Pricing & specification announced for facelifted DS 5
The first model to be launched under the individual DS branding, the updated model will be priced from £25,980 when it launches on 1 July and will feature two trim levels – Elegance & Prestige – along with a new THP 165 petrol engine, three BlueHDi Diesels and a Euro 6 compliant Hybrid 4×4 drivetrain carried over from before.
"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, 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, DS Automobiles.
Updated styling sees a new, bold front end with the previous Citroën branding replaced with the DS monogramme and also gains the brand's new light signature, with headlights combining LED and Xenon technologies, along with scrolling indicators. Launched on DS 3 last July, this headlamp design will be rolled out on all DS models.
The interior has been modelled on aerospace design and brings a cockpit roof with three separate glass areas that can be tailored to individual requirements. Driving position has been designed around the driver with the main controls grouped on two centrally positioned consoles, one at a low level near the gear selector and one overhead, and including features inspired by the aerospace industry.
The interior also features a colour touchscreen that also includes new Mirror Screen technology. The new DS 5 is also available with the 'DS Connect Box', which includes the brand’s 'SOS & Assistance’ system.
Later in the year, the DS 5 will also introduce 'MyDS', an iOS/Android compatible mobile app with a range of services.
Available technologies now also include a blind spot monitoring system, which joins a range of existing equipment including; a lane departure warning function, automatic high beam control, turning headlights that work with the static cornering lighting to optimise illumination, hill-start assist, stability control, intelligent traction control, a reversing camera and a head-up display.
Also on offer are electric memory and massaging front seats, keyless entry & start, heated door mirrors, an electrochrome interior mirror, ambient lighting, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and a Denon Hi-Fi system.
Engine line-up comprises six units from the PSA family. The most efficient model is the DS 5 Hybrid 4×4 200, carried over from before, which achieves 103g/km of CO2 and can deliver over 70mpg on a combined cycle.
Other powertrains include the DS 5 THP 165 S&S, which can return up to 47.9mpg over a combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 136g/km.
The DS 5 also gains the latest-generation BlueHDi diesel engines. The entry-level model is the BlueHDi 120 S&S 6-speed manual, which brings up to 70.6mpg, 104g/km of CO2 and torque of 221lb.ft.
There’s also the 2.0-litre BlueHDi 150 S&S 6-speed manual, which can return 68.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 105g/km – an improvement of 23g/km compared with the Euro 5 HDi 160.
The flagship diesel model is the BlueHDi 180 S&S EAT6 auto, which brings maximum torque of 295lb.ft at 2,000rpm and also delivers 114g/km of CO2 and up to 64.2mpg on a combined cycle – said to be best in class.
The range will be extended at the end of 2015 with a new petrol engine, a THP 210 S&S 6-speed manual.
The DS5 range will also include a 1955 Limited Edition to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the unveiling of the original DS at the 1955 Paris Motor Show. Specified in a new Ink Blue body colour, with bespoke 1955 badging, the model is based on the Elegance trim level and offers additional equipment as standard, including ‘Criollo’ semi-aniline ‘watch strap’ leather seats and DS LED Vision headlights.