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DS 4, DRIVEABLE AND EFFICIENT

The DS 4 ̶ a premium C* segment vehicle ̶ made its European debut in 2011. Today, it is sold on four continents and has won 110,000 customers around the world.

To mark the start of its third full year on the market, the DS 4 is now available in a two-tone version with a choice of three roof colours, new engines and a range of connected services.


In November, the DS 4 gained two new engines, respecting the Euro 6 standard and delivering greater power and fuel efficiency: the new PureTech 130 3-cylinder petrol unit and the new BlueHDi 120 diesel unit. Torque is increased by 44% and 11% respectively, while CO2 emissions are cut by 19% and 12% compared with the Euro 5 engines replaced (VTi 120 and e-HDi 115).

“The DS 4 delivers a ride on a par with its styling: a driving position similar to a saloon but higher, along with response, performance and a unique road feel,” says Yves Bonnefont, CEO of the DS Brand. “With these new styling features and high-tech innovations, it will reaffirm its status as a C-segment premium vehicle.”


ATTENTION TO DETAIL

The DS 4 is designed to set high standards of refinement, on both the inside and outside. For example:

  • as of September 2014, personalised colour choices for the roof and spoiler. Three colours are available to customers:black, whisper and virtual blue (Note: rearview mirror housing possible, depending on country). A standard offering unique in the premium hatchback segment!

  • cabin design is both refined and comfortable. The best example of this approach lies in the choice of leather: the type of leather used (semi-aniline) sets the standard in this field and the ‘watch strap’ design is exclusive. Further, the dashboard is covered in ‘nappa’ leather with precisely adjusted top stitching that demanded 15 hours of handcrafting.

Other noteworthy features include the blind spot monitoring system, rotary xenon headlights (a nod to the original DS) and massage seats.


ENGINES DEVELOPED FOR EFFICIENCY AND PERFORMANCE

1.1 PureTech 130 S&S engine / 6-speed manual gearbox

Designed and built in France, the PureTech engines are a new family of 3-cylinder petrol engines based on innovative, efficient and economical technologies.

In 2014, the PureTech family gained a turbocharged version, the PureTech 130 S&S, the first petrol engine developed by the PSA PEUGEOT CITROĖN Group to respect the Euro 6 standard. Delivering plenty of torque from low revs and across a broad brand, this powertrain revisits the driveability of petrol engines, further enhancing the punch and performance of the DS 4. The technologies used set remarkable standards in performance while keeping CO2 emissions on a par with the best: the PureTech 130 S&S engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 19% compared with its 4-cylinder predecessor (VTi 120).

Exceptional driving pleasure

With its 3-cylinder layout and advanced technologies (new-generation turbocharger, direct injection, variable intake and exhaust timing system, etc.), this engine was developed to meet stringent specifications in performance and consumption, while delivering exceptional driveability.

Developing 96 kW (130 bhp) at 5,500 rpm (9% more than its predecessor, the VTi 120) and maximum torque of 230 Nm (44% higher than the VTi 120) from 1,750 rpm (vs 4,250 on the VTi120), the PureTech 130 S&S engine meets high standards in performance. The 6-speed manual gearbox further increases driving pleasure.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions on a par with the best in class

The DS 4 features significantly lower fuel consumption with its:

  • optimised combustion: centrally positioned high-pressure direct injection, optimised injector position and spray shape, increased injection pressure of up to 200 bars, improved internal aerodynamics of the combustion chamber and a variable intake and exhaust timing function;

  • reduced internal friction: crankshaft sizing, offset cylinders a lubricated timing belt, use of a DLC (diamond-like carbon) low-friction coating on the piston pins, rings and push rods, and an oil pump controlled electronically to provide just the right amount of lubrication. In this way, friction is 30% lower than on the best engine made by the competition.

In consequence, the DS4 PureTech 130 S&S with a 6-speed manual gearbox consumes 5l/100 km for CO2 emissions of 116g/km with 16’’ wheels (5.1 l/100 km for CO2 emissions of 119g/km with 17’’ wheels).

1.2 BlueHDi 120 engine / 6-speed manual gearbox

At the end of 2013, DS rolled out a new generation of diesel engines called BlueHDi, designed to anticipate the Euro 6 standard.

The BlueHDi 120 engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox now available on the DS 4 allies excellent performance with particularly low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions owing to:

An optimised diesel engine

The BlueHDi 120 engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox is an upgrade of the 1.6l HDi Euro version:

improved internal efficiency, fewer mechanical losses (special combustion chamber, new rings, new diamond-like carbon coating).

The BlueHDi 120 with a 6-speed manual gearbox has capacity of 1,560 cm3 for maximum power of 88 kW (120 bhp EEC) at 3,500 rpm and maximum torque of 300 Nm at 1,750 rpm. The Stop&Start function with a reinforced starter delivers a range of benefits including lower fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. It is also silent when stationary. The engine takes no more than around 500 ms to start up again, less than the time necessary to put the car into gear. Both cut-out and re-start are transparent for the driver.

