Citroen’s compact DS3 has been given a light makeover for the new model year, getting tweaked styling and new technologies.
Launched in 2009, the DS3 was the first model in Citroen’s premium ‘DS’ offshoot range, followed later by the DS4 hatch, the DS5 wagon and, most recently, the DS 6WR SUV.
For 2015, the light DS3 range adds LED and Xenon combination headlights to create a more striking look up front.
Featuring three large LED modules and a single Xenon unit, the DS3’s new headlights reduce energy use by around 35 percent in low-beam and 75 percent in high-beam mode.
There are also 3D-effect tail-lights, new 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheel designs and a new Pearlescent White paint option.
In the cabin, buyers gain new personalisation options, including a laser-engraved dash panel and a screen-print effect to the rear window with an image of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe.
Engine options for 2015 include a number of small petrol and diesel options, including new BlueHDi 100 and BlueHDi 120 options, with fuel use listed at 3.0 and 3.6 l/100km respectively.
The ‘DS3 Racing’ model, available in Europe only, will also continue for 2015, matching a 154kW petrol engine with a five-speed ‘Efficient Tronic Gearbox’ semi-auto.
The updated DS3 is also the first PSA Peugeot Citroen model to get the company’s new Active City Brake system for avoiding low-speed collisions, and with the eMyWay system there is also a reversing camera.
Speaking with TMR today, Citroen Australia's Jaedene Hudson confirmed a first-quarter 2015 launch for the updated DS3 range.
But, as before, the hot Racing model is again not expected to come to Australia.