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.