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Facelifted DS5 revealed ahead of Geneva debut

Under the 2015 changes, the flagship DS model gains new styling along with engines and technology.

‘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,’ said Yves Bonnefont, CEO of the DS brand.

Design changes see a new front end with a revised grille that carries the “DS Wings” signature instead of the Citroën logo, along with headlights combining LED and xenon technologies with scrolling indicators.

The DS5 also features a new interior trim and a new “Ink Blue” body colour will also be available from launch.

The new model also gains a colour touchdrive interface, which provides easy access to all in-car functions, from navigation to music. It also simplifies the interior layout, with 12 fewer buttons on the dashboard and facia.

This latest-generation screen also includes new Mirror Screen technology. This function lets users copy smartphone content onto the screen and ensures all relevant apps can be used safely when driving.

The new DS5 is also available with the “DS Connect Box”, which includes the brand’s “SOS & Assistance” system. This enables localised emergency and assistance calls, to summon help if ever it is needed.

And the new model introduces “MyDS”, which is an iOS/Android compatible mobile app with a range of intuitive, innovative services.

Powertrain line-up at launch comprises six engines and gearbox combinations, with torque of between 240 and 400Nm. The range will be extended at the end of 2015 with a new 210bhp engine, the THP 210 S&S 6-speed manual.

Petrol models include the THP 165 S&S, which returns up to 47.9mpg over a combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 135g/km, an improvement of 30g/km or 18% over the previous generation Euro 5 THP 155.

The new DS5 also gains the latest-generation BlueHDi diesel engines. This includes the BlueHDi 120 S&S 6-speed manual, which brings 74.3mpg, 100g/km of CO2 and torque of 300Nm. From the second half of 2015, this engine will be equipped with the new EAT 6 automatic gearbox too.

Also included in the diesel line-up is the BlueHDi 150 S&S 6-speed manual, which returns 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 103g/km – an improvement of 22g/km compared with the Euro 5 HDi 160. At the same time, maximum torque is higher than the HDi 160 at 370Nm from 2,000rpm.

In addition, there’s the new DS 5 BlueHDi S&S 180 6-speed automatic, said to deliver CO2 emissions and fuel consumption that are, as a minimum, on par with the best in this class at 110g/km of CO2 and 65.7mpg.

The line-up also includes the new Hybrid 4×4 (the replacement for the current Hybrid4 model), which offers sub-100g/km of CO2 and over 80mpg on a combined cycle.

The new DS5 arrives in UK showrooms in July 2015.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.