What is the new DS 3?
The new DS 3 is the replacement for the previous DS 3 which was originally introduced to us back in 2010 as the Citroen DS 3. Now the DS brand has become its own entity under PSA Peugeot Citroen.
The DS brand delivers a much more upmarket, premium package than PSA siblings Peugeot or Citroen and the new DS 3 continues the French brand’s push into the premium car market.
What do I need to know?
The original DS 3 launched under the Citroen name in 2010 introduced the “DS LED Vision” light signature for the very first time but since then the design language has evolved. Now the DS 3 gets DS Automobiles front end with “DS Wings” draped around a new grille with the DS badge.
Much of the car’s original look, including the floating roof, two-tone body and roof colours remain as the DS designers felt they were key to the DS 3’s personality.
Inside, new DS 3 models are equipped with Mirror Screen functionality with Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink bringing the smartphone integration to DS 3 drivers. The high-tech experience continues as the new DS 3 features a new 7-inch touchscreen users can make calls, consult maps, listen to music and check their messages, either by using the voice recognition technology or via the touchscreen.
Active City Brake is equipped on the DS 3 as well as front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and hill start assist (which is a manual gearbox only feature).
The DS 3 features class leading boot space with 285 litres for the hatchback and 245 litres for the Cabrio. DS Automobiles also state that the new DS 3 and new DS 3 Cabrio can comfortably accommodate a driver and a passenger in the front of the car as well as three adult passengers in the back.
The new DS 3 will be available in the UK with seven engines that put the power through either a manual or automatic gearbox. The range topping engine is found in the sporty DS 3 Performance which has a 1.6L petrol engine that produces 208 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque going through a six-speed manual gearbox with shorter gear ratios and a Torsen limited-slip differential.
Six more engines are available in the range; three Puretech three-cylinder, 1.2L petrols with 80 hp, 110 hp and 130 hp, a THP 1.6L four-cylinder petrol with 165 hp and two BlueHDi diesels with 100 hp and 120 hp outputs.
When can I buy it?
Soon. No UK prices have been confirmed yet but they are expected in February as the new DS 3 will be arriving at UK dealerships next month.