New hy­brid one of most im­por­tant cars of 2012

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Fred­eric Manby

SOME are say­ing Citroën’s strik­ing DS5 will be one of the im­por­tant cars of 2012. It takes over from the C5 as the mar­que’s flag­ship car, with the sporty DS styling theme – and a big step side­ways from the Ger­manic de­sign cho­sen for the C5.

It is the first Citroën to use the Peu­geot group’s diesel elec­tric hy­brid 4x4 sys­tem – achiev­ing 99g/km CO2. Like Peu­geot’s 3008 Hy­brid4 this makes the 200 horse power hatch­back ex­empt from an­nual road tax, the London con­ges­tion zone charges and gives a 10 per cent ben­e­fit in kind rate for busi­ness users.

The hy­brid is the top model in the DS5 range, which should be in show­rooms be­fore the April 2 de­liv­ery date. Prices be­gin at £22,400 for the catchily ti­tled e-hdi 110 Airdream EGS6 Dsign, which has a turbo petrol en­gined co-de­vel­oped with BMW, equipped with stop start ig­ni­tion, to be rated at just 114g/km of CO2. Top price in the base Dsign range is £27,600 for the Hy­brid4 200 Airdream EGS6. Higher trim lev­els are Dstyle and Ds­port, with the hy­brid model cost­ing £32,200. Other con­ven­tional en­gines are the 160hp diesel and a 200hp petrol.

The DS5 comes to mar­ket with the max­i­mum 5-star safety rat­ing from Euro NCAP. Citroën UK ex­pects only five per cent of us will buy a petrol DS5.

IN­NO­VA­TION: The flag­ship Citroën DS5, one of the first diesels with an elec­tric hy­brid sys­tem.

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