PSA Group Peugeot Citroen relaunched its upmarket DS brand as a separate marque a couple of months ago with the big DS 5 hatch. And now the line-up has expanded with the addition of the facelifted, mid-size DS 4.

The DS 4 goes into battle with the Audi A3, BMW 1-Series and upcoming Infiniti Q30 wearing a new face and heavily updated interior.

All traces of Citroen branding found on the old car have been banished. The 4 now uses the DS family ‘face’ and optional LED headlights. The hatchback version is also joined by the new DS 4 Crossback, a crossover with raised suspension and cosmetic skid plates. Volvo does something similar in the V40 Cross Country.

Despite the ruffty-tuffty styling, the Crossback is only available with front-wheel-drive, and a choice of 128bhp petrol and 118bhp diesel engines. The 4 hatchback range starts with the same 1.2-litre, turbocharged PureTech 130 motor; a 1.6-litre turbo petrol in either 163bhp or 207bhp tunes is a also available as are 118bhp, 148bhp and 177bhp BlueHDi diesels.

If you want an automatic gearbox, the middle petrol and top diesel have EAT6 auto ‘boxes as standard, while it’s optional on the low-power diesel. The BlueHDi 120 manual offers the best fuel economy at 74.3mpg and 100g/km of Co2.

The previous button-fest interior gains a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which removes 12 buttons from the centre console. The ‘screen controls everything from satnav to music, and features Mirror Screen, duplicating Android and iOS smartphone content.

The DS 4 hatchback with be available in several model grades, while the Crossback is one spec only. Among the choices will be nine body colours and four roof colours. Plus there will be an extensive package of driver assistance and safety aids.

Exact specs and prices will be confirmed ahead of the DS 4’s UK launch next summer. In the meantime, it makes its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month.

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By Only Motors