The company planned DS4 and DS5 models set for release in 2011 has been unveiled by Citroen. These models are mechanically related to the C4 and C5 families but they will be significantly distinct from the DS3 and C3. The C-Sportlounge concept, which was unveiled way back in 2005 and comes with an egg-shaped coupe-MPV hybrid and inspired the most current C4 Picasso, is also the source of the DS4 inspiration.
The DS4, a sporty 2+2 and described as a GT for the modern age, will complement the continuing C4 hatches and Picasso, besides providing the Citroen a challenger to the Peugeot 3008 and Nissan Qashqai.
The second model, the DS5, will have the characteristics of a crossover similar to the BMW coupe-SUV called the X6. The model is a carry over from the Hypnos concept that was shown at the Paris event the previous autumn.
The production model will not receive the rear-hinged doors or the color changing upholstery, but it will be come with a similar outline of the diesel-electric hybrid powertrain. On the other hand, the production model of the DS3 will be released this autumn at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is claimed by insiders at Citroen that a lot of the details of the DS Inside concept will be carried over to the production version, except for the textured leather top which might be replaced by a vinyl variant.
Also likely to be offered are leathers seats that come with interlocking patches and a graduating color that moves from black to pale grey. The DS3 will share the same platform and some of the powertrains of the latest C3 which will also be introduced in the upcoming Frankfurt event. Powerplant lineup will consist of the 150bhp turbocharged 1.6 gasoline power unit equipped with the DS Inside.
The DS3 is a three-door supermini and the C3 a five-door model, therefore every body panel will be distinct. It was revealed by the carmaker that the present C3 and Pluriel is to cease production this November and that also there is no model to replace the Pluriel and that the retiring C2 is to be replaced by a C-Cactus concept derivative.