Citroen takes on Qashqai
THIS could be Citroen’s answer to the Nissan Qashqai. The new DS4 will be premiered in Paris later this month and is pencilled in for late next year.
This is the marque’s second ‘DS’ model following in the wake of the brilliant DS3 and is built on a variation of the C4 platform. However, it is 60mm shorter, 40mm taller and 20mm wider than the C4.
It has a panoramic windscreen to give a claimed 45 degree upward view.
Noticeable styling elements include a bulge over each rear wheel arch and the steeply raked rear hatch.
There are two diesels (HDi 110 and HDi 160) and three petrols (VTi 120, THP 155 and THP 200).
As well as manual gearboxes, robotised manual ESG transmissions will also be available.
An interesting aspect is that you can order a model with microhybrid e-HDi technology. This will be there from the start on HDi 110 engine versions.
The package includes a new stop and start system, reversible alternator, an ebooster that instantly restarts the engine and an electronic gearbox system.