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Citroen Style: from DS to DS5
Citroen Style: from DS to DS5
Citroen Style: from DS to DS5

France is a country synonymous with style and in the automotive world, there is no brand more ‘French’ than Citroen.

Renowned as being innovators of both design and technology, Citroen has always taken pride in being a little bit different.

Australia has one of the most diverse new car markets in the world, with almost 60 manufacturers to choose from. And because some buyers are more interested in the style and design of a car rather than the simple facts and figures on a spec sheet, we’re going to take a closer look at what’s behind the iconic French brand.

Citroen launched the DS sub-brand in 2011 to showcase their premium models and edgier designs.

The Citroen DS5 was released in Australia earlier this year, and features many elements that draw from Citroen’s 95 year history to make the new car stand out from the pack.

Famous for turning a futuristic show car into an owner’s reality, the DS5 was developed from the stunning C-Sport Lounge concept car and even shares some of the show car’s stranger features.

The chrome ‘sabres’ that extend from the headlights to behind the windscreen pillar are there to make the car seem visually longer to the eye.

On a car like the Nissan GTR, where every ridge, bump and edge is there purely to make the car more efficient at speed, elements on the Citroen are incorporated for symmetry and aesthetics.

Citroen Style: from DS to DS5
Citroen Style: from DS to DS5
Citroen Style: from DS to DS5
Citroen Style: from DS to DS5

While the DS5 isn’t quite as radical as earlier models, the interior has been designed so that each control performs a single function.

The layout of the cabin has been developed like that of a cockpit, even utilising roof-mounted switches on the unique centre console.

But to get a true look at how Citroens have matured into cars like the DS5, lets wind the clock back 50 years and take a look at a car that not only cemented Citroen as a technological innovator, but perfectly captures that unique French style – the Citroen DS.

Best known for it’s futuristic styling and hydropneumatic suspension, the DS wowed audiences when it was released at the Paris motor show in 1955.

Co-designed by an Italian sculptor and a French aeronautical engineer, the DS was destined to be ahead of its time.

Utilising hydraulics for the brakes, steering, suspension, clutch and gearbox, the DS was one of the most advanced cars in the world.

Looking at the original DS next to the new DS5, you can see elements that link the cars together. The large C-pillar for example, now glass on the DS5, is a direct connection to the original car. As is the disappearing roofline – a distinct throwback to the roof-mounted indicators on the DS.

95 years strong, Citroen is still able to innovate and inspire by thinking outside the box and implementing more than a bit of flair into their cars.

Citroen Style: from DS to DS5
Citroen Style: from DS to DS5

Now, with all models backed by a 6-year unlimited km warranty, you can get style and substance straight off the showroom floor.



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Citroen Ds5 Specs

DSPORT : MY13 : 1.6L TURBO MPFI - 6 SP AUTOMATIC - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 4D WAGON
Car Details
Make
CITROEN
Model
DS5
Variant
DSPORT
Series
MY13
Year
2014
Body Type
4D WAGON
Seats
5
Pricing
New Price
N/A
Private Sale
$33,220 - $37,750
Dealer Retail
$33,210 - $39,490
Dealer Trade
$25,800 - $30,200
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
TURBO MPFI
Engine Size
1.6L
Cylinders
TURBO 4
Max. Torque
240Nm @  1400rpm
Max. Power
115kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
76.9W/kg
Bore & Stroke
77x85.8mm
Compression Ratio
10.5
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
0
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
60Litres
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7.1L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1495
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1504mm
Length
4530mm
Width
1817mm
Ground Clearance
152mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1150  Unbrake:745
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.7
Front Rim Size
8x18
Rear Rim Size
8x18
Front Tyres
235/45 R18
Rear Tyres
235/45 R18
Wheel Base
2727
Front Track
1580
Rear Track
1615
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Trailing arm, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Comfort
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones, Heated Front Seats, Power front seats, Power Sunroof, Sport Seats
Control & Handling
18 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder, Traction Control System
Driver
Adjustable Steering Wheel - Tilt & Telescopic, Cruise Control, Head Up Display, Leather Steering Wheel, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Mobile Phone Connectivity, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering, Reversing Camera, Satellite Navigation, Trip Computer
Entertainment
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Xenon Headlights
Interior
Centre Console Box - Multi-purpose, Leather Upholstery, Power Windows
Safety
Dual Front Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Side Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Entertainment
Premium Sound System
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Other
Service Interval
6 months /  10,000 kms
Warranty
72 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Top Scuttle
Country of Origin
France