Citroen unveils DS 5LS luxury saloon for Chinese market

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 21, 2013

Citroen has unveiled its DS 5LS luxury saloon to the international media at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. The DS 5LS will be built at the carmaker’s Shenzhen plant in China, the second model to be made at the site. To be rolled out to the Chinese market in March 2014, the DS 5LS is considered as a major factor in DS line’s international expansion.

The luxury saloon, which measures 4.70 m in length, 1.84 m in width and 1.50 m in height, features a new front inspired by the Numero 9 and Wild Rubis concept cars. This new front along with the prestigious sculpted grille dubbed as “DS Wings,” and boomerang-shaped Daytime Running Lights provides a dynamic and unique look.

The profile of DS 5LS boasts of an elegant silhouette, thanks to a signature chrome side trim that extends from the windows to the boot. The chrome side trim traces a subtle shark fin shape across the rear side panel, which is a typical styling feature of DS models. Complementing the model’s dynamic looks are its wide-track stance and large wheels.

The rear of the DS 5LS features distinct LED lamps that offer a 3D accent thanks to a chrome ring inset within the glass. Inside, the DS 5LS features luxury materials like metal, wood and leather. One can find quality leather fittings throughout the cabin, which provides a pleasurable driving experience for both the driver and passengers.

The cabin is highlighted by a “watch strap” design of the seats, a signature feature of DS models. The DS 5LS is powered by new engines like the THP 160 and THP 200 that feature sequential direct injection fed by a high-pressure pump, and a Twin Scroll turbo compressors.

The engines are mated to with a six-speed automatic transmission, providing excellent performance that comes along the elegant styling of DS 5LS. The luxury saloon could be availed in nine body colors like Nocciola Brown.

Press Release

Citroen DS 5LS R Concept

A new DS concept car will be presented at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. Citroën DS 5LS R is an all-new and unique version of the DS 5LS, which combines top-level performance with luxury styling.

Recently launched in China, DS 5LS is a bold, striking addition to the Chinese market, standing out from the crowd with its distinctive styling, including the sculptural and prestigious 'DS Wings' grille, which characterises new DS models. The DS 5LS R concept car emphasises the dynamic character of the production version, highlighting the model's athletic lines.

The unveiling of Citroën DS 5LS R follows on from the DS3 Cabrio Racing and DS4 Racing concepts, as Citroën continues to push boundaries in performance, design and innovation.


A nod to Citroën's World Rally Championship pedigree, DS 5LS R boasts a high performance powertrain, underpinned by a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine that develops 300bhp and torque of 400 Nm. The chassis has been lowered by 15mm, compared to the production version and the concept has wider front tracks and a sequential gearbox, controlled by paddles behind the steering wheel.

High-precision development has been applied to the chassis, brakes and suspension, while the focus on performance is visually underscored by the extensive use of real carbon fibre components.


Citroën DS 5LS R remains faithful to the DS spirit of innovation and luxury, making a bold first impression. The sports styling is complemented by an anodised Carmine Red paint with a matt metallic finish. The concept confirms its 'R' status with wide side stripes in matt carbon grey on the front doors. The 'R' signature features extensively around the exterior of the concept - on the bonnet, at the rear and on the sides of the car.

Further carbon fibre components include the side signature trim, which extends across the top of the side windows to the boot, cutting through the rear quarter panel with a subtly drawn shark fin. The 'DS Wings' grille is finished in carbon grey dark chrome and the sporty 20-inch wheels are sculpturally designed and carbon-coloured to match the polished aluminium on the exterior and the touches of Carmine Red.


Inside, Citroën DS 5LS R is all about luxury, with a wide range of exceptional materials in evidence. The cabin is fully lined with leather and Alcantara®, including the dashboard and steering wheel. The DS identity is reinforced throughout, with a three-fabric version of the DS 'watchstrap' upholstery - aniline full-grain leather, DS-embossed leather and Alcantara®. The seats, dashboard, upper door panels and central armrest are finished with pearl top-stitching in Carmine Red.

The performance elements continue inside, with instruments on the central console and the steering wheel featuring Carmine Red detailing and the 'R' signature. There are also real carbon fibre inserts on the steering wheel, door panels and door handles, together with Carmine Red touches for the air vents.

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