From all angles, the car's undeniable on-road presence and refreshing style is evident with stand-out elements such as the colour-contrasted 'floating roof', 'shark fin' B-pillar and sleek design of the front LED lights.
Inside, the atmosphere in the cabin is one of class and contemporary elegance with an extensive use of luxury materials such as leather and chrome. The upper part of the flowing dashboard echoes the floating roof. Thermo-coated components are used throughout ‐ an organic, soft grain material, which contrasts perfectly with the smooth, lacquered effect of the strip runs the full width of the dash from driver to passenger side.
In addition to a range of body shades, the DS3's distinctive 'floating' roof is available in a choice of four colours (Black, White, Blue and Red) to contrast with the main body of the car. The wing mirrors and rubbing strips can also be personalised in colours or smart chrome finish and the wheels and wheel centres are available in a wide spectrum of colours.
Inside, DS3 can offer further personalisation with the dashboard strip which encompasses the air vents, instrument cluster, multi-function screens and even a scented air-fresher in a choice of six finishes.
The seat upholstery design is available in a variety of coloured fabrics and leather; even the gear knob can be tailored in five different trims, combining satin-finish chrome with an array of colours and leather. The smart chrome touches which adorn the DS3's cabin will also be available in a satin-textured finish. You can even carry a bit of your DS3 with you thanks to each distinctly styled DS3 key fob featuring a disc coloured to match your choice of body paint.
The DS3 will be available with a choice of five Euro V power plants consisting of two HDi diesel units and three BMW co-developed petrol engines. The two HDi diesels (a 90 bhp and an 110 bhp) are fitted with Citroën's lauded DPFS (Diesel Particulate Filter System) and the three petrol engines (VTi 95, VTi 120 and THP 150) are fitted with either 5 or 6 speed manual gearboxes. The two HDi DPFS engines will deliver low CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km and 115/g km, whilst the petrol units will emit between 136 g/km and 160 g/km.
One of the smallest vehicles in its class (3.95m long, 1.71m wide and 1.46m high) the DS3's interior belies its neat frame. A 'raised' dashboard design creates increased amounts of front leg room whilst the slender front seats and intelligent rear design increases space for rear occupants with all passengers able to enjoy five full-sized seats and ample arm, leg and headroom. The DS3 has a boot of 285-litres, and for additional load capacity the 60:40 split-fold rear bench can be tumbled forward in a single movement.
A cockpit-inspired driving position puts the driver firmly in control with a sports-styled instrument cluster featuring three conical dials, small-diameter wheel and low-slung, body-hugging seats.
DS3 is available with Citroën's latest in-car technology such as the integrated MyWay satellite navigation unit which incorporates an audio and multimedia system, wide format colour screen, MP3 compatible CD player and Bluetooth hands free kit.
The DS3 will arrive in the UK in Spring 2010. 'On Sale' date, prices and further details on this exciting new Citroën model will be announced in the forthcoming months. The DS3 will join Citroën's latest vehicle range as the Company continues its 90th birthday celebrations at the Frankfurt Motor Show which runs from 17th to the 27th of September.