New exterior styling for DS flagship
- Revised interior with upgraded on-board technology, design and comfort
- Greater power from diesel drivetrain – now 133kW
- Revised suspension for greater comfort and composure
- Australian launch scheduled for late 2015
Citroen has previewed its new-look flagship DS 5 saloon ahead of its official unveiling at the 2015 Geneva Motor show.
Featuring an all-new frontal design and exterior styling, upgraded on-board technology and improved ride comfort – the DS 5 also becomes the first vehicle to wear the DS badge in its grille.
The new styling is the first move towards building a unique DS marque for the Citroen brand.
Available in Europe from mid-2015, the new-look DS 5 is set to arrive in Australia before the end of 2015.
“The New DS 5 is more than just a new car. It is the car introducing our brand identity. Sixty years on from the original DS, the new DS 5 carries all the genes of DS. Above all, it is a clear statement of our ambition: to revive the tradition of French premium vehicles.” Yves Bonnefont, CEO DS
An all new frontal design is headlined by a new vertical grille emblazoned with the DS Wings — emblem of the DS brand and a nod to the original DS – and is flanked by redesigned headlamps with DS logos embedded within.
Underlining the assertive looks of the front end, the hexagonal DS Wings grille gains a sculpted, graphic design that is truly unique.
A chrome surround further enhances the elegant looks of the grille, which is extended by two wings of light inside the headlamps.
The new-look DS 5 features the brand’s new light signature with headlamps combining LED and Xenon technologies with sequential indicators.
Designed to resemble jewels in their setting, these headlamps are key identifiers for the DS marque and will become a feature of all future DS models.
Viewed from the side, the key exterior styling feature, is the slender chrome sabre running from the tip of the headlamp to the front window.
The rear view is underscored by a wide track and twin tailpipes integrated with the rear bumper while a rear light signature conveys a sense of luxury.
Complementing the revised exterior styling is a new body colour, Encre Blue, a subtle shade that further underlines the vehicle’s identity and elegant looks.
Interiore interior of the new-look DS 5 brings to mind the world of aerospace design.
The most symbolic feature is the cockpit roof. With its three light wells (sunroof), the roof creates a unique ambience tailored to individual requirements, by day and by night.
The driving position was designed around the driver, with main controls grouped in two central consoles, one low and one overhead, with specially designed buttons, dials and toggle switches, inspired by the aerospace industry.
A new personalised interior ambience is now available with “watch strap” upholstery in two-tone black and sapphire blue, along with a new DS monogramed trim on the doors and central console.
“ Referred to as a concept car on wheels, the DS 5 is a unique creation with expressive, hypnotic styling. For the new DS 5, we wanted to maintain the strong points that are a key part of its identity while giving further emphasis to DS styling cues. The most symbolic example of course is the front end!” Thierry Metroz, Head of DS Styling
DYNAMIC, RELAXED HANDLING
On the road, the new DS 5 delivers a dynamic but relaxed drive.
New shock absorbers gain PLV (preloaded linear valve) technology which limits sudden changes in damping force, in order to produce a more linear damping curve – at the same time, the compression stroke is longer.
As a result, the new-look DS 5 soaks up bumps and dips in the road more effectively.
Vibration comfort is also significantly improved by the reduction in impact noise.
Controls at a touch – new touch screen interface
The New DS 5 continues the high-tech driving experience with a colour touchdrive interface that provides easy access to all in-car functions from navigation to music.
This latest-generation screen also includes New Mirror Screen technology. This function lets users mirror smartphone content onto the colour screen, in order use all their apps safely.
The new touchscreen also simplifies the interior layout: for example, with 12 fewer buttons on the central console.
Increased safety and comfort
The new-look DS 5 features a range of advanced equipment that improve safety and comfort.
For example, the blind spot monitoring system joins a range of existing equipment already including, swivel lights that work with the static cornering lighting to optimise visibility, hill-start assist, stability control, intelligent traction control, a reversing camera and a head-up display.
The New DS 5 also sets high standards in comfort with electric memory massage seats, keyless access and start-up including from the rear doors, heated exterior door mirrors, an electrochromic interior mirror, ambient lighting, automatic interior lighting, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and an optional Denon HiFi system.
The new-look DS 5 will be powered by an improved version of PSA’s BlueHDi 180 engine that delivers exceptional driveability with output of 133 kW and maximum torque of 400 Nm at 2,000 rpm.
The improved drivetrain boosts power by 13kW and 60Nm to deliver greater driveability under all conditions.
The addition of a variable-geometry turbocharger along with higher supercharging pressure and combustion pressure boosts the power of the DS5 BlueHDI180 by 20 bhp compared with the previous generation.
Further, this new engine is equipped with balance shafts to deliver the acoustic and vibration comfort expected at this level of the range.
As a result: the DS5 BlueHDi S&S 180 6-speed automatic combines performance – on a par with the best in its class for CO2 emissions and fuel consumption (110g/km of CO2 , an improvement of 44g compared with the HDi 160, and 4.3l/100 km) – with real driveability (400 Nm of torque).
The watchwords for DS are refinement and attention to detail, both on the outside and the inside.
For DS, continuous attention to detail is also reflected in the use of authentic materials such as aluminum for the door crossbars, metal for the gear knob, and leather.
These authentic materials are showcased in a unique and exclusive way, as illustrated by the ‘watch strap’ design of the leather seats.
The New DS 5 is one of the few cars to offer a choice of three types of leather, including full grain nappa leather and semi-aniline leather, one of the world’s finest types of leather, rarely used in the automotive industry.
One DS 5 in every five sold globally features watch strap upholstery in semi-aniline leather.