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Citroën DS5 Gets Nipped and Tucked Ahead of Geneva

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Daniel Wong February 16, 2015 20:52

For its odd and polarising egg-shaped body, Citroën’s DS5 is one of the most unique, if not beautiful, of cars on the roads today. However, there is a worry that any facelift work could taint the original’s originality, which is what Citroën has done on their new take on the DS flagship that is set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month. 

The facelift work has removed the DS5’s sleek and rounded nose that was bookended by a subtle chromed grille of the brand’s iconic double chevron logo. In its place, the DS5 gets a big new vertical grille that proudly bears the DS logo, similar to that first seen on the DS Wild Rubis Concept of 2013. The headlights too have been replaced with sleeker new items that feature LED and xenon lighting elements, and neat design touches that extend the sleek lines of the front grille.

Aside from the new front end, much of the DS5’s shape has been retained and so too has its aviation cockpit inspired interior layout. The controls are still cantered towards the driver, and there are three moonroofs overhead for occupants to peer out of. Like its Peugeot 508 relative, the DS5 also benefits from the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group’s new touchscreen multimedia system. Gone is the knob controller behind the gearknob and in its place is a useful cubby hole for your personal belongings.

Features-wise the DS5 now comes with a blind spot monitoring system joining the DS5's line-up of existing safety features such as lane departure warning system, automatic highbeam control, swivel lights, and a head-up display.Powertrain wise, Citroën has updated the DS5 with the latest engines from the PSA Group to be complaint with the new Euro 6 emission standards. Its 165PS THP turbocharged petrol engine will be getting a new 6-speed automatic, while diesel adopters would have three choices of diesel BlueHDi engines with torque outputs ranging from 300Nm to 400Nm, to pick from. For those seeking the greenest DS5 of the lot, there is the diesel-hybrid ‘Hybrid 4x4’ variant which comes with a 200PS diesel-hybrid powertrain, 90g/km boast and a rate fuel consumption figure of 3.5L/100km.

About Daniel Wong

Born with a sizable cranium that is only humbled by Rubens Barrichello's, Daniel doesn't care much for numbers or figures but the immediate sensations and experiences one gets from a drive. To him a measure of a good car is one that does what it was set out to do well. A great car is one that draws a smile on your face with a quality that isn't quantifiable and keeps it there.

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