Trevor Collett | Apr 11, 2016

Citroen’s now stand-alone DS brand is bringing its DS 4 Crossback to Australia as a limited edition model.

Based on the regular DS 4, the Crossback transforms the small hatch into a high-riding hatch/SUV composite, along the sames lines as Volvo’s V40 Cross Country.

But customers who like the sound of the recipe will need to act fast, as just 25 units have been secured for the Australian market.

The DS 4 Crossback was unveiled midway through last year as DS’s second ‘SUV’; the first, the 6WR, is only offered for sale in China.

DS describes the new model as a “two-plus-two, high-riding coupe”, but perhaps ‘five-door hatch’ is an alternative description.

Aside from the SUV ride-height (30mm higher than the regular DS 4), the Crossback also brings 17-inch “Canberra” alloy wheels, a revised suspension tune and a new six-speed automatic transmission.

Those not fond of the Nation’s Capital wheels may instead choose the banana-bender, cane toad 18-inch “Brisbane” alloys as a $1000 option.

Other features include LED headlamps with daytime running lights, roof bars, black door mirrors, black doors sills, a small rear spoiler and revised front styling to separate it from the DS 4.

Six paint finishes are on the list, including Blanc Nacre (white) and five metallic paints costing an extra $800. These include Orange Tourmaline, Gris Artense (grey), Blue Encre (navy), Noir Perla Nera (black) and Gris Platinum (silver).

DS Australia has a certain number of each colour available within the run of 25 cars, but should a customer find stocks of the DS 4 Crossback in their chosen colour are already sold, an additional example may potentially be sourced; depending on demand.

Inside, there’s a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with satellite navigation and Apple CarPlay, a DAB+ digital radio, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start along with massaging leather front seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Power reaches the front wheels from an all-new Euro 6 compliant four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, producing 133kW and 400Nm. The 0-100km/h sprint takes 8.6 seconds.

Safety features include auto headlights and wipers, LED fog lamps with cornering function, tyre-pressure sensors, blind-spot monitoring and six airbags along with a rear-view camera with front and rear parking sensors.

“With its all-new look, drivetrain and significant standard specification we believe the DS 4 Crossback will appeal to those customers looking to stand out from the crowd,” General Manager of DS Australia, Kai Bruesewitz, said.

“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 2016 DS 4 Crossback carries a drive-away price of $46,990, backed by a six-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.

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