2014 Citroen DS3 face-lift revealed

Citroen's stylish DS3 hatch and Cabriolet models get more efficient engines for 2014, plus new safety kit, xenon headlights and equipment upgrades across certain trims...

2014 Citroen DS3 face-lift revealed

This is the face-lifted Citroen DS3, which has new engines, more personalisation options and safety kit, and a new headlight design for the top trim.

DSign and DStyle cars don’t have any exterior changes for 2014, but range-topping DSport cars get new headlights that use a combination of xenons and LEDs. Sequential indicators ‘sweep’ orange light in the direction that the car is turning, working in the same way as the Matrix LED system on the new Audi A8 limo.

Citroen is introducing three new engines for the DS3 and DS3 Cabriolet. Two new BlueHDi diesels - in 99bhp and 118bhp states of tune - are expected to replace the 89bhp and 113bhp e-HDi Airdream engines across the range. The BlueHDi engines have CO2 emissions as low as 79g/km and official fuel economy of up to 94mpg.

UK customers may also be able to buy a new 81bhp e-VTi petrol model, although this is still to be confirmed. The e-VTi comes with Citroen’s ETG automated manual gearbox, and will offer fuel economy of up 69mpg with CO2 emissions of 95g/km.

Personalisation options for the new DS3 and DS3 Cabrio now include the choice of a dashboard strip laser-etched with the DS logo, as well as a screen-printed rear window. New Pearl White paint is offered on both cars, while the Cabrio can also be ordered in Belle-Ile Blue. New 17-inch alloy wheels are also available, as shown here.

Selected versions of the DS3 models will now include Active City Brake technology as standard, which works below 20mph to prevent low-speed collisions in town. Finally, a reversing camera will be added to the options list, which is automatically linked to Citroen’s sat-nav system.

The Citroen DS3’s new features will apply to all cars built from July onwards. Pricing has not yet been announced, but we expect a small increase on certain models to account for the extra safety kit and more efficient engines.