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by Matt Campbell

DS-5-3Citroen‘s luxury offshoot DS has revealed a facelifted version of its crossover-style hatchback, the DS 5.

The new-look DS 5 dumps all references to its parent brand, losing the chevron badge in favour of a bold DS icon centrally positioned on the updated car’s grille.

DS-5-1The front-end also sees the adoption of xenon LED headlights, with the rethought bonnet line making the chrome eyebrows over the light assemblies even more prominent, particularly in contrast to the new Ink Blue paint.

A new lower bumper further highlights the changes to the front-end of the car, while at the rear there revised tail-light assemblies.

DS-5-2Inside, the updated DS 5 sees a revised centre stack and colour touchscreen system that has done away with 12 buttons for a more clutter-free look, and the media unit can mirror what is shown on your smartphone screen.

Other tech inclusions consist of a blind-spot monitoring system, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam lighting with bending beams, a head-up display, and a reverse-view camera.

DS-5-5Under the bonnet of the updated DS 5 in Europe are a range of updated PSA (PeugeotCitroen) motors, including the 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder THP 165 unit that pushes out 121kW and 240Nm, and comes paired to a revised six-speed automatic gearbox.

Further engine options for select markets are set to include the BlueHDi 120 diesel with 88kW/300Nm, as well as the all-wheel drive diesel hybrid version which combines a 2.0-litre four-cylinder with a 28kW electric motor.

DS-5-4Australia is set to continue with the current drivetrain, that being the 2.0-litre turbo diesel BlueHDi 180, which produces 133kW/400Nm and comes paired to a six-speed auto. It is front-wheel drive. See below for an image of the existing Citroen DS 5.

Tyson Bowen, public relations and communications manager for Peugeot-Citroen importer Sime Darby Motors Group, told CarAdvice that the facelifted DS 5 could arrive here by the end of this year.

2014-citroen-ds5-11However, despite the new model attempting to discard its association with Citroen, buyers will still need to shop at Citroen dealerships to find a DS model, even though there’s a global push to separate the two.

“At the present point in time, it will continue as status quo,” Bowen said. “We will take our lead from France based on the roll-out in other markets.

“It’s going to be a case by case basis,” he said of the potential for DS to roll out its own line of dealerships. “At present there are no moves, and we will wait and bide our time.”

The updated DS 5 will debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show in March.

Watch our old versus new test of the original Citroen DS and the 2014 Citroen DS 5.




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