Citroen DS 3 & DS 3 Cabrio to be updated with new features & technologies


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May 22, 2014: Ever-popular DS 3 & DS 3 Cabrio to be updated with new features & technologies New Xenon full LED light signature introduced, delivering more style, better visibility & less energy consumption New engines to be introduced, including Euro 6 BlueHDi 120 & BlueHDi 100 DS 3 & DS 3 Cabrio now feature ‘Active City Brake’ for safer city driving

Following exceptional acclaim since launch and an impressive 300,000 sales globally, selected versions of the popular DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio are to be updated with a new light signature, new engines and additional technology features.

THE NEW GAZE OF DS 3: BETTER VISIBILITY, SENSUAL & HYPNOTIC

All DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio DSport versions from July production will feature state-of-the-art headlights inspired by two innovative concept cars – Numéro 9 and Wild Rubis. Combining LED and Xenon modules with new sequential indicators, the new headlights represent a world first for the brand.

The all-new headlights offer exceptional lighting performance when used in dipped or high-beam mode, with the LED and Xenon modules combining to provide enhanced visibility and driver comfort at night.

Efficiency, too, is improved; energy consumption is 35% lower in dipped mode and 75% lower in high-beam mode, while the LEDs last up to 20 times longer than halogen lights, with an impressive standard lifetime of 20,000 hours.

Already strong on visual appeal, DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio’s new headlights are now more striking than ever. The LED modules have been arranged to provide a distinctive signature and the sequential indicators – a class exclusive – add further appeal.

Both DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio retain their distinctive 3D-effect LED rear lights, with a chrome finished DS logo in a black embossed DS pattern setting. The existing LED daytime running lights compliment the new lighting signature at the front of both cars.

NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR PERSONALISATION

To further enhance the allure of DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio, and to ensure that they remain unique and desirable, the brand is also introducing a new range of personalisation options.

Also from July production, selected versions of DS 3 will be available with the choice of a laser-etched dashboard strip and a screen-printed rear window. Colour options have also been enhanced, with the addition of Pearl White as a body colour on DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio. Belle-Ile Blue is also introduced on DS 3 Cabrio. DS 3 gains the availability of new visually striking 17” diamond-cut alloy wheels on selected models.

NEW ENGINES: PERFORMANCE & EFFICIENCY COMBINED

Already acknowledged for their perfect balance between performance and comfort, DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio will also gain new Euro 6 compliant diesel and petrol engines.

Two new Euro 6 diesel engines will become available; the BlueHDi 120 and BlueHDi 100. Both engines will offer more power and lower emissions. Thanks to the use of leading-edge technology, including SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction), NOx emissions are cut by 90%, while CO2 emissions are cut by up to 4%.

The BlueHDi 100 will be class-leading in terms of emissions, producing just 79g/km of CO2. The BlueHDi 120 emits 94g/km of CO2. As well as reducing emissions and delivering greater levels of performance, both engines improve fuel efficiency, boasting figures of up to 94mpg for the BlueHDi 100 and up to 78mpg for the BlueHDi 120 version.

A new petrol engine also becomes available in some markets (to be confirmed for the UK) in the form of a Euro 6-compliant PureTech e-VTi 82 ETG. Delivering 69mpg over a combined cycle and producing just 95g/km of CO2, this engine is available with the automated manual ETG (Efficient Tronic Gearbox). The 5-speed ‘box features a creep function and optimised software mapping, which adjusts power delivery for smoother starts and a better driving experience.

HIGH-TECH EQUIPMENT, FOR A SAFER, MORE COMFORTABLE DRIVE

DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio are already recognised for having the largest boot in their class and five ‘real’ seats – they can now boast new features to improve the city driving experience.

Selected versions will be available in the UK (from July production) with ‘Active City Brake’. This is an automatic braking system that helps to prevent low-speed collisions. This is achieved thanks to a short-range radar, mounted at the top of the windscreen, which identifies slow moving or stationary vehicles on the road ahead. If the vehicle is driving at speeds lower than 20mph, the sensor activates the brakes to avoid a potential collision.

Day-to-day manoeuvres are made easier too, with the addition of an optional reversing camera on both DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio. This camera is automatically linked to the eMyWay navigation system for ease of use.

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