Citroen’s luxury division, DS, has launched a limited-run DS 4 Crossback compact crossover for the Australian market – with 25 of the two-plus-two, high-riding coupes initially available for order.
The all-new DS 4 Crossback benefits from a higher ride height, 17” Canberra alloys, revised suspension tune, all-new Euro-6 diesel drivetrain and a new six-speed automatic gearbox, co-developed with Japanese driveline company Aisin.
As standard, the DS 4 Crossback features over the previous hatchback, LED-headlamps and daytime running lamps, black wheel arch trims, a differentiated front end and rear spoiler also finished in black, grey roof bars, black door mirrors, door sills and carpet mats, and a ride height 30mm higher than the hatchback.
Standard on-board technology extends to a new 7-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, Apple Carplay, Mirror Link, DAB+ digital radio, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, massaging front seats, leather seats and steering wheel along with steering wheel controls.
A comprehensive suite of standard safety features extends to blind spot monitoring, rear camera with front and rear parking sonar, automatic lights and wipers, LED fog-lamps with cornering function, tyre pressure warning sensors and six airbags.
Powering the DS 4 Crossback is an all-new BlueHdi turbo-diesel four cylinder engine developing 133kW of power and 400Nm of torque, 13kW and 60Nm more than the outgoing powertrain. It sips half a litre less fuel on the combined cycle and is Euro-6 certified over the previous Euro-5.
Paired to a new six-speed automatic transmission, the new drivetrain also increases performance, with the 0-100km/h acceleration time arriving 0.7 of a second quicker than before at 8.6 seconds.
Rivaling the Audi Q3 and MINI Countryman, the DS 4 will carry a driveaway price of $46,990 and includes a 6-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.
General Manager of DS Australia, Kai Bruesewitz, said the limited run DS 4 sets a new beginning for premium French vehicles in Australia.
“With its all new-look, drivetrain and significant standard specification we believe the DS 4 will appeal to those customers looking to stand out from the crowd,” said Breusewtiz.
“As the DS marque evolves both locally and globally, Australians will begin to see a return to French design and luxury, and the DS 4 is a step towards an all-new line of vehicles that capture the best in French design, quality and innovation.”
“The evolution of the DS marque in Australia will take some time and will be led by product, with the first all-new DS vehicle launching in the coming years,” said Bruesewitz.
The DS 4 is available in a choice of six exterior colours including Blanc Nacre (White) and five metallic paints at $800.
Metallic colours include Orange Tourmaline, Gris Artense (Grey), Blue Encre (Navy), Noir Perla Nera (Black) and Gris Platinum (Silver).
18″ Brisbane alloy wheels are also available as an option for $1000.