Citroen has released first details of its new DS4, the second model in its distinctive DS line. DS4 brings premium design with an emphasis on driving pleasure and advanced vehicle architecture. Combining coupe style with 2+2 door practicality, it offers three full-sized rear seats, accessed by rear doors with hidden handles that are seamlessly integrated into the body's lines. DS4 also benefits from a capacious trunk and a host of clever storage solutions.
DS4 comes with a choice of five engines - two HDi diesels and three gasoline powerplants, including a new-to-Citroen 200hp unit. Citroen's new e-HDi drivetrains deliver improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
DS4 will be revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and is expected to go on sale later in 2011.
The DS signature on the hood is complemented by a striking LED light signature around the front foglights. 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 to emphasize the large wheels (up to 19"). It is crowned by a taut 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.
As with its prestigious exterior, DS4's cabin exudes refinement. The driving position is enveloping, with chrome-surround dials focused towards the driver's eye-line. The sculptured dashboard also uses high quality materials for a superior tactile feel. DS4's cabin is dominated by the large panoramic windshield that extends into the roofline. Offering up to 45? of upward vision, the panoramic glazed area combines with DS4's slightly raised stance, to provide optimized visibility for the driver, with a bright, airy cabin for passengers. Allowing owners to personalize the interior, DS4 is available with a choice of five leather combinations, including two-tone options. Range-topping models are also equipped with high quality leather on the dashboard and door panels - complete with a 'Bracelet' design on the seats, evoking the links of a watch strap. For an added touch of luxury, there is chrome detailing on the air vent surrounds, instrument cluster, gear lever and parts of the central console. Aluminum pedals, embossed leather door handles and ambient lighting are further evidence of DS4's attention to premium detail.
On the road, DS4 is fitted with a MacPherson-type suspension assembly at the front, a flexible transverse beam at the rear and hydraulic steering with an electric pump unit.
Depending on trim level, DS4 is fitted with large-diameter (340mm) ventilated disc brakes and, as standard, with dedicated braking control systems, including ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA). Ensuring optimum vehicle control in the most demanding driving situations, DS4 also features intelligent traction control with ESP.
DS4 will be launched with a choice of five Euro 5 engines. The two HDi diesels - an HDi 110 (also available as an e-HDi version) and an HDi 160 - are both fitted with Citroen's Diesel Particulate Filter System. The three gasoline powerplants - VTi 120, THP 155 and the new THP 200 - were co-developed with BMW.
The new THP 200 - based on the Mini's 1.6-liter engine - delivers flexible power delivery and performance thanks to its power output (197hp), plentiful torque (203 lb-ft at 1700rpm) - with low CO2 emissions of just 149g/km. All engines are available with manual or EGS six-speed transmissions.
Special attention has been given to the car's internal acoustics, retaining the refined atmosphere on-board by minimizing vibration, wind and road noise. This has been achieved by a laminated panoramic windscreen with damping film, additional sound absorbing material around the engine compartment and enhanced sealing barriers on the body and doors.
DS4 was designed to have a reduced footprint - especially evident in its construction - by using top-quality components, an ecologically focused manufacturing process and the use of 'green materials' - around 15% of the 200kg of plastic used in DS4 vehicle is derived from 'green materials.'
DS4 can be specified with Citroen's micro-hybrid e-HDi technology, which is available from launch on versions powered by the HDi 110 engine.
The e HDi system comprises of:
* an economical HDi Euro 5 diesel powerplant
* a new generation Stop & Start system, which cuts the engine when the car comes to a halt
* a second-generation reversible alternator and an e-booster function that restarts the engine instantly (0.4 seconds)
* an electronically controlled alternator that recovers energy during braking;
* an Electronic Gearbox System (EGS) with optimized gear changes.
All required features such as the radio, air-conditioning and steering functions remain in operation when the engine is stopped by the system. This innovative technology can reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by as much as 15% in built-up urban environments.
DS4's cabin overflows with 'Creative Technologie'. Features available include an advanced audio system with processing software for effective soundscaping throughout the cabin. For ultimate driving luxury, massaging front seats are available with electric lumbar adjustment in the front passenger's and driver's seat backs. Another example of the tailored DS4 experience, drivers can select their own on-board ambience from four ranges of polyphonic sounds - Classic, Crystal Symphony, Jungle Fantasy & Urban Rythmik -for alerts and reminders; select from three air-conditioning flow levels - soft, average & intense; and choose from an array of colors for the instrument panel - spanning from white to blue.
For peace-of-mind, DS4 is equipped with a range of safety-enhancing technologies:
The Citroen eTouch Assistance System automatically or manually makes emergency or assistance callsfor rapid intervention in the event of an accident or if the car is immobilized. Front fog lamps with static cornering lights provide an extra beam that increases visibility when turning - by up to 75? either side 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 blindspot ( 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 mirrors.