Citroen DS3 to add tax-free petrol engine

Right now the Citroen DS3 hatch is already available with a sub-100g/km, a 1.6-litre e-HDi diesel which emits between 91 and 99g/km depending on the exact specification choice.

Until now the most efficient petrol engine available for the DS3 hatch was the 81bhp 1.2-litre VTi unit available for the DSign trim, emitting 104g/km for the three-door car.

The DS3 is also available with an 118bhp 1.6-litre VTi petrol unit which emits 132g/km and a 154bhp 1.6-litre THP petrol with 135g/km.

Now it’s been revealed that the Citroen DS3 hatch will soon receive a 1.2-litre e-THP petrol engine, which will also feature on the upcoming C4 Cactus.

In the DS3 the new petrol engine will give the car a CO2 emissions output of 99g/km and return a combined fuel economy of around 65mpg.

These sorts of figures allow the DS3 to compete closer to other superminis like the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio when it comes to efficiency.

The new engine also suits the sporty profile of the DS3 – returning a zero to 60mph sprint time below ten seconds.

This new engine will be available on a few different current trim levels for the Citroen DS3. Pricing for the DS3 with the new e-THP petrol engine is unconfirmed but will likely start from between £12,000 and £13,000.

The Citroen DS3 hatch was voted the highest rated supermini in the 2013 JD Power survey.

Also available is the DS3 Cabrio, a soft-top convertible version of the stylish French small car. It features a retractable roof and weighs only 25kg more than the standard hatchback. Pricing for the DS3 Cabrio currently starts at £15,205.

While deploying the Cabrio’s roof it 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 different positions, intermediate, horizontal or total.

The Cabrio’s soft-top is finished in Infinite Blue as standard, comprised of three different colour threads so as it reacts differently in different light conditions. Two other colour finishes are also available for the convertible roof, called black and DS Monogramme.

The boot of the DS3 Cabrio meanwhile can hold up to 245 litres, more than any other car in its sector.