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.
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.”
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.