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by Matt Brogan

After unveiling its stunning DS3 model at the Geneva Motor Show overnight, Citroen has this morning confirmed the distinctive newcomer will hit the Australian market as early as August.

The DS3 can be fully personalised with a broad range of styling components and is said to blend intelligent design with dynamic on-road performance.

The new DS line will feature a range of distinctive models with a more radical design content. The DS3 will be the first of the line up to make it to Australia, expanding of the brand’s flair for creativity and technology.

The striking lines of the DS3 build on the Concept vehicle’s original creations and retain many of the basic design cues proposed by the early example. The ‘floating’ roof and ‘shark fin’ waistline are retained as are the front LED daytime running lights.

Inside the DS3 promotes a unique on-board atmosphere by utilising sophisticated instrumentation – with three conical dials on the cluster – driver-focused commands, low-set driving position and body-hugging seats (CarAdvice hope to bring you more pictures of the DS3 this afternoon).

Exterior personalisation components include the roof, body, rearview mirror housings and wheels. Inside, customers get a choice of dashboard strip, gearstick knob and a host of other interior equipment. Fabrics and materials can also be customised.

The DS3 will be offered with a choice of five efficient Euro V compliant engines (though not all will be offered in Australia) with CO2 emissions from as low as 99g/km. Two diesel units develop 67kW and 82kW, while three petrol offerings deliver 71kW, 89kW and 112kW.

Up back the five-seat Citroen DS3 makes the most of its intelligent design by offering a 285-litre boot and modular 60:40 split-fold rear bench seat. The car’s exterior dimensions measure 3950mm (L) x 1710mm (W) x 1460mm (H).




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