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Tony O'Kane | Jan, 20 2016 | 1 Comment

The vehicle formerly known as the Citroen DS3 has received a new face for 2016, as well as a slightly new identity.

In line with parent company PSA's plan to divorce the DS nameplate from its Citroen brand and position it as a high-end offshoot, the Citroen DS3 will simply be known as "DS3" when the updated model reaches our shores in late 2016.

That's evidenced by the new facia. Gone are Citroen's distinctive chevrons, replaced instead by a DS monogram in the centre of the now-hexagonal grille.

The headlamps are the same size and shape (but with LED and xenon globes), but the foglamps have been pushed further down. At the back, the 'Citroen' badging has been stripped from the tailgate.

The DS3 will continue to offer a huge array of customisation options, with 78 body and roof colour combinations in total.

Ten roof decals will be available for the hatchback and four canvas roof designs and colours for the DS3 Cabrio, along with 15 alloy wheel design options.

The interior doesn't differ in its fundamental design, but new trim options jazz it up. DS' signature "watchstrap" leather upholstery will also be available, while a new infotainment system will also arrive boasting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring capability.

At long last, front and rear park assist as well as auto city braking will make it onto the DS3's equipment list, boosting its safety credentials.

For Australia, the DS3 will gain a six-speed conventional automatic transmission option along with a 1.2-litre turbo three-cylinder engine that produces 81kW of power and 205Nm of torque - the turbo three used by the Peugeot 208.

Also on the radar for Australia (but not quite locked in) is the DS3 Performance, a hi-po turbocharged variant that borrows the Peugeot 208 GTI's 154kW/300Nm 1.6 litre engine and the Torsen mechanical differential of the 208 GTi 30th anniversary edition.

In Europe the DS3 Performance will be available in both hatch and cabrio body styles, and will also be equipped with a unique suspension calibration, a 15mm lower ride height and wider track for greater stability.

Braking hardware also gets upgraded in the DS3 performance, with 323mm front brake rotors and 249mm rotors at the back.

Twin tailpipes, carbon side mouldings, a more prominent rear wing and leather/Alcantara bucket seats will be other DS3 Performance highlights.

The new DS3 is set to launch in the fourth quarter of this year, with pricing and specifications yet to be announced.

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