Citroën has revealed initial details of its new luxury family hatchback, the DS4.
The Citroën DS4 will join the ‘posh’ Citroën line-up alongside the DS3 early next year. However, it makes its first official public appearance at the Paris Motor Show in October – and here is the preliminary information.
Visually the DS4 is less aggressive than the DS3, favouring a more rounded design that clearly builds on elements of other recent Citroëns, including the regular C3 and C4. Like the DS3, however, it features highly visible LED daytime running lights at the front, and premium quality materials throughout the interior.
DS4 styled as a 2+2 coupé
The DS4 has been styled as a sporty ‘2+2 door’ coupé. Rear doors are much narrower than you would expect of a five-door hatchback, with hidden handles – but they are still said to offer better back-seat access than conventional three-door models. The DS4 is also notable for its slightly raised stance. This is far from approaching a true crossover, but is supposedly enough to heighten the sense of security when driving – without ruining the handling, which is said to be exceptionally agile.
The interior of the DS4 is enhanced by a large panoramic windscreen, and features a driver-orientated cockpit design. Tactile materials for the dashboard are complemented by touches of chrome throughout. Top-spec models even feature a leather-finished dashboard and door panels – plus new Bracelet leather seat design.
The cabin also offers ‘full-size’ seating for five, while boot space is a generous 370-litres with all the seats in place. There are further storage compartments throughout.
Like the DS3, the DS4 will be highly customisable. Luxury optional extras include a high-tech stereo upgrade and – wait for it – massaging front seats. Surely a first in this class?
The DS4 is offered with three petrol and two turbodiesel engines. Chief among these is a new-to-Citroën THP 200, a turbocharged petrol unit producing 197bhp and a low 149g/km CO2 emissions. This, the VTi 120 and THP 155 petrols are all 1.6-litre in capacity and all co-developed with BMW.
Diesels comprise the HDi 110 and the HDi 160. The former is also available as an e HDi micro-hybrid – meaning start-stop technology, regenerative braking and an Electronic Gearbox System (EGS) automated manual transmission as standard, all in the name of reducing emissions by up to 15%.
The EGS transmission is optional on all DS4 variants, which are otherwise fitted with a six-speed manual; previous experience with the EGS suggests it isn’t worth paying extra for, but perhaps further refinements will reap rewards this time.
Green materials and safety technology
The DS4 is also built from green materials – with around 15% of the 200kg plastic used from ecological sources. Safety technology includes the usual stability control, braking systems and airbags, but also front cornering lights, cruise control and speed limiter, as well as a blind-spot monitor option.
It also includes the Citroën eTouch Assistance System, an emergency or assistance call system that can be operated both manually and automatically. Using a built-in SIM card it enables you – or the car – to contact the emergency services should the DS4 become ‘immobilised’. By which Citroën actually means involved in an accident, or broken down.
Full pricing and specification details for the Citroën DS4 are yet to be announced – expect these closer to its Paris Motor Show debut. Like the DS3, however, the DS4 will be launched with various FreeDrive contract options, covering such things as servicing, maintenance, roadside assistance and even some wear and tear items.