Citroen’s premium ambitions have reached Australia, with the French automotive producer introducing the DS3 model in the country.
The automaker has set itself a high target, planing to challenge luxury brands such as BMW and Audi on the Australian market.
Based on the C3, the vehicle comes with an upgraded suspension and a larger wheelbase, two features that are aimed at improving handling. The DS3 is offered in two versions: the Style is the entry-level one, while more demanding customers can go for the Sport incarnation of the vehicle.
The DS3 Style uses a naturally aspirated 1.6 liter unit that delivers 119 hp and 160 Nm of torque and is mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox, while the Sport version borrows the MINI Cooper S’ turbocharged 1.6 liter unit that develops 156 hp and 240 Nm and comes with a six-speed manual transmission.
One of the top assets of the DS3 is the high level of personalization, with customers being offered a long list of choices for multiple exterior and interior elements.
Here are the complete specs for the two versions:
Citroen DS3 Style
Price: From $32,990
Engine: 1.6-litre 4-cylinder
Power: 88kW at 6000rpm
Torque: 160Nm at 4250rpm
Transmission: 4-speed auto, front-wheel-drive
Fuel and emission: 7.0L/100km and 160g/km
Citroen DS3 Sport
Price: From $35,990
Engine: 1.6-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder
Power: 115kW at 6000rpm
Torque: 240Nm at 1400-4000rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
Fuel and emission: 6.7/100km and 155g/km
autoevolution tested the Citroen DS3. You can read the review here