This 70s-Era Citroen DS Gets a New Lease On Life Thanks to Electrification
Electrification might be doing a lot for modern cars, but it’s also breathing new life into older cars. Case in point: this 1971 Citroen DS. Tuning firm Electrogenic has removed the old 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and replaced it with an all-electric powertrain and battery pack. The new powertrain delivers 120 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. The juice comes from a 48.6 kWh battery that delivers a range of around 140 miles but Electrogenic does offer a range extender that can boost that range to more than 200 miles.
Outside of the new powertrain, most of the Citroen DS remains untouched. The design remains the same, though the owner of this specific model went with the hydro-pneumatic suspension to improve ride quality. The tailpipes have also been removed while the boot lid now has a subtle “DS EV Electronique” emblem. If you’re interested, Electrogenic will upgrade your classic DS to
Citroen C5 Aircross Hyrbid Concept Revealed In Paris
Citroën’s flagship presentation this year at the Paris Motor Show is the pre-production study for the brand’s first plug-in hybrid model. Dubbed the C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid Concept, it will go on sale from 2020. The SUV on display at the show features a special White and Deep Blue color code, with Electric Blue accents.
The Citroen DS3 Crossback Shows Up In Paris Looking Like a Proper SUV
DS presented the new DS3 Crossback at the Paris Motor Show. The SUB-compact city SUV is the second SUV debut for the premium brand under the PSA Group and it took the path of competing with other small city crossovers. Without a direct premium competitor in its segment (save for the Audi Q2), the DS3 Crossback represent an interesting attempt by the French to excite buyers into this class. In essence, this car succeeded the DS3 small city car, but brings numerous novelties demonstrating DS ideology of creating exciting, different, and unique cars.
Another Reincarnation on the Cards: This time from Citroën
This year is already proving to be the year of revivals; recently, we reported the revival of the Honda Insight and the Jaguar XK, and now it’s the Citroën twins – the C4 and C5. The C4 was a successful model that ran for 14 years. The C5, on the other hand, was the larger sedan version of the C4, which also had a decent run. The good news is that both these cars are now making a comeback, according to the brand’s CEO.
2018 DS 7 Crossback
Citroën has been around since 1919, but its premium sub-brand, DS Automobiles has only been around since its announcement back in 2009 – making the brand just shy of a decade old. Since then, the brand has released a few concepts and no fewer than six individual models that include the DS 3, DS 6, two iterations of the DS 4, and two iterations of the DS 5. Now with the upcoming Geneva Auto Show, the DS brand is set to release a new SUV, aptly called the DS7.
It will fight against models like the Lexus NX, Audi Q2, and even the BMW X1 – a tall order, but not exactly unfathomable given the looks, luxury, and comfort offered by the brand’s newest SUV… uhem… Crossback. Designed with comfort and performance in mind, the DS 7 features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that delivers some 300 ponies through all four wheels when needed. Features like DS Night Vision, DS Active Scan Suspension, DS Connected Pilot, and a pair of 12-inch screens inside are present – all of which poses a strong proposition for the competition.
There are even rumors that this newest model could, in fact, bring the Citroën brand – or at least some derivative of it – back to the U.S. for the first time in nearly three decades. Of course, word has it that its initial reentry will be trough a company called TravelCar which would help the brand introduce its newest models to the U.S. market as rental or ride-share vehicles. But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves and get too excited, that’s still some time away, and the DS7 is still headed to Geneva Motor Show. So, let’s take a better look at DS’ newest SUV and talk more about it.
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2016 DS 4 Crossback Terre Rouge Limited Edition
Citroën’s DS 4 Crossback is a curious car in its own right. It’s technically a Citroën but the added DS name means that it also has some fashionable features attached to it. It’s also billed as a crossover, although it does look more like an oversized car. Be that as it may, the French automaker has tried really hard to separate its core line with the more premium DS sub-brand and no more is that evident than in the DS 4 Crossback Terre Rouge Limited Edition, a 17-unit limited edition model that doesn’t really offer too much in the way of exclusivity, only Citroën wants to make you believe that it does.
The good news is that the DS 4 Crossback Terre Rouge comes with a laundry list of features that have been made standard on all 17 units. The bad news is that in addition to these options, the special edition crossover’s only other claim to fame is the color that it comes in. Seems appropriate then that Citroën is only offering 17 units of the model since it might have trouble selling more than that number.
The vehicle isn’t actually all that bad; it’s just an awkward example of a model that’s being touted far more heavily than it should be. There’s a certain level of expectation that comes with models being branded as a limited edition and the DS 4 Crossback Terre Rouge, as unique as Citroën makes it out to be, really isn’t that unique once you peel through all of its layers.
