2011 Citroen DS4

Back in February of 2009, we reported that Citroen planned on bringing back its legendary DS line, first with a DS3 based on the C3, with expansions to follow. The DS3, which launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, will be joined later this year by the just-revealed DS4.

Based on Citroen’s C4, the DS4 represents a step up in luxury from the standard car. Like the DS3, it’s is aimed at premium four-door hatchbacks, such as the Audi A3. The styling is more refined than that of the standard C4, with taut, flowing lines. It also does away with much of the busyness we bemoaned on the DS3, although we still liked the styling.

Like the DS3, the DS4 features LED daytime running lights. Unlike the DS3, however, which features them in a recessed vertical strip, the DS4’s LEDs are integrated elegantly around the fog lights. The DS4 also sports a blacked-out B-pillar, a styling cue similar to the DS3’s floating B-pillar. Hidden rear door handles help to enhance the smooth look of the DS4 and chrome trim completes the exterior.

The interior of the DS4 is just as elegant as the exterior, with high-quality, textured leather seats available in five different colors, including several two-tone options. Citroen also gives buyers the option of having the dashboard and door panels wrapped in cow’s hide. Chrome accents around the gauges and air vents give the interior an even more upscale feel without being overwrought.

Unlike the DS3, which uses the same powertrains as the standard C3, Citroen will offer more powertrain options in the DS4. The C4 is available with four engines — two diesel, one diesel with start-stop, and a gasoline engine — based on region. The DS4 will be offered with a total of six engines — two diesels, one diesel with start-stop, and three gasoline engines. The range-topping gasoline engine is turbocharged 1.6-liter I-4 that puts out 200 horsepower, eclipsing the most powerful C4 engine by 80 horsepower. Another change from the C4 is that all DS4s are equipped with either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, whereas the C4 can be had with a five-speed manual.

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