Citroen kill off the DS 3, DS revive the 3…
Based on the same underpinnings as the outgoing Citroen-badged model, the new DS 3 is a heavy facelift that grafts the DS corporate face on to the front of the family hatchback. However, it’s not all just bold new design, with enhanced connectivity options and a revised range of engines and gearboxes available.
It’s the exterior changes that will attract most attention, with chrome ‘wings’ spreading from the wide grille underneath new LED headlights. the distinctive shark-fin B-pillar remains on the side of the car, while little has changed at the back.
Inside the car are new trims and design packages, although they’re not hugely distinctive from what exists now. The seven-inch touchscreen that now dominates the dashboard is a bigger talking point, simplifying the fascia while adding Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink to the connectivity mix. These allow you to use your smartphone via the car’s touchscreen, with promises of heavily integrated and advanced technology options coming along in time.
Under the bonnet there’s the PureTech 130 engine fitted to the DS 3 for the first time. This 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine produces an impressive 128bhp while promising to return 62.8mpg. CO2 emissions of 105g/km leave it in a low, if not free, car tax band.
The BlueHDi 100 option, powered by a 1.6-litre diesel unit, brings the car in to a tax-free zone thanks to 87g/km of CO2 being emitted
A further four engine options will be available, as well as a six-speed manual gearbox and new automatic transmission option.
They’ll all be available in hatchback or soft-top form, the latter retaining its distinctive sliding fabric roof that can now be customised with DS prints.
Customisation runs deep through the DS 3, with more than three million combinations of roof, body, door mirrors, dashboard colours and gear knobs being available, although most are on the hatchback. Buyers can choose between 78 body and roof combinations on that model, but there are just four colour choices for the convertible’s roof.
The new DS 3 will arrive in the UK next month, the facelift and accompanying equipment level increases brining a small hike in prices with them.