But hey, it’s not like the model’s headed here to the U.S. to begin with. All 17 models are earmarked for the U.K. market at a price of £30,045, or about $36,600 based on current exchange rates.
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2017 Citroen C3 Picasso
We have received a lot of spy shots lately, and today we got a new set of what looks to be the next Citroen C3 Picasso. Of course, you probably think it looks a lot like the Opel Meriva, and that’s Okay – you should. The Opel Meriva and the C3 Picasso both share the same platform and general design language. They both have their own styling cues, of course, but they are generally the same car with a different badge.
The C3 Picasso we see in the spy shots is under pretty heavy camo, so it’s hard to make out a lot of the details. At this point, Citroen even went so far as to cover the rear, side windows in camo as well to prevent any sneaky shots of the interior – I guess the driver has to stick his head out of the window to check his blind spots. Anyway, let’s take a look at what we can make out from the photos here, and maybe even speculate a little on what we’ll see when we get all of the official details.
Update 08/29/2016: We’re getting another look at the upcoming C3 Picasso through a second round of spy shots. Very little camo has been shed, but this time it has production-ready taillights.
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2017 Citroën C3
It’s been six years since Citroën debuted the second-generation C3 and three years since the car’s last facelift. Now, Citroën is kicking off the 2017 model year with a redesigned C3, and let me just say that it is a huge departure from the outgoing model. The front end has been completely redesigned; the side panels now include Airbump panels like we’ve seen previously on the C3 Cactus, and the new generation brings a new range of personalization options previously unavailable to the C3. Furthermore, there is some new technology to talk about, and Citroën has even gone so far as to add in the option of four different interior themes. In the power department, there is are three gasoline-powered engines and two diesel-powered mills to choose from, making this a versatile option in the world of compacts.
After seeing the spy shots, we really didn’t expect the C3 to change all that much but, upon first glance, the three-year wait from the last facelift is well worth it. Furthermore, this thing actually comes with its own built-in dashcam, which is something that you don’t generally find in a new car – at least not that I can recall anyway. The most interesting thing about this debut is that it was just earlier this month that we caught the C3 testing under heavy camo, and we certainly didn’t expect to see the sheet pulled off the car so soon. With that said, let’s quit wasting time and take a good look at what Citroën is bringing to the table with the all-new C3.
Updated 06/29/2016: Citroën dropped the official details on the new C3.
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2016 Citroen E-Elysee
Launched in 2013, the C-Elysee replaced the Elysee, a small family sedan produced for the Chinese market by the Dongfeng-Citroen joint venture. The second-gen model is strongly related to the Peugeot 301 and shares its PSA PF1 platform with the Citroen C3 and DS3. But, unlike its predecessor, the C-Elysee is also built outside China and sold in certain markets in Europe and North Africa. While the compact isn’t particularly popular in these markets, it enjoys significantly more success in China, where it was Citroen’s best-selling vehicle in 2015 with 90,000 units sold. As a result, the French are looking to build on the momentum and expand the C-Elysee range in the world’s largest market.
Previously available with gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines, the C-Elysee will soon go on sale with an all-electric drivetrain. The new powertrain will also bring a new name, with the electric sedan to be called the E-Elysee.
The upcoming sedan is part of Donfeng-Citroen’s ambitions to become a key player in the Chinese electric car market and joins the recently unveiled E-Mehari. But, unlike the four-seater cabriolet, the E-Elysee will offer enhanced practicality and a longer range.
Details about the E-Elysee are still scant as of his writing, but Citroen should unveil more data closer to the vehicle’s launch in 2017. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the sedan.
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2016 Citroën C4 Cactus Rip Curl Special Edition
Fans of the Citroën C4 Cactus has something to be excited about when the doors open at the Geneva Auto Show. Citroën has created a special edition C4 Cactus, dubbed the Rip Curl, that brings some interesting design cues and new technology to the C4 line – some of which aren’t available on any other C4 model.
This new, special-edition model is built out of a collaboration between Citroën and the surfing brand, Rip Curl. The idea behind the special edition is to boost the outdoor spirit already offered by the C4 Cactus and take it to another level. As Citroën put it, “The C4 Cactus Rip Curl encourages drivers to hit the road anytime, anywhere” and is “ideal for lifestyles focused on leisure and well-being.”
The biggest highlight of the C4 Cactus Rip Curl is the new Grip Control system that was designed specifically for this model, and promises enhanced traction and drivability over most terrain. Surely this model will spawn a lot of interest for fans of the C4 Cactus when it official debuts in Geneva, so let’s take a closer look at the C4 Cactus Rip Curl and what makes it so special.
