19th December 2013. Save that date car lovers! Citroen has officially stated on their Facebook page that on the 19th, they shall be unveiling a new car to their DS line to accompany the DS3, DS4 and DS5.
The post states that they will be unveiling a luxury sedan known as the DS5 LS. Possibly a replacement for the awesome yet terribly under-appreciated C6 that ended production a couple of years ago? Possibly, though judging by the name, it sounds as if it might be a more luxurious replacement of the C5 which has become rather long in the tooth.
This car has been on my radar for some time. I was aware (through various French scoops across the internet and various published articles) that Citroen were working on a DS saloon car, but as of yet there was no word as to what it would look like, what it would be based on or when it would be available.
Judging by the name it will probably use the same platform as the current DS5, which in turn is based on the 1st generation Peugeot 308 platform, though heavily modified in the Citroen to produce a sportier set up. Personally I would prefer to see this car being based on their new EMP2 platform which currently underpins the latest generation Citroen C4 Picasso and 2nd generation Peugeot 308. Engines will probably be the latest BlueHDi diesel engines, of which I as of yet know very little about, and the usual 1.6l BMW petrol engines ranging from 120bhp to 200bhp. Citroen will probably also utilize their latest diesel-hybrid technology in order to cut down on those pesky emissions too.
Citroen has been rather quiet recently. The last car to be unveiled for the European market was the DS5. The Wild Rubis Concept is not destined to reach European shores and is primarily aimed at the Chinese market, which is a shame as it is quite a good looking car, and a car I would rather see than all the BMW X3s and Toyota RAV4’s running around.
Remember to tune in on the 19th of December to see the new Citroen DS5 LS and