Citroen DS5 debuts in ShanghaiLuxury diesel-electric hybrid looks to future

20 April 2011

Citroen DS5

The new Citroen DS5 has been unveiled

Citroen has added a new model to the DS range with the DS5, a luxury saloon-hatchback crossover based on the C5 and boasting diesel-electric hybrid power.

This 'Hybrid4' system has been developed alongside partner Peugeot, which will use the same system in its 3008 MPV and, later, in the RCZ coupé.

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Cirtoen DS5: diesel-electric and four-wheel drive

In the case of the DS5, the combination of front-drive diesel power and rear-axle electric drive can mean four-wheel drive, diesel-only or purely electric modes according to where and how you’re driving.

Citroen DS5

The DS5 will use a diesel-electric hybrid engine

As such, the DS5 can operate as a zero-emissions electric car around town while offering typical diesel cruising range and performance the rest of the time.

A combined CO2 output of just 99g/km is particularly impressive for a car of this size, and would mean the DS5 slots into tax band A, meaning free car tax.

Read our car tax guide and our guide to green car technologies, including hybrid systems

Citroen DS5: styling matches current DS range

Honed on the DS3 and DS4 – the latter due on sale later this year – Citroen’s DS design language is certainly eye-catching and is deliberately pitched at those looking to make a statement with their car.

Citroen DS5 interior

The luxury interior will be on par with the DS3 and DS4

Bold intakes on the front bumper, lots of twinkly LED lights and exaggerated wheelarch lines combine with a sleek, coupé-esque hatchback profile that offers a decent 485-litre boot and seating for five.

Inside, Citroen boasts of luxury materials and finishes to shame cars costing several times as much. Fine-grain leather with contrasting stitching and ebony inserts on the dash are claimed to offer a suitably high-class feel.

There will be plenty of gizmos too, ambient lighting softening the mood while a full colour head-up display means you never need take your eyes off the road.

Read our full review of the Citroen C5


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