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Citroen produced more than 144,000 examples of the versatile Mehari between 1968 and 1988. The utility vehicle served many purposes, including military use by the French, while civilians loved it for its off-road capabilities. It was the ultimate off-road, beach-goer. Citroen seems to be somewhat obsessed with this piece of its past, as it keeps looking back to it for inspiration for its modern day vehicles.
If you look at the C4 Cactus, it clearly shares some of the design characteristics, and let’s not forget the Citroen Cactus M Concept that we recently snagged photos of at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. Now, Citroen is at it again – paying tribute to the Mehari and borrowing from its design characteristics yet again. This time, however, it isn’t a Cactus model or a concept. This time, Citroen has even resurrected the Mehari name, calling its new electric vehicle the Citroen E-Mehari.
Citroen says the E-Mehari is “incomparable, silent, and stress-free” and it “stands apart as a free spirit in the automotive market.” The E-Mehari does have some interesting styling and does have a “fun” look to it, and it is said to confirm Citroen’s interest in developing cheery, optimistic vehicles that are entirely different from the rest. You could say it does cover those bases quite well, as long as you don’t look at some of the other Citroen models anyway.
The E-Mehari isn’t something that would get a lot of traction here in the U.S., but in the French market – the market it is intended for – this little electric four-seater should get quite the following from those who miss that iconic off-roader from the past. The E-Mehari is currently in the middle of its debut to the world, and is on display in Paris until December 11th. That said, let’s take a look and the new E-Mehari and see what this interesting little EV is all about.
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Crossovers are already, as the name implies, a vehicle type that is wedged in between two other types of vehicles. But Citroen has taken it upon itself to further confuse the whole classification system with the Crossback, an even more car-like sort of crossover. The 2011 Citron DS4 is already a fashion statement for Citroen, essentially a 2015 Citroen C4 with a more daring look to it, and now it seems that Citroen has added the option of getting a slightly taller one. The Crossback doesn’t replace the DS4, even though they are very similar.
Citroen has a whole line of DS sub-models, with the DS4 being the mid-range model in the lineup. This is likely why it has gotten the new Crossback option; Citroen wouldn’t want you to overlook its middle child. The range takes its name from the wonderful original DS, one of the most iconic cars of all time, that was produced from 1955 to 1975. The DS was unlike anything else in the automotive world at the time, and an incredibly bold styling statement. This is Citroen’s way of making sure that you know these cars are special, hence the much higher prices on DS models.
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The Citroen C4 Cactus has been declared the 2015 World Car Design of the Year at a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show. The French crossover, equipped with Citroen’s innovative air pocket panels that prevent dents and scratches, gathered most votes in a final that also included the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Volvo XC90.
As with each edition of the awards, the candidates were first reviewed by a panel consisting of five highly respected design experts. The 75 World Car Awards jurors then voted on the expert’s recommendations. World Car Design of the Year candidates are required to be available in quantities of at least 10 in one major market during the period beginning January 1st, 2014 and ending May 31st, 2015.
"The Cactus is a truly innovative piece of design. It has an appealingly distinct exterior announced first by its slender upper front lights, proportions slightly different to any other car, and by those stand-out ‘air-bumps’ that help safeguard against parking scrapes. Inside it eschews lots of dials and buttons for a very minimal uncluttered approach: controls centered on and around a central digital screen and many of the core surfaces and volumes kept linear, reduced, and pleasantly un-car-like. The Cactus design is a proper breath of fresh air," the experts that favored the C4 Cactus concluded.
This is the second Citroen to win the World Car Design of the Year, after the C4 won the inaugural edition in 2006.
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Last year at the Paris Motor Show, it was announced that the DS line of cars would break away from Citroen to form its own premium brand. At the same show, two concepts were also unveiled, a DS 3 and DS 3 Cabriolet, each bearing the touch of French fashion label Ines de la Fressange Paris.
DS hopes to distinguish itself from its parent company as a brand focused on style, refinement, and luxury, as compared to the more pragmatic and accessible Citroen reputation. With 2015 slated as the first year of the individualized DS brand, the non-cabriolet concept from last year will now be offered in a limited-production run available for purchase, kicking things off in a truly Parisian style.
This limited-edition DS 3 was specifically designed to draw the attention of the fashion-conscious, by upgrading the exterior and interior with new colors and a few equipment additions. The result is a highly stylized hatchback that’s a visual standout among its plain-Jane counterparts. But is it worth the money?
