Citroen DS5

Citroen has unveiled the last(?) member of its DS line-up, the DS5. It was no surprise that it was unveiled in Shanghai, since Citroen is a brand heavily betting on expanding its Eastern market, and that it’s an MPV. Pity. I would’ve preferred a saloon car, at least to confirm that Citroen is thinking of making cars along the line of the C6 instead of that stupid Metropolis concept. Anyway, I read in the Portuguese Citroen forum that some people find it similar to a VW Scirocco (?!) and others to a BMW 5GT (???!!!). Very weird. Had people said it reminded them of a Ford S-Max I would’ve have conceded them a point.

Moving on, it’s powered by PSA’s Hybrid4 system that’s starting to pop up in both Citroen’s and Peugeot’s ranges, giving it a combined total of 200hp and emissions of 99g/km. Absolutely great stuff for sure, but what I like most about this thing is the interior. Current new Citroens may have very drab and bland exteriors that plagiarise Audi and VW, but they’ve definitely got very cool interiors, albeit not as quirky and sui generis as the preceding generation of C4’s and C5’s.

Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how this will fare when it comes to market. So far the only car available in the DS range, the DS3, seems to be doing ok, but will this translate to the more up-scale models in a world in recession?


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