Citroën has released the official photos gallery for the new DS5, the star model that will have the leading role on the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show on the French stand. The third proposal of the exclusive DS range presented in the form of a prototype at the Shanghai Motor Show, we had seen before only in the final three photos of the interior. The debut of the Citroen DS5 on international markets is planned for early 2012.
Citroen DS5 is described as “the manifestation of its finest expertise. A daring and sculptural creation, the DS5 perfectly expresses the DS spirit, namely bold choices on styling, architecture, sensations and refinement, while implementing the best in Citroën technology.”
The new Citroen DS5 is based on the C-Sport Lounge concept and features the same styling cues as the Citroen DS3 and Citroen DS4. The exterior is defined by flowing lines, a sleek profile, 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. Compared to the other DS model, the DS5 Citroen features chrome-finished “sabre” inserts stretching from the top of each headlamp to the windscreen. At the rear, there are two tail pipes built into the rear bumper and highlighted by a rear signature featuring six light guides. The DS5 will sit on large alloy wheels, size 16″ to 19″.
The same design language is also continued on the interior, where Citroen did their best in making the driver’s job as easy as possible. There is a river-focused cockpit featuring a coupe-like driving position with a near-vertical steering wheel and a wide central console. However, it might be useful to have a manual around you as there are tons of buttons, switches, scroll wheels, and toggles grouped on two central consoles – one low down and one above the driver’s head, “pilot-style”.
The new Citroen DS5 is the company’s first model to feature HYbrid4 diesel hybrid technology that combines a 2.0 liter diesel engine with an electric motor powering the rear axle. The system delivers a total of 200 HP and is combined with four-wheel drive capability, emission-free electric power for the city, and an acceleration boost function for the open road. With this engine set-up, the new HYbrid4 system emits only 99 g/km of CO2.
There is no word just yet on the Citroen DS5 price.