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by Tim Beissmann

The New Year is shaping as a big one for Citroen Australia, with the brand targeting 2500 sales – an increase of more than 50 per cent compared with 2011. Three new models – DS4, DS5 and C4 Aircross – will steal the headlines, but it will be cars like the C3, DS3, C4 and C5 that determine if 2012 is a success of failure for Citroen. Model Year 2012 upgrades for almost every vehicle were rolled out in October, bringing with them reduced prices, new powertrains and enhanced equipment lists.



Vehicle type: Small car. Timing: Q1


The C4-based premium small car follows the lead of the smaller DS3, becoming the second car in Citroen Australia’s sexy DS model line. Three 1.6-litre turbocharged engines will be available from launch: an 82kW/270Nm e-HDi diesel and a 115kW/240Nm petrol – both teamed with a the six-speed EGS (semi-automatic) gearbox – and a 147kW/275Nm petrol with a six-speed manual. The latter accelerates from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds, while the diesel will be the most frugal, with combined cycle fuel consumption of around 4.5 litres per 100km. Expect prices to range from the low-$30,000s to around $45,000.

Click to read more about the  2012 Citroen DS4.



Vehicle type: Medium car. Timing: Mid-2012


The radical DS5 will create its own niche in the New Year as a super-stylish, luxury shooting brake. Expect petrol and diesel engines to be offered locally from launch, while the hero powertrain – the super-efficient diesel hybrid – will follow either late in 2012 or early in 2013. Based on the same platform as the Peugeot 3008, the DS5 could drag people out of SUVs and more expensive mid-sized sedans and wagons. Australian prices haven’t been set yet, but somewhere between $50,000 and $70,000 seems likely.

Click to read more about the  2012 Citroen DS5.



Vehicle type: Compact SUV. Timing: Q3


Citroen Australia’s first SUV arrives early in the second half of 2012. Based on the Mitsubishi ASX, the C4 Aircross will be the third of the triplets to hit local showrooms (the mechanically similar Peugeot 4008 is set to launch in the second quarter of 2012). The 113kW/198Nm 2.0-litre petrol model teamed with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) will definitely come here. The local distributor is also considering a diesel engine, and is yet to decide whether it will offer both front- and all-wheel drive variants. Depending on the final specifications, the C4 Aircross should start below $30,000 and top out around $40,000.

Click to read more about the  2012 Citroen DS5.