Citroen DS3 cabrio for 2013
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9th September, 2012
Late this month, at France's 2012 Paris Motor Show, Citroën will unveil
the newest version in the DS line. The new Citroen DS3 Cabrio is said to feature intelligent design to make top-down
driving considerably easier and more enjoyable.
Since its launch in 2010, DS3’s distinctive style has won the model over 180,000 sales worldwide and a line of special
editions and new versions including DS3 Racing and DS3 Ultra Prestige.
Among the Citroen DS3’s personalisation options, three soft-top roof styles will be available - black, Infinite blue
and a DS Monogrammed design. An innovative 3D rear light signature and original tailgate opening action add to the
Injecting fresh modernity into the cabriolet segment, DS3 Cabrio offers:
· an electrically operated 'roll-back' roof
· the only adult 5-seater in the class
· the largest boot in the class
At 3.95m long, 1.71m wide and 1.46 m high, DS3 Cabrio retains the hatchback’s compact and agile proportions. All the
bold styling choices are retained, from the ‘floating’ two-tone roof and dynamic ‘shark fin’, to the sculpted front-end
with its LED daytime running lights.
The soft-top roof becomes a new source of personalisation, available in a range of colours and designs that add to the
model’s unique personality. Citroen DS3 Cabrio buyers can specify one of seven body colours with the folding roof
available in three designs - black, Infinite blue and DS Monogramme.
The Infinite blue soft-top uses three different coloured threads - one of which is shiny - each reacting differently
to changes in light conditions thus displaying delicate hues of blue and violet.
The DS logo features on the Monogramme roof in a subtle design achieved by two contrasting Jacquard grey tones with
Inside, DS3 Cabrio features:
· White LED ambient lighting on the ceiling-mounted console, which is home to the roof opening control
· White lighting around the instrument cluster and automatic air conditioning displays
· A high-end feel and outstanding acoustic comfort from the inner-lining of the soft-top roof
· All-new upholstery including Granit blue leather and Akinen weft available in Mistral (dark grey), Chic brown and
Decors on the dashboard strip, air vent surrounds and gear stick knob are also colour-coded to the body paint and
soft-top. Six decors are available - grey, Brillant black, white, Carbotech, Infinite blue and Moondust grey.
The rear also features a new three-dimensional LED light signature. The all-new 3D LED tail-light technology was
inspired by the designs on Citroën’s Revolte and Survolt concept cars. The central part of the light is comprised of a
rectangular set of 31 LEDs and semi-reflecting mirrors that reflect the light guide into infinity.
The 3D unit illuminates at night when the headlamps are turned on and in daylight during braking. A 15-LED blade on
the upper part of the light emphasises the 3D unit and acts as both side and stopping lights.
In an elegant piece of detailing, the 3D light features a chrome-finished DS logo set in an embossed black DS setting.
A chrome-finished handle also highlights the top of the tailgate.
The DS3 Cabrio combines the benefits of a classic cabriolet with those of a hatchback:
The roll-back roof takes just 16 seconds to fully close, up to speeds of 120 km/h (75 mph). A button on the ceiling
console opens the roof to three positions: intermediate, horizontal and total. Even in the horizontal setting, rear
passengers get a completely clear view overhead.
The soft-top material delivers standard-setting soundproofing, comparable to that of a hatchback when closed. When the
roof is open, an aerodynamic deflector net springs up to provide optimum acoustic comfort by deflecting air currents and
preventing air buffeting.
Occupant space is maintained with five adult seats, plus DS3 Cabrio features the largest boot in its class at 245
litres. Unusually for the segment, DS3 Cabrio offers the same cabin space as the hatchback and even retains the 60/40
split-folding rear bench.
The tailgate features an original opening mechanism, which uses a circular motion allowing owners to fully open the
boot even when parked close to obstructions.
Aerodynamics identical to that of the hatchback (SCx of 0.69 m2), which maximises performance and helps to maintain
low CO2 emissions. Modifications include adding a longer spoiler and aerodynamic deflectors on the quarter-light
With a focus on efficiency and minimising kerb weight, DS3 Cabrio is just 25 kg heavier than the hatchback - most
convertibles are around 100 kg more than their hatchback versions. The same rigidity, strength and agility as the
hatchback are retained with identical architecture for the sides and structural reinforcements around the boot. The
model’s handling remains eager and pleasurable whilst maintaining the same levels of comfort, control and safety.
The Citroen DS3 Cabrio, produced at the Poissy production site in France, will be launched early in 2013 in Europe and
in Australia during Q3 2013.