the first model from CitroŽn’s brand
new DS line, a product range consisting of three distinctively styled,
attention-grabbing models that highlight the very best of CitroŽn’s
With razor sharp styling and a visually-arresting
design, DS3 is a radical take on the compact urban vehicle and a
contemporary breath of fresh air for the class.
Designed to meet the requirements of even the most
demanding connoisseur, DS3 offers an extensive array of style,
personalisation and quality materials for a bespoke and refined driving
experience, whilst at the same time embodying the very latest CitroŽn
technology including fuel-efficient, environmentally-considerate
Offering freedom of expression, the innovative DS3 provides extensive levels of personalisation – both inside and out.
In addition to a range of body shades, the DS3’s
distinctive ‘floating’ roof is available in a choice of four colours –
Black, White, Blue and Red – to contrast with the main body of the car.
The wing mirrors and rubbing strips can also be personalised in colours
or smart chrome finish and the wheels and wheel centres are available
in a wide spectrum of colours.
Inside, DS3 can offer further personalisation with the
dashboard strip – which encompasses the air vents, instrument cluster,
multi-function screens and even a scented air-fresher – in a choice of
The modern seat upholstery design is available in a
variety of coloured fabrics and leather; even the gear knob can be
tailored in five different trims, combining satin-finish chrome with an
array of colours and leather. The smart chrome touches which adorn the
DS3’s cabin will also be available in a satin-textured finish. You can
even carry a bit of your DS3 with you thanks to each distinctly styled
DS3 key fob featuring a disc coloured to match your choice of body
LOST IN SPACE
enjoyable and easy to live with, the DS3 combines high-end style with
practical versatility, creating an exceptionally spacious cabin out of
its compact external dimensions – a CitroŽn speciality.
One of the
smallest vehicles in its class – 3.95m long, 1.71m wide and 1.46m high
– the DS3’s interior belies its neat frame, setting a new class
standard for spaciousness. The result of extensive work on the
architecture of the car’s interior design, occupants can enjoy levels
of roominess normally associated with models in the segment above.
A ‘raised’ dashboard design creates increased amounts of front leg room
whilst the slender front seats and intelligent rear design increases
space for rear occupants with all passengers able to enjoy five
full-sized seats and ample arm, leg and headroom.
The DS3 also boasts the largest boot in its class at 285-litres, and
for additional load capacity the 60:40 split-fold rear bench can be
tumbled forward in a single, effortless movement.
is available with CitroŽn’s latest in-car technology such as the
integrated MyWay satellite navigation unit which incorporates a
sophisticated audio and multimedia system, wide format colour screen,
MP3 and WMA compatible CD player and Bluetoothģ hands free kit.
Providing exceptional acoustic clarity, the audio system benefits from
a third speaker in the middle of the upper dashboard as well as an
amplified subwoofer mounted in the boot for a broader frequency
response and immersive audio experience.
A convenient range of
driving aids will also be available including cruise control with speed
limiter, and an intelligent indicator which recommends the optimal
moment for gear changes allowing drivers to improve their fuel economy
and lower CO2 emissions.
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CitroŽn’s creative talent for innovative vehicle design manifests itself on every feature of the DS3.
From all angles, the car’s undeniable on-road presence and refreshing
style is evident with stand-out elements such as the colour-contrasted
‘floating roof’, ‘shark fin’ B-pillar and sleek design of the front LED
lights – a desirable feature usually seen on premium models.
Inside, the atmosphere in the cabin is one of class and contemporary
elegance with an exceptional attention to detail and an extensive use
of luxury materials such as leather and chrome. The upper part of the
flowing dashboard echoes the floating roof. Thermo-coated components
are used throughout – an organic, soft grain material, which contrasts
perfectly with the smooth, lacquered effect of the strip runs the full
width of the dash from driver to passenger side.
ENERGY AND ELEGANCE
that environmentally-considerate motoring doesn’t mean having to
compromise on style or performance, the DS3 will be available with a
choice of five CO2-efficient Euro V power plants consisting
of two HDi diesel units and three BMW co-developed petrol engines,
combining refined performance with strong fuel economy.
two HDi diesels – a 90bhp and an 110bhp – are fitted with CitroŽn’s
lauded DPFS (Diesel Particulate Filter System) and the three petrol
engines – VTi 95, VTi 120 and THP 150 – are fitted with either 5 or 6
speed manual gearboxes.
Fully in line with CitroŽn’s commitment to producing cleaner, more
environmentally considerate vehicles, the two HDi DPFS engines will
deliver ultra low CO2 emissions of just 99g/km and 115/g km, whilst the petrol units will emit between 136g/km and 160g/km.
FUN AT THE WHEEL
cockpit-inspired driving position puts the driver firmly in control
with a sports-styled instrument cluster featuring three conical dials,
small-diameter wheel and low-slung, body-hugging seats. DS3 delivers a
nimble driving experience with a turning circle of around 10.3m also
making it a surefooted companion for manoeuvring around cramped urban
Building upon CitroŽn’s extensive experience in
producing smooth running-gear, DS3 delivers impressive ride comfort
together with responsive road-handling and dynamic poise. Drivers also
benefit from excellent body roll control, responsive and confident
cornering thus providing a secure and fulfilling drive.
PLAY IT SAFE
The DS3 is designed
with an emphasis on robustness, strength and optimum safety to ensure
protection for all occupants. For reassuring control in any driving
situation DS3 models will feature as standard ESP, ABS with EBD
(Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and EBA (Emergency Brake Assist)
as well as six airbags and Isofix anchor points on the rear side seats.
The DS3 will arrive in the UK in Spring 2010. ‘On Sale’
date, prices and further details on this exciting new CitroŽn model
will be announced in the forthcoming months. The DS3 will join
CitroŽn’s latest vehicle range as the Company continues its 90th birthday celebrations at the Frankfurt Motor Show which runs from 15th to the 27th of September.
The new DS3 will be manufactured at PSA Peugeot
CitroŽn’s Poissy plant in France. An ISO 9001-certified production
centre, it is equipped with the very latest in production tools and