Just minutes ago, French automaker Citroen unveiled the new DS4 hatch – a car that keeps the DS High Rider concept seen at Geneva this year.
From the first pictures let me tell you that, at least, the front of the car, looks in some way very similar to Audi’s new A1 – lets take a good look at the headlights …
Anyway, talking about design and sizes, the new Citroen DS4 is a little bit bigger that its little brother, the DS3. Citroen DS4 has a length of 4.27 m, a width of 1.81 m and a height of 1.53m.
The new Citroen DS4 comes with a large panoramic windscreen which is said to offer the driver an upward view of up 45 degrees. Associated with the elevation of the car, it optimizes visibility for driving dynamic action and effective in an urban context
“Combined with the slightly raised stance, this provides optimised visibility for the driver,” says Citroën.
Although a tall driving position is usually associated with functionality, the DS4 is clothed in an up market-looking skin, the work of chief stylist Marc Pinson.
As we all expected, the interior of the Citroen DS4 comes with top solutions aimed at offering a premium feeling, such as chrome touches and high quality leather. According to the automaker, CITROEN DS4 comes with a choice of five combination’s of leather seats among others, proposals for “bi-tone. Also, a new for this class is that the dashboard comes in leather and the front seats are available with massage function.
At the exterior, Citroen DS4 featured extra chrome on the two-bar grille and a pair of boomerang-shaped daytime running lights. The LEDs are illuminated both day and night.
The eye-catching profile, featuring a chrome-finished waistline surrounding dark tinted windows, is enhanced by muscular wheel arches – that emphasise the large wheels (up to 19”) – and is crowned by a tautly drawn roofline with a spoiler for added vitality. The lower part of the rear bumper is finished in chrome and the horizontal detailing on the rear light clusters highlights their innovative boomerang design.
To enhance the sporty look of the car, the rear door handles are hidden in the window surround, just as with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.
Talking about the engines and gearboxes, Citroen DS4 will come with three petrol engines and two diesel units. Diesel buyers can choose from a 110bhp 1.6-litre unit with e-HDi stop/start tech and regenerative braking, and a 160bhp 2.0-litre. The petrol family is made up by a 120 PS VTi, a 155 PS THP as well as a range-topping 200 PS THP.
In addition to that, the HDi 110 engine can be ordered with the micro-hybrid technology
All engines will be available with either manual or robotised manual ESG ’boxes. The micro-hybrid will feature revised gear ratios for the best fuel economy.
All cars come with a unique selection of four exotically named tones for the various warning sounds: Classic, Crystal Symphony, Jungle Fantasy and Urban Rythmik.
For complete peace-of-mind, Citroen DS4 is also equipped with a range of safety-enhancing technologies:
• The Citroën eTouch Assistance System automatically or manually makes emergency or
assistance calls, using a built-in SIM card, for rapid intervention in the event of an accident or
if the car is immobilised.
• Front fog lamps with static cornering lights provide an extra beam that increases visibility when turning – by up to 75° to the left and right of the vehicle. The lights automatically illuminate when the driver indicates or turns the wheel to an angle of more than 60°.
• A blind-spot monitoring system – based on the same technology as reversing parking sensors – the four ultrasound sensors alert the driver if a vehicle is in their blind spot ( an area stretching to around 5m behind the rear bumper and 3.5m from each side of the car). The driver is alerted by means of a pictogram displayed in the wing mirrors.
• Programmable cruise control with speed limiter also allows drivers to pre-set cruising and top speeds for added safety and convenience on the open road.
Citroen DS4 will be revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and is expected to go on sale later in 2011.