News roundup: Citroen DS 6WR SUV shown and refreshed Jetta at New York

  • Smart reveals Grandstyle edition
  • Revised Volkswagen Jetta due at New York motor show
  • Volvo shows off inflatable child seat

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The Citroen DS 6WR SUV has been revealed ahead of its public debut at the Beijing motor show this month. The car has been inspired by the Wild Rubis concept car that, and was designed in Paris. It is the first SUV in the DS line, and sits between the Audi Q3 and Q5 in size at 455cm long. It comes with two engines - an e-THP 160 and a THP 200 unit, paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. The DS 6WR will be built in China. There are no plans to offer it for sale in the UK.

The Smart Grandstyle edition has been revealed, with the new version offering visual and equipment upgrades. The Grandstyle is based on the mid-level Passion trim, but adds more equipment at a lower price. It is set apart from the Passion by its black 15-inch alloy wheels, titanium surrounds for the headlights and LED daytime running lights and Grandstand logos in the door mirror triangles. Inside, it comes with a leather-trimmed steering wheel and black leather upholstery. It also comes with a standard satellite-navigation system and 6.5-inch touch-screen. The Grandstyle is available in Coupe or Cabrio versions. It costs from £10,330 – £45 less than the Passion trim, despite the extra equipment.


The revised Volkswagen Jetta will appear at the New York motor show this week. The saloon car gets mildly tweaked styling. The grille, air intakes, front bumper are all altered to improve aerodynamics, while there are new LED daytime running lights. The inside changes are even more minor, with a new steering wheel design, a new instrument display and new seat trim and fabric options. The car shown is the American spec, but the European car will get the same changes. UK cars will come with three trims – S, SE and GT – and it will come with a 1.4-litre 148bhp turbocharged petrol, and a 2.0-litre diesel with 109bhp or 148bhp. Order books open in August, and deliveries will start from November.

Volvo has shown off an inflatable child seat concept, which promises to be lightweight and easy to store and carry. The seat can be inflated in less than 40 seconds using an integral pump that also deflates it for storage. It weighs less than 5kg, which is half the weight of a standard seat. Parents will also be able to connect to the seat via Bluetooth to inflate it remotely. It is designed to be backwards-facing.

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