The first official images of the Citroen DS3 Cabrio have been released, giving us our first look at the soft-top hatch before it's unveiled to the public at the 2012 Paris motor show at the end of September.
Following our story earlier this month, the official images show the Citroen DS3 Cabrio will keep the fixed-roof DS3's trademark 'floating' two-tone roof look and 'shark fin' style feature despite losing its lid.
The DS3 Cabrio's electrically operated fabric roof, which can be closed in 16 seconds at speeds up to 120km/h, is available in three designs: Black, Infinite Blue and a DS Monogramme – the latter incorporates the DS logo into a subtle design using two contrasting grey tones.
Operated by a ceiling console-mounted button, the roof aperture can be adjusted into three positions - intermediate, horizontal and total - and is accompanied by an aerodynamic deflector to prevent air buffeting when completely retracted.
The variable-roofed DS3 adds 25kg over the hatchback but Citroen says the Cabrio maintains the same rigidity, strength and agility and as the 115kW/240Nm turbocharged 1.6-litre hatchback while soundproofing too is comparable to the solid-roof model when the roof is closed.
The Citroen DS3 Cabrio also retains practicality with a 245-litre boot - the largest in its class according to the French manufacturer - as well as the DS3’s 60/40 split-fold rear seats.
The new roof isn’t the DS3 Cabrio's only party trick. An all-new 3D LED tail-light design, inspired by the Citroen Revolte and Survolt concept cars, features a rectangular set of 31 LEDs and semi-reflecting mirrors, and a 15-LED blade on the upper part of the light. The unit is flanked by a chrome-finished DS logo set in an embossed black DS setting.
A new tailgate with a chrome-finished handle and original circular motion opening system - allowing the boot to be opened even when parked close to other objects - completes the rear-end.
Inside white LED ambient lighting is teamed with white instrument cluster lighting, all-new upholstery and colour-coded trim highlights on the dashboard, air vent surrounds and shift knob.
The Citroen DS3 Cabrio, produced at the company's Poissy production plant, will launch early in 2013 before joining its hard-top brethren in Australian showrooms in the third quarter of next year.
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