As we’ve known for a while now, DS has formally split from Citroen and will be coming to Tokyo as a standalone brand; this occasion also marks the launch of the brand in Japan. It will showcase a variety of models including the facelifted DS 4, DS 4 Crossback, DS 5 ‘1955’ limited edition and the exclusive for Japan series DS 3 ‘So Parisienne’ and DS 3 Cabrio.
The new DS 4 features an elegant bodywork that is accentuated by chrome elements and LED Vision headlamps. There are wide diamond-cut wheels present at all four corners giving the vehicle a bold appearance. The DS 4 comes with a choice of four roof and spoiler colours that can also be combined with the side mirrors and hub caps, these are perla nera black, whisper, virtual blue and tourmaline orange. DS says that there are 38 possible combinations between the colour of the roof and the bodywork.
The interior exudes a premium feel with the appointment of Nappa leather for the dashboard and door panels and semi-aniline leather for the “watchstrap” seat upholstery. The all-new DS 4 will be launched in the Japan in the Q1 2016 alongwith its Crossback version.
DS 4 Crossback:
The DS 4 Crossback is aimed at customers with a flair for adventure. The exterior has been designed with that purpose in mind. The car has a raised ground clearance, large black wheels, grey roof rails, plastic cladding on wheel arches, black wing mirrors, LED Vision headlights and intense tourmaline orange body colour. The interior receives special door sills and a panoramic windscreen with 45 degree visibility, while rest of the characteristics remain more or less the same as the DS 4.
Powering both DS 4 and DS 4 Crossback, is the THP 165 S&S engine that generates 165 hp (121 kW) and 240 Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired to a newly-developed EAT6 automatic gearbox, which gives a combined claimed fuel efficiency of 18.18 km/l and 130 g/km of carbon emissions.
All-new DS 5 ‘1955’ limited edition:
DS will be showcasing a limited edition ‘1955’ model of their flagship product – the DS 5. This exclusive edition has been created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the original DS that entered production in 1955.
The exterior of this limited edition is finished in ink blue. There are distinctive elements all over the body that convey the exclusivity of the vehicle. The alloy wheels are given matte gold wheel centers, there is a matt gold DS logo on the hood, the wing mirror housings have DS engraved on them and just below the side mirrors “60 years 1955” is seen stamped in gold. The only detail revealed on the interior is that the seats are upholstered in full-grain leather. Power will come from the same THP 165 S&S engine which will be paired to the EAT6 automatic transmission.
DS 3 and DS 3 CABRIO ‘So Parisienne’:
Another limited edition that makes its way to Tokyo is the ‘So Parisienne’ limited edition of the DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio. These cars are specially made for Japan and will be limited to 300 units. They can be easily distinguished by their pearl white body colour, black roof and 17-inch black diamond-cut Aphrodite alloy wheels. The headlights are the brand’s LED Vision units that also have scrolling indicators. There is a special emphasis on safety with the inclusion of the Active City Brake system that brakes automatically at low speeds. Engine powering the special edition models is the PureTech 110 S&S engine which is married to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.