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Citroen made its bones in this business on the foundation of innovation and forward-thinking. Those two things were evident in 2004 when the French automaker unveiled the C4, a small five-door hatchback that succeeded the Xsara and has since become one of its most popular models. As of 2014, the C4 is in the middle of its second generation, so that explains why the 2015 model received only a handful of cosmetic upgrades on the exterior and interior.
Not that there’s anything wrong with the lack of upgrades; there’s an art to simple modifications going a long way and it seems that Citroen has mastered that craft better than a lot of its own rivals. That said, it’s been almost five years since the second-generation model came to life. That’s why the 2015 model received these upgrades, bridging the gap between the previous iteration and the last few versions that are scheduled to be released in the next few years before the third-generation model arrives sometime in 2018.
Give the Citroen C4 its proper attention. Even though it’s not sold in the U.S., the model has become one of the most popular in its segment. That’s saying a lot considering that its competing daily with the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus.
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Citroen’s collaboration with Benefit Cosmetics has produced some sweet DS 3 special edition models since the two companies decided to team up in December 2013. The one-off pink DS 3 was such a hit that it spawned an immediate successor in March 2014 inspired by Benefit’s "They’re Real!" mascara line. Then in July 2014, a third special edition DS 3, the DS 3 DSign Noire, was launched at the "Fast and Fabulous" race weekend at Silverstone. Now here we are, the fourth DS 3 collaboration between Citroen and Benefit Cosmetics has been unveiled. This time, the car is taking its design cues from yet another one of Benefit Cosmetic’s products: the ’Stay Flawless’ primer. I’m not sure exactly what a primer does, but I do know that the DS 3 DStyle by Benefit looks completely at home with its predecessors.
This particular DS 3 Cabrio comes with plenty of exterior and interior styling cues inspired by the San Francisco-based cosmetics company. I can best describe it as a stylish infusion of feminine pizazz and the Bay Area’s hipster vibe.
That’s a pretty slick combination if you ask me. Altogether, the DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit retails for £18,745, which is about $31,500 as of 8/5/2014.
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To celebrate the opening of the DS World Paris on November 27th, Citroen prepared the special-edition DS3 that it dubbed the DS World Paris. The model will be displayed exclusively in Paris and will be limited to only 15 units.
The model was inspired by Art Deco architecture, and it reflects the French artisanal expertise. It is coated exclusively in matte ash grey combined with a Trinitario brown for the roof and wing mirror shells. Another special feature on this special DS3 is the new set of 17-inch wheels with a unique diamond effect.
For the interior, Citroen added seats wrapped in Trinitario brown Nappa leather with beige stitching. Citroen also made use of the same leather for the dashboard insert, gear lever handle and central armrest. Each unit also gets a specially numbered "DS World Paris" badge crafted in Burgundy oak.
There is no mention of what powers this DS3, nor does Citroen mention a price or release date.
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After releasing arguably one of the most straight-forward press releases in the auto industry, Citroen bared its Frankfurt Auto Show plans and a big part of it will be the Cactus Concept, a car that has turned to be better than we previously thought.
After all the details of the Cactus Concept were bared, we couldn’t help by wonder how much of all the new technology, including the highly advertised "Air Bump" bumpers, will translate into the production model.
An indication of this technology seems points to bumpers that absorb the kind of damage that would’ve messed up any other bumper. The accompanying video after the jump even does a demonstration, although how much help the phrase "touch me" does when you accidentally touch your own monitor is a little misleading — you feel even worse when you realize that your monitor is not a touchscreen...
We’re guessing technology like ’Airbumps’ was what Citroen was aiming for when it said that it was embracing a “Pure, Simple, Smart" philosophy.
Updated 09/11/2013: This review has been updated with official details and photos
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Citroen Cactus Concept is not the only vehicle that the French manufacturer is going to unveil at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, Citroen is announcing that it will also update the current DS lineup with the addition of a new package called Faubourg Addict.
It takes its inspiration from the Numero 9 concept and, according to the first details, it promises to deliver "Parisian luxury." Citroen will apply this special edition to all DS models, including the DS3, DS4 and DS5.
The new Faubourg Addict package will include a new exterior color called "Whisper" combined with a deep black with subtle purple nuances, and a DS signature on the monogram canvas roof. The model also receives new, laser-engraved wing mirror housings and sits on jewellery Diamond-effect wheels with Whisper-colored centers coordinated with the body paint.
The new Citroen DS Faubourg Addict Edition will be put on sale in October. Prices will be announced at a later date, and more information will come forward upon the Special edition’s unveiling in Frankfurt.
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