NEW DS 4 CROSSBACK LAUNCHED

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DS Automobiles has launched a limited-run, just 25 vehicles, of the DS 4 Crossback range in Australia. Making it more of an SUV than the standard version, the DS 4 Crossback has a 30 millimetre higher ride height. It sits on 17-inch ‘Canberra’ alloy wheels (18-inch ‘Brisbane’ alloys are available as an option).

It has revised suspension tune and is powered by a new Euro-6 compliant turbo-diesel engine through a new design of six-speed automatic developed in conjunction with Aisin.

The DS 4 Crossback has black wheelarch trims, door mirror housings and door sills. LED headlamps and DRLs (Daytime Running Lamps), revised front end style and a rear spoiler complete the package.

The crossover Crossback has an all-new colour 7.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, Apple Carplay, Mirror Link, DAB+ radio, dual-climate control, keyless entry and start, massaging front seats, leather seats and steering wheel trim.

Powering the DS 4 Crossback is a 133 kW, 400 Nm, BlueHdi turbo-diesel. Compared to the outgoing model, the drivetrain develops 13 kW of power and 60 Nm more torque. This drivetrain gives the DS 4 a zero to 100 km/h acceleration time of 8.6 seconds.

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Safety features include a rear camera with front and rear parking sonar, automatic lights and wipers, LED foglamps with cornering function, tyre pressure warning sensors, blind spot monitoring and six airbags.

The DS 4 will carry a driveaway price of $46,990 and has a six-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.

DS is a division of Citroen along the lines of Lexus / Toyota and Infiniti / Nissan. The French marque will initially retail revised Citroen vehicles, but will have a greater say in design and engineering of its own products in the future. In Europe DS has upmarket premises – we recently visited one in Paris – with emphasis on style and art not merely on cars.

The general manager of DS Australia, Kai Bruesewitz, tells us the limited run DS 4 sets a new beginning for premium French vehicles in Australia. “We believe the DS 4 will appeal to those customers looking to stand out from the crowd. As the DS marque evolves both locally and globally, Australian’s will begin to see a return to French design and luxury.”

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Time will tell. Stay tuned and we will keep you in touch with these interesting new French vehicles as they take their next evolutionary, perhaps even revolutionary, steps.

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