New Citroën DS4 Unveiled Ahead of 2010 Paris Motor Show

Meet Citroën’s latest creation and the second member of its DS lineup of special models after the DS3, the all-new DS4 that was unveiled today ahead of its public premiere at next month’s Paris Motor Show.

Cloaked in sleek, coupé-esque lines, the five-seat, five-door Citroen DS4 follows in the tyre-tracks of the DS3 launched last year and is claimed to combine a blend of “creativity, dynamism, exclusivity and versatility”.

Citroen DS4 brings an alluring mixture of premium design codes and a bold approach to automotive styling, with an emphasis on driving pleasure and advanced vehicle architecture.

Citroen DS4 is a model with a multitude of talents, effortlessly responding to a broad range of owner needs, while enhancing the appeal and vitality of the motoring experience.

Finely crafted to convey a prestigious presence both inside and out, Citroen DS4 offers meticulous detailing from carefully applied chrome touches to premium cabin materials – such as the finest quality leather seats.

A large panoramic windscreen, offering enhanced occupant visibility, illuminates the driver-focused cockpit, creating a bright and welcoming environment.

Combining coupe style with 2+2 door practicality, Citroen DS4 offers three full-sized rear seats, accessed by rear doors with hidden handles that are seamlessly integrated into the body’s flowing lines. Citroen DS4 also benefits from a capacious 370-litre boot and a host of clever storage solutions.

An example of truly creative design, Citroen DS4 boldly blends a mix of the most desirable styling references to create an exciting new automotive proposition. Marc Pinson, Citroen DS4’s chief stylist, comments, “Reinterpreting cues opened up new possibilities, bringing practical and surprising solutions to automotive mobility”.

Citroen DS4’s cabin is dominated by the large panoramic windscreen that extends backwards into the roofline. Offering up to 45° of upward vision, the panoramic glazed area combines with Citroen DS4’s slightly raised stance, to provide optimised visibility for the driver, with a bright yet intimate, airy cabin environment for passengers.

With its high-set, taut and agile stance, Citroen DS4 is tuned for dynamic performance, appealing to drivers looking for an involving motoring experience.”We really wanted drivers to feel like they have the road at the tips of their fingers”, says Jeremie Maestracci, Citroen DS4’s project manager.

Depending on trim level, Citroen DS4 is fitted with large-diameter (340mm) ventilated disc brakes and, as standard, with dedicated braking control systems, including ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA). Ensuring optimal vehicle control in the most demanding driving situations, Citroen DS4 also features intelligent traction control with ESP.

Citroen DS4 will be launched with a choice of five refined and highly efficient Euro 5 engines. The two HDi diesels – an HDi 110  and an HDi 160 – are both fitted with Citroen’s Diesel Particulate Filter System. The three petrol powerplants – VTi 120, THP 155 and the new THP 200 – were co-developed with BMW.

The new THP 200 – based on the 1.6-litre engine – delivers flexible power delivery and performance thanks to its power output (147kW), plentiful torque (275Nm at 1,700rpm) – with low CO2 emissions of just 149g/km. All engines are available with manual or EGS six-speed gearboxes.

The new DS4 will reach European showrooms in 2011, with more specific details to be released at the 2010 Paris Motor show. [via Daily Telegraph (UK) and Car Scoop]

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