Citroen DS5 is a compact executive car by French automaker Citroën that will go on sale across Europe in late 2011. Citroen DS5 will be the third model in the new premium (Luxury vehicle) sub-brand DS and will run alongside its mainstream cars. The new Citroen DS5 was revealed at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show in April.
The DS5 mixes hatchback and estate styling resembling a shooting-brake. The Citroen DS5 styling was influenced by the C-Sportlounge concept car shown at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show which is 4530 mm long and 1871 mm wide, dimensions that are similar to those of the Peugeot 3008 and Lancia Delta. This is hardly a coincidence: the Citroen DS5 is based on the PF2 platform as 3008 is too, not on the C5 as its name would imply.
There will be two diesels in the new Citroen DS5: an 112bhp 1.6-litre version that’s available only with Citroen’s clunky automated manual gearbox, and a 163bhp 2.0-litre unit that can be specked with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The petrol options are likely to be niche offerings in the UK; there’s a choice of 1.6-litre turbocharged units, with 156bhp or 200bhp. Buyers will be able to choose between several petrol and diesel engines of this Citroen DS5, but the drivetrain that Citroën is focusing on is PSA’s Hybrid4.
The Citroen DS5 Hybrid Diesel marries a 163 hp 2.0 HDi diesel engine with a 37 hp (28 kW) electric motor mounted on the rear axle and sends the power to all four wheels as it is needed. The electric motor can power the Citroen DS5 by itself if the battery is sufficiently charged. It is also worth noting that the Citroen DS5 will be the first Citroën with a hybrid drivetrain, a technology that is not as widespread in Europe as it is in the United States.
The Citroen DS5 interior is designed with an aeronautical theme, including a ‘cockpit’ roof that includes panoramic glass (with three separate blinds), and switches mounted along a central tunnel. It all delivers dramatic effect, but it certainly works. The choice of materials doesn’t let the Citroen DS5 down, either; there are soft-touch materials and chunky, solid-feeling switchgear throughout.
Citroen’s head-up display works well, and while there’s a slightly confusing scattering of switches on the huge centre console, the fascia’s driver-focused layout means they’re all within reach. There’s plenty of room in the back of the Citroen DS5 for two people, and just about enough space for three, although headroom could be an issue for those over six feet.
The Citroen DS5 was most certainly built as an alternative for the group’s other HYbrid4 powered crossover. Citroen DS5 will adopt a consensual style as its competitors VW Golf, Peugeot 308 and Renault Megane. C4 in the range will always be found a proposal minivan in two versions C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso (restyled in 2011).
Of course, the Citroen DS5 2012 model is far more impressive than the Peugeot 308 model, but when it comes to performance, they are identical. If people decide they want a model with style and luxury then they should opt for the Citroen DS5 model. The only problem with that is the extra oomph provided by the new 2012 Citroen DS5 model will come with a higher price tag. Citroen DS5 price will start at £23,000 and go up to £33,000 for the Hybrid4 – which will come in top spec only.
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