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NZ Autocar - - New Ar­rival - Vita ls

Model En­gine Trans­mis­sion 6-speed auto, front-wheel drive show hosted by Adrian Hail­wood for cus­tomers and mo­tor-not­ers alike. Nat­u­rally, the cars took cen­tre stage, and the Cross­back was ar­guably the pret­ti­est of the bunch (of the car mod­els, rather than the skin and bones va­ri­ety).

It (and the DS5) are pow­ered by a 400Nm HDi tur­bod­iesel mated with a six-speed auto, and this is not only eco­nom­i­cal – com­bined fuel fig­ure in the mid-4s – but an easy over­all drive, with the usual amount of tur­bo­lag lead­ing to mo­men­tary hes­i­ta­tion off the mark. With 133kW it scram­bles to 100 in 8.6sec, of­fers 360L of hatch space, and fea­tures dual zone air con, park­ing sen­sors both ends, a re­vers­ing cam­era, sun­blinds that slide up­wards to cre­ate a panoramic wind­screen, and sat nav. Seats of­fer heat­ing and mas­sag­ing func­tions. Cost is $54,990.

“All that is DS is seen in the DS5”, ac­cord­ing to NZ boss, Si­mon Rose, and each dealer will have one on hand as a demo ve­hi­cle. The lat­est ver­sion sports a new grille, and an aero­space-in­spired cock­pit. The DS5 is notable for its ‘hy­per com­fort’ tag, and it isn’t a term that’s en­tirely in­ap­pro­pri­ate. Over speed bumps this is al­most as cush­ion­ing as Citroëns with pro­pri­etary hy­drop­neu­matic sus­pen­sion, a sys­tem that could flat­ten these in­ner city speed calmers as ef­fec­tively as a mod­ern SUV with long travel sus­pen­sion. Spe­cial fea­tures of the $64,990 ve­hi­cle in­clude Ap­ple CarPlay, key­less en­try, head-up dis­play, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, nappa leather up­hol­stery, a three-part panoramic roof, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing and noise re­duc­ing glass.

The DS team hopes to move around 100 units over the next 12 months, around equal num­bers for each of the vari­ants, with in­creas­ing sales there­after upon the ar­rival of its new SUVs. Even­tu­ally, ac­cord­ing to the DS look­ing glass, the brand as­pires to be an Audi com­peti­tor.

Model DS5 1997cc IL4, TDI, 133kW@3750rpm, 400Nm@2000rpm 0-100km/h 9.9sec, 4.4L/100km, 114g/km, 1615kg ABOVE - Guess the plate says it all, though ‘new’ might be stretch­ing things some.

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