Citroen have revealed 2016 styling updates for the DS3 and DS3 cabriolet. Although Citroen see the DS brand as a standalone entity aimed at the premium end of the market what you have is a Citroen. Periodic styling updates are part of the automotive product lifecycle and it’s usually pertained to the exterior, new set of headlights and taillights, more aggressive body kit that sort of thing.
Citroen have stuck to this formula for the DS3 and DS3 cabriolet, the front sees a square-cut grille with re-designed headlights and taillights and including re-designed front and rear bumpers with a spattering of chrome inserts.
All-in-all both models get a bit of a design tweak, both models continue with a familiar looking engine and model trim lineup. For your entertainment you now have the option of 78 different roof and body combinations that allow YOU the prospective owner to go for that two toned DS look.
Personalisation has also gone through the roof, options allow owners to select different trim finishes for the dashboard and interior fabrics. Citroen have also included a new range of alloy wheel designs.
The biggest feature change for the interior is the introduction of a new 7-inch touchscreen interface which includes Apple’s Mirror Link and Andriod smartphone integration. The new touchscreen is standard as is air-con and bluetooth functionality.
The DS3 is a compact hatch and expect compact engines, seven in total and ranging from the 3-cylinder petrol in three power derivatives and two 4-cylinder petrol units. Tightwads will rejoice with the fuel sipping 4-cylinder, sub 90g/km, diesel engine which will be available in two power derivatives.
The DS3 Performance will arrive in the UK by April and will feature a 1.6-litre petrol engine as a kind of backup vocalist with a six-speed short-ratio gearbox. The ride height will be lowered by 15mm and the wheel-arches will also be wider to support a wider front and rear track giving the DS3 performance a more aggressive look.
Although Citroen are quick to point out the DS3 Performance is no GTi beater the inclusion of a Torsen limited slip differential, that short ratio gearbox, bigger disc brakes and a power output of 205bhp all points to a GTi in the making.
The updated DS3 and DS3 Cabriolet range will start at £14k GBP, roughly a £700 increase.