Vijay Pattni18 April 2011

Shanghai 2011: new Citroen DS5

Third ‘DS’ badged five-door hatch makes Chinese show debut and aims for the Germans…

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.

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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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