While at the moment of its reveal, during a special Paris event held in December last year, the DS5 LS model was thought to remain a China exclusive, it looks like the ‘Luxury Saloon’ could try to snatch some European market share.
With a clever new front end, inspired by the Wild Rubis concept unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2013, the big sedan is rather bland in the back area – which kind of defeats the purpose. It might be good enough for the Chinese customers, who love their big wheelbase sedans, but Euro customers are definitely pickier.
Design comments aside, the DS5 LS is an all Chinese pedigree, being built at Chang’an Automobile Group’s Shenzhen facility alongside the regular DS5. Speaking of the normal DS5, the LS is bigger by 170 mm in length and 30 mm in width, standing at 4,700 mm in length, 1,840 mm in width and 1,500 mm in height. With a wheelbase of 2,710 mm the rear seated passengers need not to fret any space restrictions.
Engine variants seem at this point to be only three, all in gasoline flavor: a 132 bhp VTi and the well known 1.6-liter turbocharged engine developed with BMW that delivers 158 or 197bhp.