Citroen has set its path in motion for the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show with a teaser image of DS5 and it is the third model in the DS line up after DS3 and DS4. It is the Citroen’s first ever diesel hybrid. DS5 is a five door hatchback with an estate sized boot and it is at the top in the DS Series above the recently launched DS4. A feature that separates DS5 from other cars produced by the company is a chrome finished strip running from the top of the headlamp units to the mid point of the A pillar.
The important point to be described is PSA Peugeot Citroen’s Hybrid4 diesel technology, which appears for the first time in the Citroen. This technology was before introduced in Peugeot’s 3008. Combining the company’s 2.0-litre HDi power plant to an electric motor, the system will produce 200bhp and crucially 99g/km of CO2. The front wheels are powered by the batteries and the engine drives the rears giving the DS5 four wheel drive capability. Only diesel variant offers features of PSA’s 2.2-litre HDi unit, while petrol cars will be catered with a 200bhp turbo engine.
The exterior has a sleek profile, flowing lines and muscular wheel arches. Up front, the car gets an oversized air intake, a large chrome finished grille housing the chevrons, and a new LED light signature. At the rear, there are two tail pipes built into the rear bumper and highlighted by a rear signature featuring six light guides. While coming to the interior it has a river focused cockpit featuring a coupe like driving position with a near vertical steering wheel and a wide central console. Fine-grain Club leather covered interiors are present in the car.
Price of the car is yet to be announced but the expected price for this car is starting from around £23,000, with HYbrid4 models costing close to £30k. In Frankfurt Motor Show which is going to be held in September this year, this car is going to do its European debut and sales will begin in early 2012.