Cue for style

A new Citroen is de­signed for fash­ion­istas, writes

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - Paul Gover

THE sec­ond in the se­ries of style-driven Citroens, the DS4, goes pub­lic at the end of this month.

It will be re­vealed at the Paris Mo­tor Show less than three weeks af­ter the first of the breed, the DS3, goes on sale in Aus­tralia.

The DS4 will be fol­lowed next year by the DS5, which sits above the C5 range and is ru­moured to con­tain Citroen’s first diesel hy­brid driv­e­train.

The DS4, like the DS3, takes the me­chan­i­cal pack­age of an ex­ist­ing Citroen model and gives it a ma­jor style tweak, to cre­ate a sub-brand for fash­ion­istas around the world.

Citroen de­scribes the DS4 as a blend of cre­ativ­ity, dy­namism, ex­clu­siv­ity and ver­sa­til­ity.

It has a pre­mium cabin treat­ment, in­clud­ing top-qual­ity leather seats in­side a gi­ant panoramic wind­screen.

Though the car looks like a coupe, it is ac­tu­ally a four-door that Citroen says can carry five adults.

The car’s de­signer, Marc Pin­son, says: ‘‘Rein­ter­pret­ing cues opened up new pos­si­bil­i­ties, bring­ing prac­ti­cal and sur­pris­ing so­lu­tions to au­to­mo­tive mo­bil­ity.’’

It’s al­ready set for Aus­tralia, though Citroen is not talk­ing about pric­ing, be­yond ad­mit­ting it will cost more than the C4.

Citroen spokesman Ed­ward Rowe says: ‘‘The car will be com­ing here, in the third quar­ter of next year. It’s based on the C4, which will prob­a­bly be in the sec­ond quar­ter.

‘‘The cars the DS4 will be pitched against are the Audi A3, the Alfa Romeo Gi­uli­etta and BMW 1 Se­ries. It’s in the pre­mium end of the cat­e­gory.’’

Pre­mium end: Citroen de­scribes the DS4 as dy­namic and ver­sa­tile.

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