Citroen prestige brand DS has unveiled its latest DS 3 hatch in Paris. It slots alongside the DS 5 as the second model in the recently-created range.
Of most interest is the DS 3 Performance, which most closely aligns with the brand’s DS 3 World Rally Car, an updated version of which will be introduced in 2017 as WRC regulations change and Citroen returns as a factory entry.
Although not yet confirmed for Australia the DS 3 Performance could arrive in late-2016 alongside the less performance-focused models which are earmarked for our shores. It is available in Europe with both hatch and cabrio body styles.
The ‘base’ DS 3s will receive a new 1.2-litre turbo-petrol three-pot mated to a six-speed auto. It will join the existing 121kW 1.6-litre, manual transmission drivetrain.
Tuned for the DS 3 Performance application, the 1.6-litre turbo hits 154kW/300Nm highs. Mated to a bespoke short-ratio six-speed MCM manual gearbox, enthusiasts can rejoice in the Torsen limited-slip differential which should allow full power deployment via the DS 3 Performance’s front wheels.
Ride height is reduced some 15mm, and the front track is a substantial 26mm wider at the front and 14mm in the rear. Impressive 323mm front brake discs are fitted with ‘special’ calipers, supported by 249mm in the back.
Twin exhaust pipes, carbon side mouldings and matte black wing extenders are among the exterior highlights, while inside there’s alcantara and leather-trimmed bucket seats for driver and front passenger.
With on-paper credentials such as these, we hope DS importer Sime Darby is convinced the DS 3 Performance is the right halo for a new brand in this country.