Citroën expanded its DS range at the Geneva Auto show to include the DS1, a smaller model offering. Presented as a concept at Geneva it is expected to go into production in 2013. Rumour is there will be a 130 hp performance version available that will compete with Fiat’s 500 Abarth.
The 3.6m long DS1 is based on the common platform of the next C1, Peugeot and Toyota, all of which are produced in the same Czech Republic plant.
The DS1 will compete primarily against the successful Fiat 500 – and with a similar number of paint colors, upholstery and extras offered. The eye-catching design with grill, wide lateral grooves and B-pillar is based on the larger DS models. The DS1 interior, with digital speedometer and higher quality materials, differs significantly from the C1. Its three-cylinder gasoline engine choices deliver 68 to 100 hp along with a 70 hp diesel derived from the partnership with BMW.
The DS4 Racing Concept plays upon the DS3 Racing; – curved crease-lined sides, a carbon front spoiler and rear diffuser. Lowered by 35mm and wider in front and rear tracks by 55mm and 75mm respectively, it promises to be a presence on the road. Power comes from a 1.6 liter turbo that pumps out 256HP. That’s 160hp per liter! 380mm discs are used to halt the 19” rims.