An innovative and efficient exhaust line:

The BlueHDi 120 exhaust line comprises:

an oxidation catalytic converter positioned at the engine exhaust to eliminate the hydrocarbons (HC) and carbon monoxide (CO) produced through combustion;

an SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) module, positioned upstream of the particulate filter. With the injection of Adblue® (a mixture of water and urea), the module transforms up to 90% of nitrogen oxides (NOx) into inoffensive water vapour (H2O) and nitrogen (N2);

an additive particulate filter, launched as a world first in 2000 by the PSA PEUGEOT CITROĖN Group designed to eliminate up to 99.9% of particulates in number.

The innovative and unique feature of this exhaust line lies in its specific layout: the SCR module positioned upstream of the additive particulate filter is the only after-treatment system able to reduce NOx emissions by up to 90% as well as reducing CO2 emissions by up to 4%.

In consequence, a DS 4 equipped with the BlueHDi 120 engine and 6-speed manual gearbox consumes 3.7l/100 km over a combined cycle for CO2 emissions of 97g/km with 16’’ wheels (3.8l/100 km for 100g of CO2/km with 17’’ wheels).


DS CONNECT: THE DS RANGE OF CONNECTED SERVICES

DS Connect is a range of innovative connected services developed to satisfy the expectations of our customers in the areas of safety, time-savings, budget management and comfort. The DS is available with DS Connect BOX and Scan MyDS.

DS Connect BOX

DS Connect BOX is a suite of connected services which use GPS and an on-board SIM card. Users can access the services they need to enhance their comfort and save time throughout the vehicle’s life time.

The DS Connect BOX is currently available with a localised emergency call and assistance service known as the SOS & Assistance Pack and a Monitoring Pack.

SOS & Assistance Pack

If a road user has an accident or feels ill, the driver can press the “SOS” button to contact the emergency call centre directly. An operator will identify and locate the call automatically to provide assistance and send out the emergency services if necessary. In the event of a more serious accident, the DS will send out an emergency call automatically, saving customers precious time in a situation where every minute counts. In the event of a breakdown, the driver can press the “Brand” button to contact the assistance service. An operator will retrieve the information needed for an initial diagnosis and send out roadside assistance if needed.

This service allows customers to be located quickly in order to speed up response times.

Monitoring Pack

  • This pack comprises a virtual maintenance manual and eco-driving module, both available from the customer’s personal page.

  • The virtual maintenance manual informs the customer of upcoming scheduled servicing operations and any maintenance required, along with notification of any alerts concerning the vehicle.

  • The eco-driving module analyses the way the driver handles the car and gives hints and tips on reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The Monitoring Pack thereby contributes to peace of mind with respect to servicing, enabling customers to optimise their automotive budget while also contributing to environmental protection.

The DS Connect BOX is potentially available on all DS vehicles (DS 3, DS 3 Cabrio, DS 4 and DS 5). Today, 200,000 DS vehicles are already equipped with the SOS & Assistance Pack. The suite of services with the SOS & Assistance Pack is available from €310.

From early 2015, two new services will be added to the range.

  • The Mapping Pack to find the car easily or lend it to another driver with complete peace of mind. This function tracks the use and position of the car. Customers can make sure that the use of their DS corresponds to the criteria previously specified on their personal page (e.g. timeframes or geographical areas). They will receive an e-mail alert if the vehicle is used outside the specified hours and areas. Customers can also locate their vehicle using their

  • Smartphone, displaying in real time the position, last parking place or last routes taken.

The Tracking Pack provides 24/7 assistance in the event of theft. In this case, the pack makes the work of the police easier by indicating the location of the car.

Scan MyDS

Scan MyDS is a free smartphone app to help drivers find information quickly about a control, feature or function on their car. The app uses image recognition to display information from the vehicle handbook directly on a smartphone.

Users can easily find answers to their questions in this intuitive app which is available around the clock.

Scan MyDS also lists all the warning lights and provides their meaning plus suggested action.

The app is available free of charge from the customer’s personal page, or can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.


About the DS brand
A French brand born in Paris, DS was officially founded on 1 June 2014. Its ambition is to revive the tradition of premium vehicles in the French
automotive industry. Drawing on the very best of French know-how, DS perpetuates the values of innovation and distinction inherited from the first
DS, launched in 1955. Designed for customers looking for a means to express themselves as individuals, the DS range now comprises the DS 3,
DS 3 Cabrio, DS 4, DS 5, DS 5LS* and DS 6* . Featuring remarkable styling, sensations and refinement, the DS range also stands apart for its
technology, in particular the Hybrid4 four-wheel-drive hybrid diesel drive train available on the DS 5. Marketed in Europe by CITROĖN, in dedicated
showroom areas, DS boasts its own network of sales outlets in China. For customers, DS has come to represent a brand experience that goes beyond
the product to include a range of exclusive premium services, in particular through the DS Privilege Club. DS confirmed its worldwide success in
2013 with sales of 120,000 units. The brand has sold 500,000 vehicles since launch.
* available in China only
Ⓒ DS Presse, Paris,, 8 December 2014 / Citroėnėt