Citroën takes panoramic view with shapely DS4

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby fred­eric.manby@ypn.co.uk

CITROËN is fol­low­ing up its fairly bril­liant DS3 qual­ity su­per­hatch with the next of the DS lin­eage, the DS4.

This is based on C4 but with sporty and lux­ury em­bel­lish­ments. It is a fiveseater in a coupé-like body, but with the prac­ti­cal­ity of rear doors that blend into the body­work, em­ploy­ing the hid­den rear han­dle de­sign first seen last cen­tury in Alfa Romeo’s break­through 156.

The DS4 looks a lit­tle taller than the C4, with body shapes to catch the eye and win a new au­di­ence for the French mar­que.

In­side, the pic­ture moves for­ward from Gal­lic chic to con­ti­nen­tal flair, with chrome trim and high-grade leather seats on the more ex­pen­sive ver­sions, un­der the panoramic wind­screen.

The car­maker says: “DS4 boldly blends a mix of the most de­sir­able styling ref­er­ences to cre­ate an ex­cit­ing new au­to­mo­tive propo­si­tion.”

Marc Pin­son, DS4’s chief stylist, com­ments, “Rein­ter­pret­ing cues opened up new pos­si­bil­i­ties, bring­ing prac­ti­cal and sur­pris­ing so­lu­tions to au­to­mo­tive mo­bil­ity”. Mais oui.

DS4 will be launched with a choice of five Euro 5 en­gines. The two HDi diesels, an HDi 110 (also avail­able as an econ­omy e-HDi ver­sion) and an HDi 160, are fit­ted with Citroën’s diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter clean-up. The three petrol units, VTi 120, THP 155 and the new THP 200, were de­vel­oped with BMW. The new THP 200 is based on the 1.6-litre en­gine and delivers low CO2 emis­sions of 149g/km. All en­gines are avail­able with man­ual or EGS six-speed gear­boxes. De­but: The Paris Show at the end of the month for de­liv­er­ies later in 2011.

CON­TI­NEN­TAL FLAIR: The DS4.

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