2010 Geneva Motor Show: Citroen DS High Rider

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 26, 2010

Citroen's new DS High Rider crossover concept will soon enter production as the DS4, which is set to rival the Nissan Juke and Mini Countryman. The High Rider, which was recently introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, is a three-door, four-seater vehicle. The carmaker said that for production, it will gain another two doors.

The production DS4, which will appear very close to the concept, will be showcased at the Paris motor show in the autumn.

The DS4 uses the same platform as the Citroen C4, which will be launched later in the year. Measuring 1480mm and 1820mm, the DS4 is taller and wider than the current C4 hatch.

However, it is a bit shorter than the current C4 at 4260mm. The DS4's styling is inspired by the smaller DS3 and the C-SportLounge concept from 2005 and when compared to the C4, it is certainly much more radical.

The styling of the High Rider's front-end is similar to the DS3. They have the same grille, headlights, bonnet sculpting and badging -- all of which will also be used by the DS4 production car. The features that won't make it to production include the fog lights, 19-inch alloys and fabric roof.

With spacious interiors, and excellent handling, the DS High Rider promises an excellent experience for both its driver and customers. When it first appeared in 2010’s Geneva Motor show, it had dimensions of 4.26 meters in length, 1.82 meters in width and 1.48 meters in height.

DS High Rider employs a “Full Hybrid” diesel engine to power its performance. The system makes use of a rear-mounted electric motor, and an HDI DPFS engine.

The use of these two components makes sure that the DS High Rider can achieve optimal performance and excellent fuel efficiency, as well as impressive reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. It is even designed, under specific driving requirements, to produce additional power to improve performance via the rear wheels.

Press Release


Citroën has released first details of a striking new concept design that will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. DS HIGH RIDER is the second concept associated with Citroën's innovative and distinctively styled DS line.

Without denying the appeal of conventional coupés, DS HIGH RIDER represents a bold and radical vision of the future, combining compact dimensions with generous internal volumes, dynamic performance, sophisticated style and consummate quality.

Unlike traditional 4-seater coupés, with their long, low design, the DS HIGH RIDER is compact and muscular.

Its character is expressed in its unique driving sensations, with a sleek flowing windscreen that soars over the heads of front occupants - hinting at a bright and spacious cabin environment. The apparently continuous glazed area of the side windows connects the A-pillars to the gently sloping roof line of the rear.

Planted firmly on stylish 19" alloy wheels and beautifully in proportion, DS HIGH RIDER's confident profile is characterised by its high waistline. Its front end is purposeful with gaping air intakes, long incisive headlights and defined ridges along the bonnet.

DS HIGH RIDER is an expression of automotive luxury and elegance - exemplified by its glossy golden paintwork and brushed chrome trim that accentuate the car's flowing lines. The roof is covered with a coated textile material - a tactile feature of quality.

Just 4.26m long, 1.82m wide & 1.48m high, DS HIGH RIDER combines a neat and nimble chassis, for responsive handling, with intelligent design architecture that provides occupants with a generous amount of internal space.

DS HIGH RIDER's ability to rise above conventional design constraints is also reflected in its choice of power. Offering an enjoyable driving experience with dynamic on-road performance, DS HIGH RIDER is respectful of the environment with an advanced 'Full Hybrid' diesel drivetrain that combines a refined HDi DPFS* engine under the bonnet with an electric motor located on the rear axle. The hybrid platform enables DS HIGH RIDER to combine the fuel efficiency and power of an HDi diesel engine with the ecological benefits of a new generation electric ZEV (Zero Emission Vehicle). Under certain conditions, both engines combine to deliver additional power with additional torque transmitted to the rear wheels.

* Diesel Particulate Filter System

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