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Citroen DS5 news — Shanghai motor show 2011: new Citroen DS5

Citroen has unveiled this, the new DS5, at the Shanghai
motor show. Looks pretty cool, no?

Audiences are swimming around the new posh five-door hatch
aimed squarely at ze Germans. It’s the third ‘DS’ badged model to come from the
funky French sub-brand, rocking a striking bodystyle that carries the cool lines
of the DS3.

See more pictures of the new DS5

Based on the rather excellent Peugeot 508 platform - a car
we found to be a big step ahead for Pug’ - the DS5 is a big, sensible and
comfortable-looking steed, promising competitive dynamics and the option of the
Hybrid4 drivetrain. This, for those unaware, marries a diesel engine driving
the front wheels and an electric motor taking care of the rear. 200bhp and
99g/km, since you asked nicely.

Inside, the cabin draws out some rather beautiful design
touches, ushering in some proper quality feel - switches, clocks and the roof
console look fab - while high-spec versions get more cow skin than you know
what to do with.

Intriguing prospect; a
cool-looking French alternative to the upcoming BMW 3-Series GT…

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