Citroën takes panoramic view with shapely DS4
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.