Citroen to unveil the DS3 Cabrio at the 2012 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on August 13, 2012

The cabriolet version of the Citroen DS3 that will be seen at the upcoming Paris Motor Show will feature a roll-back fabric roof rather than a conventional electric folding cloth top. The new roof is the same one used on the Fiat 500C. Last July, DS3 Cabriolets were spied while being loaded on a car transporter.

This exclusive image is indicative of how the production car will appear, according to the pictures and from sources inside Citroen.

The supermini’s roof bars are kept in place while the roof mechanism will concertina back and is positioned above the tailgate. This suggests that the windows will remain where they are and its main body structure won’t need to get major modifications.

However, there will be a new rear window. Because of this, the DS3 doesn’t have to experience the dreaded weight increase of a cabriolet. It’s likely to be cheaper to build as well as to buy, says Autocar.

From these spy images, we see that it is equipped with 17-inch alloys and twin exhausts, demonstrating that the cabriolet will be available in DS3 Sport trim and will be powered by a 148bhp 1.6-litre turbo engine.

The automaker will also offer a more efficient version that uses the current 108bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine. The DS3 Cabriolet will arrive at showrooms in 2013. It will probably be priced at about £2,000 higher than the equivalent hatch, which means that it will be priced from about £17,000 for a 1.6 DStyle.

New Citroën DS3 Cabrio has retained the unique personality of the hatchback, with similar compact and dynamic proportions. Also, it offers bold styling options, from the 'shark fin' B-pillar and 'floating' two-tone roof to the sculpted front end featuring a distinctive LED light signature.

Moreover, the DS3 Cabrio maintains the extensive customization levels of the DS line and is available in 7 body colors with 3 color-coordinated roof designs for 14 combination choices. You can also pick from 9 different wheel styles, allowing you to further express your personality. What’s more, you can specify 16-inch or 17-inch alloys within a range of designs and colors.

The model’s charismatic design is highlighted by extensive chrome detailing, like the one across the boot lid’s top and the one on the rubbing strips’ side, plus dark-tinted rear windows. These also add a more stylish touch to the design.

When it comes to the rear, the Citroën DS3 Cabrio features a striking 3D LED light signature. This all-new three-dimensional LED tail-light technology had been inspired by the designs of the Citroën Revolte and Citroën Survolt concept cars. Furthermore, the light’s central part consists of one rectangular set of 31 LEDs plus semi-reflecting mirrors, which reflect light into 'infinity.' In addition, a 15-LED blade on its upper part emphasizes the 3D unit as well as acts as side and brake lights at the same time. Also incorporated into the car’s design is a chrome-finished DS logo that comes in embossed black DS setting.

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