Citroen DS5 details unveiled

The five-seat car is the latest in Citroen’s DS Line of more upmarket cars, and the manufacturer has confirmed it will be the first Citroen to use diesel hybrid engine technology when it goes on sale in 2012.

The Hybrid4 system, which uses a diesel engine and an electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery, will first be used in the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 later this year, but it will make its debut in a Citroen car in the eagerly awaited DS5.

However, unlike the DS3 supermini before it, the DS5 will not offer two-tone customisable exterior colours. The designers have confirmed there will be no ‘flashy’ colours for the exterior, but the inside will feature upmarket leather in a range of colours.

Instead the car maker says it will focus on the ‘fun of driving the vehicle’ to create a family car that stands out from others on the market.

Offering a four-wheel drive configuration, the Citroen DS5 will, however, boast a similar silhouette to the Citroen DS3 and Citroen DS4 before it.

Citroen says the car will remain a family car but will be fun to drive, declaring ‘Your kids will be in wonderland!’ inside the car when it is released.

The Citroen DS5 is currently on show in France at the Creative Tour and a full production version will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.

The first models are expected to go on sale some time in 2012, making it the third in Citroen’s new range of cars using the DS Line moniker.

The first, the small Citroen DS3, was released in 2010 and its popularity led to it being named Top Gear Car of the Year 2011.

It was followed by the Citroen DS4 hatchback, which features SUV-like styling. Order books for the Citroen DS4 opened in the UK this week.