Citroen teases new DS4 hatchback

Following the successful DS3 supermini, the DS4 will be unveiled in the metal at the Paris Motor Show in September before arriving in UK showrooms in late 2011.

As the DS3 was loosely based on the C3 supermini, Citroen has added the DS line’s distinctive styling and premium interior to the C4 in the shape of the DS4.

This means a coupe-like body style housing with what Citroen calls a 2+2 door system and three full-sized rear seats.

Outside the DS4 boasts aggressive, muscular styling and a sloping coupe roofline. At the rear, Citroen has added a spoiler with chrome highlights and the LED daytime running lights are similar to those on the DS3.

Inside, Citroen has continued focusing on a more premium feel to the revived DS name. This includes a sculptured dashboard with chrome-surround dials, a choice of five leather upholstery options, ambient lighting and a panoramic windscreen.

The DS4 is decked out with plenty of technology in the cabin in keeping with the brand’s ‘Creative Technologie’ signature. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, three instrument panel colours, a sound system, massaging front seats, emergency calls system with in-built SIM card, front fog lamps, blind spot monitoring system and cruise control.

Under the bonnet, buyers will have a choice of two diesel and three petrol Euro 5 compliant engines, all of which are fitted with manual or EGS six-speed gearboxes.

At the bottom of the petrol engine range – which was co-developed by German manufacturer BMW – is the VTi 120. Moving up the range, a THP 155 and the THP 200 are based on the 1.6-litre petrol engine.

The diesel options include an HDI 160 and a smaller HDI 110, which is also available as a low-CO2 e-HDI version. The e-HDI system includes 15 per cent components made from recycled materials, Stop & Start, an e-booster to restart the engine in 0.4 seconds, energy recovery when braking and an electronic gearbox system.

The result, says Citroen, is 15 per cent fewer CO2 emissions in built-up urban environments.

Prices and full details of the Citroen DS4 will be announced closer to the launch date, but the hatchback is expected to continue the success of the Citroen DS3 and even lead to a performance model similar to the Citroen DS3 Racing.