DS 4 unveiled as Audi A3-rivalling premium hatchback

DS 4 unveiled as Audi A3-rivalling premium hatchback

The striking-looking model also gains a plug-in hybrid

DS has unveiled the fourth car in its line-up – the ‘4’ – as a new premium hatchback that goes head-to-head with the likes of the Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class.

Based on the same EMP2 platform that underpins the Peugeot 308 and Citroen C5 Aircross, the DS 4 will be sold with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid power. 

As with the brand’s other models – the DS 3 and DS 7 SUVs and the DS 9 saloon – this new car adopts a striking design, including an imposing front end, matrix LED lighting and large alloy wheels. It also comes with ‘pop out’ door handles, while the design is said to be inspired by the brand’s Aero Sport Lounge concept car.

Three bodystyles are available – the standard DS 4, which adopts plenty of chrome styling, a more rugged-looking Cross model and also the Performance Line, which gains a host of gloss black cues.

Inside, it benefits from a five-inch ‘gesture’ touchscreen, along with a larger 10-inch screen that serves as the main infotainment system. It also gets a clever new head-up display system that avoids drivers having to take their eyes off the road, Other interesting touches include invisible air vents, while the cabin is available with a host of finishes, including different types of leather, Alcanatara, carbon and wood. 

As for powertrain choices, the DS 4 will be available with a 128bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine, a 178bhp 1.6-litre petrol and a 128bhp 1.5-litre diesel. DS will also offer a new plug-in hybrid setup, which combines a 1.6-litre petrol unit with an electric motor and battery – producing 222bhp in all, while being able to travel for a claimed 30 miles on electricity. Automatic gearboxes feature across the range.

No prices have been announced, but expect models to start from around £26,000 when they go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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