• Apr 18, 2011
Citroën DS5 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Citroën has taken the digital wraps off of its upcoming DS5 as part of its debut at this week's Shanghai Motor Show, and from the looks of things, the new model is about as sexy as a small wagon/hatch can be. There's plenty of influence from the smaller DS3 thanks to an aggressively swept nose and curvaceous flanks, though expect to find a lot more interior room on board. The new production Citroën takes dead aim at manufacturers like BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, albeit with a uniquely French sensibility.

Technically, the DS5 is based on the Peugeot 508 platform, which means that the Citroën will likely inherit some of that sedan's favorable driving characteristics. Drivetrain options are still up in the air at the moment, though word has it that buyers will be able to get their hands on a hybrid version once the car sees showrooms. In that guise, the wagon will boast around 200 horsepower thanks to a diesel engine up front and an electric motor out back.

Hit the jump to check out the full video unveil and to check out the official press release. Thanks for the tip, Walter!

[Source: Citroën via Autoblog.it]

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Citroën has revealed the eagerly anticipated third model in its innovative and distinctive DS line: DS5. Designed to express the full extent of Citroën's 'Créative Technologie', DS5 combines ground-breaking style, rewarding driving dynamics and exceptional refinement with innovative engineering solutions.

DS5 is the first Citroën model to feature HYbrid4 diesel hybrid technology, providing enhanced performance and class leading environmental credentials. The advanced HYbrid4 system delivers 200bhp; four-wheel drive capability; emission-free electric power for the city; and an acceleration boost function for the open road - with total CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.

The DS line has already redefined expectations in the supermini segment with DS3, and combines the style of a coupé and the flexibility of a five-door hatchback with DS4. Progressing to the executive segment, DS5 targets customers looking for a truly bold and assertive car with a resolutely modern approach to vehicle design.

Based on the futuristic and magical C-SportLounge concept, DS5 bringstrue technological innovation to its class.

The dynamic exterior reflects a modern expression of status and promises enhanced driving pleasure. Flowing lines, a sleek profile and muscular wheel arches - which wrap themselves around the large (16" to 19") alloy wheels - give DS5 an undoubted air of refined confidence.

The assertive front end instantly identifies DS5 as a member of the DS family. There is an oversized air intake, a large chrome-finished grille housing the chevrons and a new LED light signature. A distinguishing feature, DS5 boasts chrome-finished 'sabre' inserts stretching from the top of each headlamp to the windscreen.

The rear design takes DS5's on-road presence to yet another level. The car stands firmly on wide tracks, emphasised by two tail pipes built into the rear bumper and highlighted by a rear signature featuring six light guides.

Citroën DS5 is equally charismatic inside, with a remarkable cabin fully consistent with the exterior styling. The driver-focused cockpit features a coupé-like driving position with a near-vertical steering wheel and a wide central console. DS5 instantly fires the imagination. An array of buttons, switches, scroll wheels and toggles are grouped on two central consoles, one low down and one above the driver's head, 'pilot-style'. A simple push on the START button brings the interior to life. The colour Head-Up Display projects essential information into the driver's line of sight and the ambient lighting bathes the cockpit in a heady mix of red and white.

Most importantly, DS5 benefits from Citroën's expertise in quality and refinement. Each detail has been carefully considered, with premium materials such as fine-grain Club leather and exclusive designs like the 'watchstrap' seat upholstery - a signature touch of the DS line that is unique to the market.

Reconciling fun at the wheel with comfort and practicality, DS5 opens up new horizons with pioneering architecture, including:

A sleek, compact body (4.52m long, 1.85m wide) and a driving position worthy of a Gran Turismo coupé.

A roomy boot (up to 465 litres VDA) reminiscent of a Sportwagon.

Five real seats, four doors and all the access and modularity of a hatchback.

For its motor show debut in Shanghai, DS5 appears in a one-off livery as the Citroën DS5 White Pearl. The cabin features ebony-coloured full-grain leather, contrasting subtly with silver-flecked overstitching. Interior detailing includes decorative inserts in Markassa ebony and a highly reflective fascia, created by applying several layers of lacquer. DS5 White Pearl also sports specially designed 20-inch alloy wheels.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      That split A post could take some getting used to when driving.....
      • 3 Years Ago
      while overall, I like it, I'd like to see a line or two erased from the front end, the hood, and the side profile... its a bit much
        • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kind of looks like an ugly Focus.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually, I wouldn't say it's ugly, just that the front end isn't as good looking as the Focus'.
      • 3 Years Ago
      John Ashfield
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad Citroen doesn't sell cars in the USA.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That interior is impressive, supercar-like
      • 3 Years Ago
      I want Citroen here :/ Over & out
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really loving that design. Peugeot in my opinion has been a bit more lost with it's design receantly while getting a bit better, but Citröen has been ramping it up nicely. Hoping to see these in finnish roads soon. Though wont probably be on my next car list.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The interior is ridiculous in a good way. Love it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      oh my gawd, the ultimate in euro-hatch lust
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oooooooh. I like it.
      • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's about 8 inches/ 20cm shorter. I like it. A lot.
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