The new DS 3, in 5 keys: so fight the chic French against the powerful MINI

The DS 3 has been renovated in depth for 2016. It is now more DS and less Automobile, and among other things has updated its aesthetics. It also provides us with interesting novelties in its range of engines and a Performance version with up to 208 HP of power which I’ll talk a little later. A proposal chic of parisian airs, which wants to do in front of the MINI-british arguments in favour renewed. What are enough to shade the all-powerful british?

1) A new calender and more aesthetic refinement

The DS 3 continues to be available on the bodywork of three doors and cabrio, with a roof-type “can of sardines”.

The DS 3 has been renovated, with a second wash of face that breaks all of the few ties aesthetic that remained of the car designed by Citroën since few years ago. DS already has its own entity as a trademark, and calandra chrome is his main mark of identity. This calender has all the prominence of the front, with a size XXL and framed series by their optical, already premiered in a face wash a year. These lenses combine LED technology and xenon for a beam of light is optimal and even diffusion on the road.

ds-3-2016-34In the rear, of series, are the optical LED infinity effect. They are beautiful and add depth to the aesthetics of the car. What is true is that the DS 3 has hardly changed. This face wash refreshes your image, but still the same car that was presented in 2010 with a few changes. Inside we have less of a change yet, but DS has worked to improve the quality and as always, to provide greater possibilities of customization, as well as exclusive upholstery for the seats, inspired by his older brothers.

2) A range of motors varied and efficient

Two 1.6 THP four-cylinder put the icing on prestacional, with a capacity of 156 HP and 208 HP.

The range of engines, the DS 3 is renewed and upgraded to the standard Euro6, being conformed by the latest innovations developed by the PSA Group. The main novelty is the incorporation of two combinations PureTech three-cylinder and turbocharger. In your version of 110 HP, this engine of 1.2 liters can be associated to an automatic gearbox EAT6 six-relations, torque converter. Its fuel consumption is 4.6 l/100 km, a 30% less than the old VTi 120 maximum power that replaces.

ds-3-2016-28The other novelty is the PureTech version of 130 HP, only associated to a manual gearbox of six relations, and system Stop&Start stops. The range is completed with the options BlueHDi four-cylinder, whose version 1.6 100 HP sheds some emissions of CO2 of only 79 g/km, equivalent to an average consumption of only 3.2 l/100 km All diesel used a SCR system anti-pollution, injection of urea on the exhaust gases with the objective of reducing emissions of oxides of nitrogen.

3) A new DS 3 Performance, sporty 208-HP

We like serial to have a limited-slip differential mechanical in the front axle.

Becomes a model Performance to the DS range 3. Under its hood we will find a the updated 1.6 THP 208 HP of power. A propellant already known by all in the room, whose torque of 300 Nm is channelled to the front-wheel drive through a manual gearbox six relations. Of series, the DS 3’s Performance will feature a differential, Torsen limited-slip and a tune-up, a lot more sports. Its track width has been increased, it is 15 mm closer to the ground than his brothers, and his train of front wheels have discs of 323 mm.

ds-3-2016-performance-1Aesthetically it does not differ too much from other DS 3, but its wheels of 18 inches will not go unnoticed. In its interior, with sports seats – semibacquéts very similar to the Peugeot mounted in the 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport – and a specific instrumentation, which reminds us that you’re not sitting in the DS 3 triple your neighbor. Specific badges and the initials of DS Performance on the dashboard are also responsible for a reminder that you pilot a special car.

4) Apple Car Play and MirrorLink

The infotainment is one of the keys of the new DS 3. In its interior it has a touch screen of seven inches through which we can manage our iPhone with the system Apple Car Play, accessing secure applications for use in the car. On the other hand, if our smartphone use Android as the operating system, we will have to make do with the system MirrorLink, a mirror of the screen of our phone on the screen of the car. An app, myDS, will allow us to record trip data, fuel consumption, etc

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(5) The key remains the customization

the grace of The DS remains in its enormous possibilities of customization. 78 possible combinations between the different roof and body colors. In its three-door version, there are 10 stickers of roof available, 4 colors of ceiling and 4 colors for the soft top of the convertible. In addition, we will have available 10 different housings for the side mirrors, and 15 alloy wheel designs from 16-and 17-inch. If this outside little, debuts a new exterior color (red Aden) and a new color of roof (brown topaz).

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