The upscale DS brand has little to show off at the Paris Motor Show, but among its best offerings we found the DS3 lineup, a model that was recently mildly restyled.
The DS3, DS3 Cabrio and DS3 Racing mid-life facelift debuted back in May, but the Paris Motor Show is too important to miss out. So, we have live pics of the best-selling model of the upscale line-up. The DS upscale is in the process of turning into a separate marquee, but for now the link to Citroen has been kept – we imagine the change would be implemented gradually.
Being a rather successful model, the DS3 range has not received head-turning design changes. We do have beautiful new LED and xenon headlights that have been inspired by the Numero 9 and Wild Rubis concepts. The new modules have a 35% higher efficiency in normal mode and another 75% more in high-beam – and they have a longer lifespan, lasting up to 20,000 hours, around 20 times more than conventional halogen lights.
Under the hood the DS3 line has a set of new Euro 6-compliant Blue HDi 100 and Blue HDi 120 engines – they are both more powerful and even more fuel-efficient than the outgoing engines. The first boasts a consumption of just 3 liters / 100 km (78.2 mpg) and has CO2 emissions of 79 g/km. The more powerful brother will make do with 3.6 liters / 100 km (79 g/km of CO2). On the petrol side, certain markets will have the option of a Euro 6-compliant PureTech e-VTi 82 ETG that goes about with 4.1 liters / 100 km (95 g/km of CO2). The engine is mated to an automated-manual five-speed Efficient Tronic Gearbox (ETG).