Saturday, September 12, 2009

New Reveal : 2011 Citroën DS3

We all know Citroën, as a French automaker, that pretty much makes compact city cars. In these times, it's actually the perfect timing for Citroën to shine, as new retro compact city cars are the hit. So, cars like the Mini Cooper, and Fiat 500, are benchmarks. So now, Citroën is competing with this, the 2011 DS3, a retro re-make of the 1960 Citroën DS. The 2011 Citroën DS3 will make its live debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Exterior Design:
Now although Citroën is trying to set the DS3 as a revolutionary re-make of the original '60s DS, the DS3 in fact, is an identical twin to the 2009 Citroën DS Line Concept, which is always a good thing. So all the Concept's greats are featured on the DS3, like the front-bumper LED day-time lights, weirdly-shaped rear-windows, and even the cool-looking wheels. In fact, the only notable differences between the prototype and the production car concern the replacement of the concept's central tailpipe with two outlets and the conventional roof antenna. On the technical side, the production DS3 is relatively the same size as the Fiat 500 and Mini Cooper. Unique option on the DS3, is the optional colors for the roof, which include black, white, blue, and red, with various shades as well.
Interior Design:
The DS3's stylishly aggressive exterior is matched with an equally tasty interior which is shared with the new 2010 C3 hatchback. Being a more upscale model, the DS3 features a more trendy trim decor than its five-door sibling. Citroën also offers customized interior setups for the DS3, like a choice of six finishes for the dashboard strip which encompasses the air vents, instrument cluster, multi-function screens and the scented air-fresher; while there's also a variety of colored fabrics and leather, and even five different trims for the gear shifter.
Being European, Citroën has to offer many various engine options, including diesel and petrol engines. Two diesel engines come with CO2-efficient Euro V - certified HDi engines, that develop 90 hp and 110 hp. Whereas three petrol BMW co-developed engines, come in 1.6L of displacement, outputting 95 hp and 120 hp naturally-aspirated, and 150 hp with a turbocharger. Mini and Fiat ought to take notice, as the new DS3 will go on sale in most European markets by early 2010, as a 2011 model year.

Source : [Citroën]

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