New Citroen DS4 revealed
The car will be unveiled at the Paris motor show next month and is based on the new Citroen C4, also set to be on show in Paris.
However the DS4 is 6cm shorter than the C4 – mostly due to the shorter rear overhang - and the bonnet and lights are the only external parts that it shares with the new C4.
The DS4 is a five-door, five-seat hatchback that's slightly raised to give it a sportier crossover look than a traditional small family hatch.
The car will be available with a choice of five engines – two diesels and three petrols, including a 197bhp petrol engine that will also appear in the Citroen DS3 Racing hot hatch. The other petrol engines are also 1.6-litre units, but with 118bhp and 152bhp.
The diesels come with either 109bhp or 158bhp.
The DS4 will also have an eco version, fitted with a 1.6-litre diesel engine, that comes with a range of fuel-saving features, such as stop-start and an energy recovery system when the driver brakes. Fuel economy and emission details have yet to be revealed, however.
For the moment, Citroen concentrates on the car's styling. There's a large panoramic sunroof, daytime running LED lights and the 'hidden' rear-door handles integrated into the door frames. It still seems a practical car, however. Citroen says the rear seats are full size, the car has a 370-litre boot and the cabin has plenty of cubbies and storage.
Loads of personalisation possibilities
DS4 buyers will have a host of personalisation options available. The interior can be specced with a choice of five leather combinations, while range-topping versions will have leather on the dashboard and door panels.
Other features and options include massaging front seats, polyphonic sounds for alerts and reminders and ambient lighting in a range of colours.
The DS4 also comes with what it calls an eTouch Assistance System, which automatically or manually makes emergency or assistance calls in the event of an accident or if the car is immobilised.
The car also has a blind spot monitoring system and cruise control.
Prices have yet to be revealed, but expect to pay around £18,000. The car goes on sale here next August.