2015 Citroen DS5
We present to you the 2015 Citroen DS5, or rather simply ‘the DS5’ as the French would insist it. They’ve banned all mention of the double chevrons with the latest facelift for the company’s best-seller. It’s all part of their ongoing attempt to build DS into a separate standalone brand. Much like Lexus to Toyota and Infiniti to Nissan. And we don’t blame them to be fair after the DS 3, 4 and of course 5 and re-energised Citroen over the past few years.
So what’s new here? Not a huge amount that we can tell, to be quite frank. The body has naturally had a nip and tuck with the front end most notably different and front the side it perhaps even looks a little more dumbed down than before. The vertical grille incorporates the ‘DS Wings’ signature rather than Citroen’s double chevrons, which extends as two shafts of light into the new headlamp design. The same DS badge is also on the leading edge of the bonnet above. This is their flagship DS after all.
The headlamps are new, too, now mixing LED technology with xenon bulbs. The turn indicators are described as ‘scrolling’ which makes us think they light up in an arrow fashion akin to some of the current crop of Audis.
The new DS5 is powered by the latest engines from the PSA Group. All engines are available with new DS5 combine power, between 120-210hp, with respect for the environment, between a very respectable 74mpg and 65mpg for the diesel models.
“The New DS 5 is more than just a new car. It is the car introducing our brand identity. Sixty years on from the original DS, the new DS 5 carries all the genes of DS. Above all, it is a clear statement of our ambition: to revive the tradition of French premium vehicles.” – Yves Bonnefont, CEO of the DS brand.
The new DS5 will be unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, with this new model set to arrive in UK showrooms in July 2015. After loving every DS experience we have had in the past we are expecting very good things, but what do you reckon? A posh Citroen? Whatever you do, just don’t call it one.