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Citroen DS3 Cabrio released

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8th September, 2013

  • Electrically manoeuvrable roof
  • Canvas roof takes just 16 seconds to open
  • Roof can be opened into three positions – intermediate, horizontal and fully open
  • Glass rear window with defroster
  • Available with two trims: DStyle and DSport
  • 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine (88kW/160Nm) on DStyle with four-speed automatic transmission
  • 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine (115kW/240Nm) on DSport with six-speed manual transmission

The DS3 Cabrio inherits the 'personality' of the hatchback. At 3.95m long, 1.71m wide and 1.46m high, it retains the original’s compact proportions. The architecture of the DS3 Cabrio is fully in DS3 'character'. The canvas roof becomes a new source of personalisation with a range of colours and designs that add to the car’s unique make-up. The new model also features 3D LED lights at the rear and a chrome-finished handle that highlights the top of the tailgate.

A personal and unique automotive object

The DS3 Cabrio is available with three roof colours: Noir Onyx, Bleu Infini and Gris Monogram. The highly sophisticated Bleu Infini canvas comprises delicate hues of blue and violet. The visual effect is obtained by a weave of three different coloured threads, one of which is shiny. Each thread reacts differently to changes in light to further emphasise the singular personality of the DS3 Cabrio. The DS logo features on the Gris Monogram canvas roof by contrasting two grey tones with a Gris Moondust background (only available on DSport).

Citroen has maintained the distinctive floating roof feature by colouring the rear side panels black and echoing the colour of the soft top on the upper part of the body sides, the front cross strip and the rear spoiler. When the Gris Monogram roof is selected is the dash, gear knob wing mirror and wheels colour coded Gris Moondust. When a black or blue roof is selected colour coded wing mirrors are included. The DStyle comes with a piano black dash and the DSport comes with the Carbotech effect dash. As with all DS3s, the centre hub and key fob is colour coded to the body colour. The atmosphere on board the DS3 Cabrio is just as distinctive as the body styling:

  • The ceiling-mounted console, home to the roof opening control, features white LED ambiance lighting
  • The instrument cluster and automatic air conditioning displays match the ambient lighting with their white lighting
  • The inner lining of the soft-top roof underscores the high-end feel inside the DS3 Cabrio and provides top-notch acoustic comfort

Hypnotic 3D LED tail lights

The DS3 Cabrio has a three-dimensional light signature based on all-new 3D LED tail-light technology. The design of the lights is inspired by those on the Revolte and Survolt concept cars.

The central part of the light comprises a rectangular light guide of 31 LEDs and an ensemble of semi-reflecting mirrors that reflect the light guide into infinity. The 3D unit lights up at night when the headlamps are turned on and in daylight when the driver brakes. A 15-LED blade on the upper part of the light emphasises the 3D unit and serves as a side and stopping light.

In an elegant piece of detailing, the 3D light features a chrome-finished DS logo set in an embossed black DS setting.

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The optimised architecture of the cabriolet model retains all of the agility and responsiveness of the original and the DS3 Cabrio is just 25kg heavier than the DS3 hatchback.

This was achieved by using the same side architecture as the DS3 hatchback. The only structural reinforcement that had to be added was around the boot.

Equipped with the same technical base as the regular DS3 – i.e. structural components and running gear – the Cabrio is said to keep all of the handling that makes the DS3 a treat to drive while at the same time offering top-notch control and safety. The DS3 Cabrio brings the driver into “contact with the road” for amazing ease in corners and bends.

