Citroen has reduced their fashionably compact DS 3 model range by suspending the unpopular DStyle. But that’s okay for us; the DSport remains available as the closest thing to Citroen’s WRC car on-sale new today. is available in either hatch or cabrio guise.
Aesthetics have been tweaked up front for both hatch and cabrio, with inspiration from the Numéro 9 and Wild Rubis concept cars leading to new LED and Xenon lights (DS LED Vision), the sleek headlight styling removes the jagged lines on the previous models. Underneath, much of the front bumper stays the same, with the familiar daytime running lamps and large chrome lined black grill at centre.
Being more fashion statement than performance hot hatch, Citroen is fittingly providing owners the opportunity individualise their DS 3 in over 200 possible combinations. There is over 29 colours available for the hatch, 21 for the cabriolet, an optional Vert Emeraude (Emerald Green) roof colour and seven new roof decals to choose from.
DS 3 DSport’s 17-inch wheels see a design update, the new Aphrodite black alloys inspired from the small turbine sitting beside the new and more efficient e-THP 160 engine.
The turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine provides a 6kW power increase over previous DSport to 121kW, while torque remains the same at 240Nm. Coupled to a six-speed manual transmission, DSport dashes the 0-100km/h sprint in a reasonably athletic 7.5sec.
Engineers have also dropped 25kg of weight out of the DS 3, bringing the hatch down to 1140kg. The chassis has also been adjusted, with spring and damper rates altered to improve body control from the MacPherson strut front, transverse beam rear chassis. Bi-density shims have been used on the rear to improve road-manners, with its increased torsional stability reducing road disturbance.
Safety inclusions have also been upped with automatic braking, rear view camera, rear sensors and tyre pressure monitors as standard.
Potential buyers will need to fork over a little more this year for the new model, however the extra $4250 for the $33,990 (excluding on-roads) hatch and $3600 for the $36,590 (excluding on-roads) cabriolet equates to more than $5500 of added value as standard over the previous DSport model.
We look forward to seeing how the lower weight, handling adjustments and extra power equate on the road.