This is the 2011 Citroen DS4, the second model in the French manufacturer’s distinctively-styled DS line. As you can see, the new car carries the same design line introduced by the new Citroen DS and features an alluring mixture of premium design codes and a bold approach to automotive styling. The new 2+2 coupe offers full-sized rear sears, which can be accessed by the rear doors with hidden handles integrated perfectly into the body’s flowing lines. And because it is a Citroen, this means it is also a green car: the new DS4 offers two HDi diesels and three petrol powerplants. The two HDi diesel powerplants, an HDi 110 (also available as an e-HDi version) and an HDi 160 are fitted with with Citroën’s Diesel Particulate Filter System.
The petrol engines, the VTi 120, THP 155 and the new THP 200, were co-developed with Bmw. The new THP 200 based on the 1.6-liter engine found on the Mini Cooper S delivers an impressive 200 hp (147kW), plentiful torque (275Nm at 1,700rpm) - with low CO2 emissions of just 149g/km. All engines can be mated to a manual or EGS six-speed gearbox. Inside we find the same refinement found in each Citroen vehicle: the driving position is enveloping, with chrome-surround dials focused directly towards the driver’s eye-line.
The interior features chrome detailing on the air vent surrounds, instrument cluster, gear lever and parts of the central console, while the aluminum pedals as well as the embossed leather door handles and ambient lighting complete the design. With its high-set, taut and agile stance, DS4 is tuned for dynamic performance, appealing to drivers looking for an involving motoring experience. “We really wanted drivers to feel like they have the road at the tips of their fingers”, says Jérémie Maestracci, DS4’s project manager. DS4 will be revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and is expected to go on sale later in 2011.