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2015 DS 4 facelift revealed

Updated DS 4 will reach the UK this November, and will be available in both hatchback and 'Crossback' forms

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The facelifted DS4 will go on sale in the UK this November, and is on display at the Frankfurt motor show.

What is it?

The DS4 line-up has been given a makeover and has now been split into two distinct models.

The existing five-door hatchback now has a more conventional ride height, opening the way for the new Crossback version which has a 30mm taller ride height, which has a 30mm taller ride height and more rugged styling, including larger wheels, cosmetic skid plates and roof bars.

Both versions get a new nose design, bringing the DS4 into line with the DS5 as well as new headlamp design, which combines Xenon and LED lighting units. DS says that the dipped beam headlamps are now 50 percent more powerful on dipped beam and 20 percent more powerful on high beam.

The main change inside the DS4 is the new 7in touch screen, which has allowed the company to removed 12 separate switches from dash.

What engines can I choose from?

Both versions of the new DS4 will be front-wheel drive only and the new engine range is made up of three turbocharged petrol engines and three diesel motors.

A six-speed manual box and a six-speed torque converter automatic β€˜box are the two transmission options. For the DS4, the entry-level engine is the 119g/km turbocharged petrol Pure Tech 130 S&S unit, which offers 128bhp and 170lb ft from 1750rpm and is hooked up to a six-speed manual β€˜box.

The 130g/km THP 165 petrol engine offers 177lb ft from just 1400rpm. Top of the petrol range is the 138g/km THP 210. There are three diesels, all tagged Blue HDI. They come in 120 (100g/km), 150 (103g/km) and 180 (115g/km) forms.

The latter unit delivers a significant 295lb ft of torque and comes with the six-speed autobox as standard. In the UK, the Crossback will only be offered with the Pure Tech 130 engine and a six-speed manual β€˜box or the Blue HDi 120 with either the six-speed manual or six-speed auto.

How much equipment does it come with?

DS has not yet released the detailed specifications of the tw new DS4 models, which don’t go on sale until November.

However, options on the new models include CarPlay for compatibility with iPhones, mirroring for Apple and Android mobile phones as well as the β€˜DS Connect’ system, blind spot warning, keyless entry, a reversing camera, massage seats and an upmarket Denon hi-fi.

The DS4 also now has the option of four different roof colours and nine body colours, which adds up to 38 different combinations. Nappa leather door panels and semi-aniline leather trim are again optional. Both versions get a β€˜wrap-over’ windscreen as standard.

How much will it cost?

Although the final prices have yet to be revealed, prices are expected tol start at around Β£19,500 for the entry-level Pure Tech 130 manual model rising to around Β£25,500 for the range-topping Blue HDi 180. The new range goes on sale in the UK from November.

How good are its rivals?

There’s no doubt that the DS4 faces competition from some of the most polished and well regarded compact premium cars on the market, including the Audi A3, BMW 1-Series, Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Volvo V40.

While the DS4 still lacks the interior polish of these rivals, it does offer something distinctive different to the Germanic norm.