Deliveries of the Citroen DS3 Cabrio will then begin from 1 March 2013. The car will rival against other compact convertibles including the Fiat 500C, and it will also represent the first five-seater in its car category according to Citroen.
Adding to the extra practicality of three rear seats, the boot of the supermini-turned-convertible will hold up to 245 litres, more than any other vehicle in its sector.
The other main highlight of the DS3 Cabrio though is of course the fabric-folding roof which can be fully closed up in just sixteen seconds and operated at speeds of up to 74mph.
The roof can also be opened into three positions, intermediate, horizontal or total. When it is fully deployed the DS3 Cabrio’s fabric roof offers a premium level of soundproofing against its surroundings.
The Cabrio’s soft-top is finished in Infinite Blue as standard using three different colour threads so as it reacts differently in different light conditions. Two other colours are also available for the roof, called black and DS Monogramme. The DS3 Cabrio will also initially be available in seven different bodyshell colours.
Performance-wise the Citroen DS3 Cabrio is available with up to three petrol engines to choose from. The units include an 82bhp 1.4-litre VTi, a 120bhp 1.6-litre VTi and a 1.6-litre THP with 155bhp.
While the Cabrio is 25kg heavier than the standard Citroen DS3 hatchback, the convertible can still return up to 57.6mpg on the combined cycle while CO2 emissions start from just 112g/km.
Three trim levels are available to order with the Citroen DS3 Convertible, starting with DSign and followed by DStyle and DSport.
Standard equipment on the basic DSign trim model includes innovative 3D LED rear lights, front fog lights, dark-tinted rear windows and sport suspension.
Step up to the DStyle trim and you get more luxury kit including air-conditioning, interior mood lighting, and a gloss-black dashboard.
The range-topping DSport Cabrio includes Citroen’s eTouch Emergency & Assistance system, along with a media box supporting Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
The Citroen DS3 Cabrio can be ordered from Perrys Citroen Dealerships based in Barnsley, Huddersfield and Milton Keynes.[YouTube:778rGMps0RU:BlockCentre]