Essentials behind DS3 Cabrio’s on-road performance:

  • The chassis and running gear, with MacPherson-type suspension at the front and a flexible traverse beam at the rear, are the result of high-precision development work
  • Springs and damping have been developed to perfectly “read” the road, with excellent body roll control and impressive poise in corners, while remaining easy to handle
  • Bi-density shims on the rear axle effectively filter out road disturbances while ensuring excellent cross-wise stability
  • Steering is enhanced by a small-diameter wheel (363 mm) and a calibrated power setting to send back precise information. This enables drivers to “place” the wheels exactly where they want, whatever the speed
  • Development work, which also extended to seats and tyres, has ensured perfect course stability, bringing drivers a reassuring feel of control

Efficient engines to match

The DS3 Cabrio is available with a choice between two 1.6 litre petrol engines:

  • Available on DStyle is the 1.6-litre petrol engine which develops 88 kW of power and with maximum torque of 160Nm at 4,250rpm. This engine consumes 6.7 litres of fuel (combined cycle rating) and emits 154 g/km of CO2
  • The DSport variant comes fitted with the 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 115 kW of power and with maximum torque figure of 240 Nm from 1,400 rpm to 4,000rpm. The combined fuel consumption rating is 5.9 l/100km and the CO2 emissions figure is 137 g/km


The Citroen DS3 Cabrio was designed to bring occupants pleasure. It combines the advantages of a classic cabriolet with the strong points of a hatchback. Top-down driving has never been this easy:

  • The roof takes just 16 seconds to fully close, at speeds of up to 120km/h. Motorists open and close the roof with a button in the ceiling console offering three opening positions: intermediate, horizontal and total. Even in horizontal setting, the soft top folds back behind the rear passengers.
  • Engineers worked hard on acoustics. First, by choosing top-quality canvas, with standard-setting soundproofing, comparable to that of a hatchback when closed. But also by designing an aerodynamic deflector net for optimum acoustic comfort with the canvas roof open. This component springs into action as soon as the roof opens, deflecting air currents and preventing air buffeting.
  • The design is also less invasive in terms of cabin space. The DS3 Cabrio has five real seats and the largest boot in its category, at 245 litres. In a breakthrough in the segment, it has the same cabin space as its hatchback version. And even retains the 60/40 split-folding rear bench, handy for a range of everyday needs. The tailgate has a particularly original opening path (circular motion), which enables motorists to fully open the boot no matter what the space behind (for example, when parked rear to wall).
  • Work on aerodynamics has resulted in an SCx of 0.69 m2, identical to that of the hatchback, which enhances performance but also helps to reduce CO2 emissions. More specifically, the impressive result was obtained by adding a long spoiler and aerodynamic deflectors on the quarter-light surrounds.

Citroen DS Capped Price Servicing

All DS models come with the peace of mind of capped price servicing. This is $360 per year or 20,000 kms (whichever comes first) for the first three years or 60,000km (whichever comes first) of the vehicle’s life.



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  • Four-speed automatic transmission
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Front fog lights
  • 3D tail lights
  • ESP
  • 16" “Ashera” alloy wheels
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Leather steering wheel with satin chrome insert
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Radio with CD & MP3
  • Automatic digital air conditioning
  • Connecting box + Bluetooth (USB & Aux)
  • Security pack (six airbags and seatbelt warning light)
  • Chrome pack (front bumper, door handles, tailgate, & window trim)
  • Aluminium pedals and foot rest
  • Interior LED mood lighting
  • Piano black dashboard and centre console
  • Rear park assist
  • Integrated aromatic air freshener
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Full LED courtesy lamp with ambiance lighting
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors


DStyle specification plus (or substitute specification):

  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • 1.6 Litre Turbo Petrol Engine
  • 17" “Bellone” black alloy wheels
  • Satellite navigation
  • Hi-Fi sound system
  • Carbon effect dashboard
  • Floor mats
  • Chrome tipped exhaust



  • DS3 Cabrio DStyle Automatic: $30,990*
  • DS3 Cabrio DSport Manual: $32,990*


  • Options on DStyle & DSport:
    • Metallic paint: $800*
    • Bleu Infini roof & Gris Monogram roof: $800*
    • Leather trim: $2,000*
  • Option on DStyle:
    • Sat Nav & Hi Fi System: $2,000*


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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