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Looks like a coupe with those hidden rear door handles. Citroën’s new DS4 does in fact retain individual rear doors for seamless access. Clever.

Citroën’s revival of its fabled DS nameplate has gained another new model as the French manufacturer readies the DS4 for production.

The new DS4 hatchback is set to go after Golf6 market share and aims to combine the chic styling of its smaller DS3 sibling with more generous cabin dimensions.

Citroën claims the DS4’s rear seating is able to accommodate three adults whilst retaining 370l of luggage space.

The company’s current signature styling feature - the oversized panoramic windscreen - provides a surfeit of ambient light to showcase the cabin’s trim, accented with chrome finishes and a choice of textured leather trimmings.

Looks like a coupe (hatchback)

Exterior styling evokes all that is good about the DS. heritage. Daytime LED running lights, optional 19-inch wheels and chrome surrounds framing the side windows all add a dash of French panache.

Hidden rear door releases and a sloping roofline endow the DS4 with authentic coupe surfacing and the rear styling benefits from an interesting parallelogram shaped exhaust end treatment, housed in the bumper.

Citroën’s mechanical engineers have focused on providing the DS4 with harmonious dynamics – agile, but with an environmental conscience.

To this end a traditional front-wheel suspension configuration (McPherson struts up, beam at the rear) rolls the wheels, with five engines powering the range.

The two diesel engines are Citroën’s HDi 110 and 160, with the three petrol powerplants being joint-venture BMW units – designated VTi 120, THP 155 and 200.

The range-topping THP 200 is a 147kW forced induction 1.6l engine, driving via a six-speed electronic gear select transmission. Stopping power is well catered for with larger 340mm diameter rotors and the full suite of ABS deceleration aids – including EBD and EBA.

An updated version of Citroën’s stop-start system will debut in the DS4 too, requiring only 0.4 seconds to restart the engine after being brought to a stop in traffic.

The DS4 is set to go on sale early next year. It will be officially unveiled at the Paris motor show in a month's time.

Wheels24 will be at the show to bring you the latest coverage.


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