2010 Citroen DS3 breaks cover

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 24, 2009

To be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September is the Citroen DS3 supermini, which is meant to pose a competition against the Mini and the Fiat 500. Citroen is hoping that the DS3 supermini, which is the first car in a DS range, would give the brand an image boost. The new model is based on the next C3, which isn´t due until 2010.

It's remarkable that the production car has stayed very close to the concept car, which starred in the latest Geneva show. There are only two apparent differences. One would be the tailpipes in which a twin outlet replaces the concept car's large single exhaust. The second difference is the installation of a conventional aerial instead of the concept car's BMW-style fin.

The wheels were unchanged. Its features include a fully glazed rear, with conventional C-pillars replaced by the rear window. The car, at 3.95m long and 1.71 m wide, bears the same size as the Ford Fiesta. Citroen asserts however, that it has reduced the weight of the car. If customization is your thing, you´ll have a lot of fun with this car. Four color schemes are available for the roof (black, white, blue, and red) and you can opt for graphics to be placed. You can choose for door mirrors to be specified in body color or chrome.

An infinite variety of colors is available for the wheel centers. For its interiors, you can choose from six different finishes for the dashboard insert. There are also five different gear lever trims to choose from. The key also features a small disc that bears the same color as the car's body. Engine choices are quite varied with two diesels and three petrol motors.

Diesels are 1.6-liter HDi units with either 90bhp or 110bhp; with either 90bhp or 110bhp; the lower-powered unit emits only 99g/km of CO2. The four-pot petrol engines have outputs of 150bhp, 120bhp and 95bhp. All engines come with five or six-speed manual gearboxes.

The DS3 has a new C3 chassis, which uses MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear. The suspension has been reworked to increase refinement and will be tuned to be sportier than the C3. Citroen is making the most of the DS3's interior space.The car has a 285-liter boot, which is comparable to that of the Fiesta, but has more load space than in the Fiat 500 and Mini.

Citroen also pointedly claimed that that the DS3 will offer "five real seats." Two other DS models will soon come out -- the DS4 in 2011 the DS5, and a big estate/MPV inspired by the C-Sportlounge concept, in 2012. The cars could add as much as 40% to the sales of the mainstream models on which they are based. The DS3, which will go on sale next March, is expected to be priced lower than the Mini.

Press Release

Citroen DS3

Citroën has announced the new Citroën DS3 will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2009. The Citroën DS3 will be the first model from Citroën's brand new DS line, a product range consisting of three distinctively styled, attention-grabbing models that highlight the very best of Citroën's 'créative technologie.'

With razor sharp styling and a visually-arresting design, Citroën DS3 is a radical take on the compact urban vehicle and a contemporary breath of fresh air for the class.

Designed to meet the requirements of even the most demanding connoisseur, Citroën DS3 offers an extensive array of style, personalisation and quality materials for a bespoke and refined driving experience, whilst at the same time embodying the very latest Citroën technology including fuel-efficient, environmentally-considerate engines.


Citroën's creative talent for innovative vehicle design manifests itself on every feature of the Citroën DS3.

From all angles, the car's undeniable on-road presence and refreshing style is evident with stand-out elements such as the colour-contrasted 'floating roof', 'shark fin' B-pillar and sleek design of the front LED lights - a desirable feature usually seen on premium models.

Inside, the atmosphere in the cabin is one of class and contemporary elegance with an exceptional attention to detail and an extensive use of luxury materials such as leather and chrome. The upper part of the flowing dashboard echoes the floating roof. Thermo-coated components are used throughout - an organic, soft grain material, which contrasts perfectly with the smooth, lacquered effect of the strip runs the full width of the dash from driver to passenger side.

"MY DS3!"

Offering freedom of expression, the innovative Citroën DS3 provides extensive levels of personalisation - both inside and out.

