Citroen is in the process of hiving off its DS models as a separate brand. The facelifted DS 5, which debuts at the Geneva Motor Show in March, will be the first car sold in the UK as a DS, when it arrives in July.

Central to the facelift is the new nose, which ditches the previous double chevron Citroen logo for a new, vertical grille and the DS emblem. The combined LED and xenon headlights have been reshaped. The rest of the car is largely unchanged, with revised trim and new wheel designs.

The previously button-heavy interior has been simplified thanks to a new touchscreen system that controls most functions, eliminating 12 buttons. So-called Mirror Screen tech lets the user copy smartphone content onto the screen.

Under the bonnet, there’s a revised choice of BlueHDi engines. Power outputs range from 118bhp to 177bhp; the former is the most economical, achieving 74.3mpg and emitting 100g/km of Co2. A six-speed manual is standard, with an optional EAT6 auto arriving later.

That box is standard on the most powerful diesel, which returns 65.7mpg and 110g/km. A manual-only, 148bhp, 64.2mpg, 103k/km version sits in the middle and will probably be the best seller.

There’s a four-wheel-drive hybrid option as well, with a diesel engine powering the front wheels and an electric motor on the rear axle. DS claims over 90mpg in city driving and sub-100g/km emissions. It’s of running on electricity only, but DS doesn’t quote a range. There’s petrol engines in 163bhp and 207bhp forms, but no-one will buy them.

CEO of the DS brand, Yves Bonnefont, said: “The new DS is more than just a new car. It is the car introducing our brand identity. Sixty years on from the original DS, the new DS 5 carries all the genes of the DS. Above all, it is a clear statement of our ambition: to revive the tradition of French premium vehicles.”

Full UK prices and specs will be annouced nearer the DS 5’s launch. Given it is being more clearly positioned as a premium product, there will likely be a increase from the current £23,000 starting point.

 

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