The DS3 from Citroen which will rival the Mini has been confirmed for a release date in the coming spring of 2010 with five different engine choices and many stylistic choices for buyers.
The overall styling of the DS3 will be similar to the DS Inside conceptual model, but it will have LED lights installed in the bumper as well as different alloy wheels and fabrics inside the car.
However, the model will have wraparound rear and side windows, side pillars, and blacked out pillars on the front windscreen so that the model appears to have a ‘floating roof’ as Citroen calls the unique design.
It also will have the same front down to the engines and basic parts as the C3 supermini but will only have three doors and an overall sporty look to draw attention from a younger crowd of buyers.
Allowing buyers to have a say in the vehicle is one key element of the DS3’s marketing plan, and according to Citroen buyers can choose to have a roof panel in red, white, black, or blue. They also can choose what colours they would like for the running strips and door mirrors along with wheel centres and wheel chrome finishes.
The starting engine will be a 95bhp 1.4 litre petrol that has CO2 emissions that are anywhere between 136g/km up to 160g/km depending on if a 120 or 150bhp upgrade is chosen with a 1.6 litre petrol to complete the full range.
Those who are concerned about the environment can also choose one of two 1.6 litre diesel engines one that has CO2 emissions of 99g/km with a 90bhp engine, and one with 115g/km of CO2 emissions with a 110bhp unit.