In addition to a range of body shades, the Citroën DS3's distinctive 'floating' roof is available in a choice of four colours - Black, White, Blue and Red - to contrast with the main body of the car. The wing mirrors and rubbing strips can also be personalised in colours or smart chrome finish and the wheels and wheel centres are available in a wide spectrum of colours.

Inside, Citroën DS3 can offer further personalisation with the dashboard strip - which encompasses the air vents, instrument cluster, multi-function screens and even a scented air-fresher - in a choice of six finishes.

The modern seat upholstery design is available in a variety of coloured fabrics and leather; even the gear knob can be tailored in five different trims, combining satin-finish chrome with an array of colours and leather. The smart chrome touches which adorn the Citroën DS3's cabin will also be available in a satin-textured finish. You can even carry a bit of your Citroën DS3 with you thanks to each distinctly styled Citroën DS3 key fob featuring a disc coloured to match your choice of body paint.


Proving that environmentally-considerate motoring doesn't mean having to compromise on style or performance, the Citroën DS3 will be available with a choice of five CO2-efficient Euro V power plants consisting of two HDi diesel units and three BMW co-developed petrol engines, combining refined performance with strong fuel economy.

The two HDi diesels - a 90bhp and an 110bhp - are fitted with Citroën's lauded DPFS (Diesel Particulate Filter System) and the three petrol engines - VTi 95, VTi 120 and THP 150 - are fitted with either 5 or 6 speed manual gearboxes.

Fully in line with Citroën's commitment to producing cleaner, more environmentally considerate vehicles, the two HDi DPFS engines will deliver ultra low CO2 emissions of just 99g/km and 115/g km, whilst the petrol units will emit between 136/km and 160g/km.


Both enjoyable and easy to live with, the Citroën DS3 combines high-end style with practical versatility, creating an exceptionally spacious cabin out of its compact external dimensions - a Citroën speciality.

One of the smallest vehicles in its class - 3.95m long, 1.71m wide and 1.46m high - the Citroën DS3's interior belies its neat frame, setting a new class standard for spaciousness. The result of extensive work on the architecture of the car's interior design, occupants can enjoy levels of roominess normally associated with models in the segment above.

A 'raised' dashboard design creates increased amounts of front leg room whilst the slender front seats and intelligent rear design increases space for rear occupants with all passengers able to enjoy five full-sized seats and ample arm, leg and headroom.

The Citroën DS3 also boasts the largest boot in its class at 285-litres, and for additional load capacity the 60:40 split-fold rear bench can be tumbled forward in a single, effortless movement.


A cockpit-inspired driving position puts the driver firmly in control with a sports-styled instrument cluster featuring three conical dials, small-diameter wheel and low-slung, body-hugging seats. Citroën DS3 delivers a nimble driving experience with a turning circle of around 10.3m also making it a surefooted companion for manoeuvring around cramped urban environments.

Building upon Citroën's extensive experience in producing smooth running-gear, Citroën DS3 delivers impressive ride comfort together with responsive road-handling and dynamic poise. Drivers also benefit from excellent body roll control, responsive and confident cornering thus providing a secure and fulfilling drive.


Citroën DS3 is available with Citroën's latest in-car technology such as the integrated MyWay satellite navigation unit which incorporates a sophisticated audio and multimedia system, wide format colour screen, MP3 and WMA compatible CD player and Bluetooth® hands free kit. Providing exceptional acoustic clarity, the audio system benefits from a third speaker in the middle of the upper dashboard as well as an amplified subwoofer mounted in the boot for a broader frequency response and immersive audio experience.

A convenient range of driving aids will also be available including cruise control with speed limiter, and an intelligent indicator which recommends the optimal moment for gear changes allowing drivers to improve their fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.


The Citroën DS3 is designed with an emphasis on robustness, strength and optimum safety to ensure protection for all occupants. For reassuring control in any driving situation Citroën DS3 models will feature as standard ESP, ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) as well as six airbags and Isofix anchor points on the rear side seats.

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