A third model in Citroen's DS series of vehicles has arrived in New Zealand.
It is the DS5 which has been launched as a single highly specified model powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine matched to a six-speed automatic and priced at $59,990.
The engine, which has been developed in conjunction with BMW, produces 115 kW of power and 240 Nm of torque from just 1400 rpm.
Inspired by Citroen's C-SportLounge concept car, DS5 completes the current DS line which includes smaller DS3 and DS4 models.
The vehicle has already collected some notable awards in the Northern Hemisphere, including the 2012 Car Design of the Year presented by Car Design News for its aesthetic styling achievements, while Top Gear UK has made the DS5 its 2012 Family Car of the Year thanks to its high level of rational and practical design.
There are some interesting features and luxuries included in this new vehicle. For example, the standard climate control air conditioning offers three different air flow intensities while maintaining full automatic control.
The glass sunroof comes in three sections, each with its own sun blind to allow each occupant to set their own level of roof light.
Front and rear parking sensors on the vehicle are complemented by a rear parking camera, and the automatic headlights also have an the convenience of an automatic high beam function.
Citroen DS5 also offers a full colour head-up display that provides vehicle speed, cruise control status and navigation instructions, electric front seats with memory and massage functions for the driver's seat, a cooled compartment for food and drinks, a full alarm system, and dual function Xenon steerable headlights.
- Taranaki Daily News