All-New DS 4S Premium Hatchback Revealed in China

It's still difficult not to call DS models "Citroen," just like it's difficult to understand why the French automaker has built another compact hatchback despite not having much luck with the first one.
All-New DS 4S Premium Hatchback Revealed in China 5 photos
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Only a few weeks after launching the new DS4 and DS4 Crossoback in France, DS is now introducing a "flagship model for DS’s global offensive in the premium compact segment." Various reports suggested the first premium car built on the EMP2 platform would debut in China this year. They seem to be true, as the 4S looks nothing like its European cousins and has a unique greenhouse structure.

The model was designed in France, but it will be built in Shenzhen, China. It's part of a growing list of interesting cars sold by the French automaker in the world's biggest car market, but not in Europe.

The press statement is a little bit sketchy when it comes to the powertrain. Nevertheless, it says there will be three gasoline engines available. Two of them seem to be versions of a 1.8 THP we've never heard about with 136 and 204 hp. The third option is "all-new EB2 Turbo engine" that we presume is a 1.2-liter 3-cylinder turbo. All of them will be available with the EAT6 gearbox, presumably the same Aisin-developed automatic used by the Peugeot 308.

Stylistically speaking, the DS 4S follows the same design language as the DS 5LS sedan and DS 6WR SUV. It has a chromed wing grille that cuts into the headlights, three LEDs per cluster and a larger projector. From the side, it looks like a stretched DS3 and the back features rectangular shapes for both the taillights and the oversized exhaust pipes.

The only picture we have of the interior suggests the DS5 served as inspiration. From that model, designers borrowed the watch strap seats and awkwardly shaped steering wheel. The center console looks like it's been made with a few parts from Peugeot. One thing is for sure, the bright red leather used throughout will keep you from falling asleep on a gloomy winter morning.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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