Like the DS3, the Citroen DS4 will also get its own racing version which will be produced in a limited run of vehicles. This time though the DS Racing model could have a hybrid drivetrain according to reports.
AutoBild writes that the DS4 Racing will have the same 1.6-litre turbo engine with 200 hp as the DS3 Racing, but will have a 95-hp electric motor placed on the rear axle. That makes it an exciting prospect but we probably won’t be seeing it until sometime halfway through the 2013. The ’standard’ DS4 model will appear across European markets next year.
We thought we’d get patriotic on behalf of the French and check out the the Citroen stand at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The new Citroen C4 and Citroen DS4 are on display, as is the remarkable DS3 WRC model - it’s a real head-turner just for its paint job if nothing else. The five-door C4 is an elegant model, not particularly riské but then if you want something more eye-catching, Citroen is betting that you’ll go with the DS4. It’s got good looks even if interior comfort is perhaps not the best.
The Citroen C4 Picasso gets a restyling as well as the C5 with new headlights with LED technology. The Citroen Lacoste concept car is also on display as Citroen’s take on the partnership-with-a-stylist theme. The Lacoste looks like it could be a summer successor to the Mehari model, created strictly for free-time fun.
Here are the first pics that emerged on Facebook of the new Citroen DS4 model, where we get a close look as some of its features. Like we said, the DS4 for Citroen is a kind of hatchback-crossover which they even describe as having a coupé look. We think that’s probably more a case of they wish it did, given the recent trend in coupé-sedan models, sportbacks, shooting brakes and company. Still, it’s not displeasing and is a good attempt at taking on the bigger C4 model in the DS range. For the moment though, we still like the DS3 better but who knows - Paris might change all that.
The new Citroen DS4 was launched yesterday and it’s another hot model wearing the DS badge for the French company. We will be seeing the DS4 live at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, where it will appear alongside the new Citroen C4 model. The DS model is smaller and chunkier than the standard hatch it’s based on and was originally developed off the back of the High Rider Concept. That, and with a higher wheel setting, mean the DS4 just borders on a crossover model.
While not immediately obvious from the DS4 pics, the car is actually a 2+2, five-door model with hidden door handles in the rear window frame. It’s the second car in the DS line-up, the first being the DS3, and we’ll be interested to see how far beyond the hatchback set-up Citroen plans to take its new range.
The DS4 measures 4.27 metres long, 1.81 metres wide and 1.53 metres high, the only measurement actually larger than the C4. We’re not yet convinced that Citroen has got the hatchback, coupé and SUV combination quite right yet, so we’re reserving our judgement until we see this live in Paris. See after the jump for more details.
A Citroen DS4 teaser shot has been leaked in anticipation of the 2010 Geneva motor show, where the model will be displayed at the Citroen stand alongside the DS3-R racing model. The Citroen DS4 will appear in concept form, although it already foreshadows much of what we’ll see on the production model.
This DS4 teaser shot doesn’t tell us much, although the front looks similar to the DS3, large five-spoke wheels appear and the car has a body style that slopes upwards. It’s unclear whether it will be a three-door or five-door model. It will appear on the market next year, after the Citroen C4 model which will be presented at the 2010 Paris show later this year.
Meanwhile, leaked pics and spy shots show the brand new Citroen DS3-R road racer in a hot hatch that could make an impact on this segment. It’s said to be equipped with a 1.6-litre, four cylinder engine fetching between 200 and 210 hp. Other aspects include a six-speed manual gearbox, possible limited slip differential and front wheel drive. Here’s hoping it also turns up at Geneva, making it a big show for Citroen.