Citroen DS4 set for Geneva debut

The premium model, which is based on the standard C4 hatchback, will spawn a new concept car called the DS4 Purple at the show, which has used techniques from ‘jewellery craft’ in its design.

The four-door Citroen DS4 is the second model in Citroen’s DS Line, a new series of cars aimed at offering more premium and styling alternatives to Citroen’s range of cars.

Citroen’s DS4 follows the smaller DS3 supermini with distinctive DS Line styling, including a more muscular stance, a new grille at the front and more premium materials inside.

Extra features include chrome inserts on the wing mirrors and window surrounds and flashy 19" alloy wheels.

The design has won recognition already, picking up the Most Beautiful Car of the Year award in an online poll at the 26th International Automobile Festival this month.

The full production model will be on display at Geneva alongside the DS4 Purple concept – a design intended to show the direction Citroen can go in terms of special editions for the popular DS Line.

Two other Citroen cars, the C3 supermini and C6 saloon, will also be unveiled in special edition concept form at the show.

The C3 Red Block and C6 ‘Noir et Blanc’ will be revealed at the show and the expected changes over the standard models are expected to cosmetic.

This will include a new exterior paint job and new materials inside. However, Citroen has not revealed if the concepts will go on sale in the UK or how much they will cost.

A busy show for Citroen will also include the new fully electric, four-seat C-Zero, which is on sale in the UK now on a four-year lease contract.

The final model on the Citroen stand will be the DS3 WRC, the World Rally Car based on the DS3 supermini. After the show, the Ds3 WRc will compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship – a title Citroen has won in the previous seven years.