Citroen Reshapes Local DS3 Range

2015 DS3 2

The Citroen DS3 city slicker has had a range adjustment to its lineup and now will consist of just five models in total. Teamed with this arrangement is the introduction of the new Puretech turbo engine that was first debuted in the Peugeot 308 and then the Citroen Cactus.

The five models in the DS3 range consist of four hatchbacks and a single Cabrio model. “The upgraded DS3 line-up presents the distinctive DS offering in a more focussed range that emphasises high across-the-range equipment levels, new engine technology and a more succinct naming structure. It is further proof of our commitment to the SA market and its customers, and our intention to offer local buyers meaningful, desirable products,” commented Francis Harnie, managing director of PCSA.

The Five new DS3 Models Detailed

Of the five models, the entry level 60 kW version is the starting point DS3 in the range. The normally aspirated three-cylinder unit is credited with a maximum output of 60 kW, coupled to a torque peak of 118 Nm. Drive is to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox.

One step up from the entry level DS3 is the DS3 Style.

Externally, the most obvious difference is the fitment of black, 17-inch alloy wheels. Also visible are the dark-tinted rear side windows, while those with an eye for detail will also note the rear parking sensors. Both white and black roof colours are offered.

However, the biggest change is hidden under the bonnet. The DS3 Design is powered by the turbocharged, e-THP version of the 1.2-litre PureTech engine, linked to a five-speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels. As a result, power output increases to 81 kW and 205 Nm torque.

The DS3 e-THP 81 kW Style hatchback is partnered by two further Style models, both sharing the same standard specification levels.

The DS3 Cabrio e-THP 81 kW Style is a cabriolet version of the DS3 hatchback. It features exactly the same platform and drivetrain as its tin-top stablemate, and therefore also benefits from the same power and torque output.

The third DS3 Style model on offer is the DS3 VTi 88 kW Style Automatic. It mirrors the DS3 Style 81 kW PureTech Style’s standard equipment list, but the drivetrain links a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine to a four-speed automatic transmission.

The flagship of the updated DS3 range is the 120 kW Sport. It combines a more extrovert exterior treatment with more comprehensive standard equipment, while a more powerful drivetrain ensures that the go matches the show.

Tell-tale exterior features that set the range-topper apart from the other DS3 stablemates include new-generation DS LED Vision headlights, which combine Xenon and LED modules.

Inside, the cloth/Alcantara combination of the other DS3 models is replaced with perforated leather upholstery, while the gear level and the door panels are also leather-trimmed. Climate control is also fitted as standard.

For music fans, the DS3 Sport gets an upgraded audio system, while satellite navigation system is standard too.

The DS3 Sport is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine with a rated maximum power output of 120 kW, with maximum torque of 240 Nm. Drive remains to the front wheels, but via a six-speed manual gearbox.

Pricing, service and warranty

DS3 PureTech 60 kW DESIGN                                R239 900

DS3 e-THP PureTech 81 kW STYLE                      R279 900

DS3 VTi 88 kW STYLE Automatic                            R294 900

DS3 Cabrio e-THP Puretech 81 kW STYLE            R304 900

DS3 e-THP 120 kW SPORT                                      R329 900

Prices include a three-year/100 000km warranty and a four-year/60 000km service plan. A five-year/100 000km warranty extension and FreeDrive (comprising a five-year/100 000km warranty plus five-year/100 000km maintenance plan) can be specified at added cost.