Citroen DS3 Cabrio revealed ahead of Paris Motor Show [video]

The Citroen DS3 Cabrio goes on sale in early 2013.


Citroen has decided to unveil the DS3 Cabrio before its public debut next month at the Paris Motor Show. It will be available with a choice of three soft top roof styles: Infinite blue, black and DS Monogrammed design. The original tailgate opening action along with the innovative “3D rear light signature” add more refinement to this posh model.

The French automaker says that the DS3 Cabrio is the only model in its class that can accommodate five people and it also has the largest boot capacity (245 liters). The vehicle is 3.95m long, 1.71m wide and 1.46m high, while the design has been kept in the lines of the regular DS3. Inside it features LED ambient lighting installed on the ceiling console where the roof opening controls are located.

It manages to offer the same interior space as the hatchback and features a 60/40 split-folding rear bench. The tailgate uses a circular motion that allows the owner of the car to fully open the boot even when the vehicle is parked in a tight spot.

The DS3 Cabrio is only 25 kg (55 lbs) heavier than its hatchback counterpart and it takes 16 seconds for the roof to be fully closed. This can be done at speeds of up to 75 mph (120 km/h) and there are three positions to choose from: intermediate, horizontal and total. The passengers sitting in the back still have a clear view overhead when the roof is in horizontal setting.

The Citroen DS3 Cabrio will go on sale at the beginning of next 2013 and it will be manufactured at the company’s Poissy production site in France.

More details are available in the press release below.


Source: Citroen

First images & details released for Citroën DS3 Cabrio. World Premiere at Paris Motor Show 2012
Maintains convenience & performance of DS3 hatchback, with thrills & driving pleasure of a convertible
Class-topping occupant & boot space
Soundproofing comparable to a hatchback when roof closed
Weight increase of 25kg compared to hatchback - just 25% of typical hatchback to convertible weight gain
Soft-top roof available in three designs with further style refinements throughout
Available from early 2013
At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Citroën will unveil the latest advance in the DS line, DS3 Cabrio, a cabriolet version of the multi-award winning DS3 that uses intelligent design to make top-down driving considerably easier and more enjoyable.

Since its launch in 2010, DS3's distinctive style and enhanced personalisation options have won the hearts and minds of both public and press. DS3 has already generated a string of awards, over 180,000 sales worldwide and a line of special editions and new versions including DS3 Racing and DS3 Ultra Prestige.

A striking addition to the DS3 range, DS3 Cabrio features all the hallmarks and thrills of DS3, with bold styling, sophisticated refinement, extensive personalisation and enjoyable handling, combined with the pleasure of al-fresco driving.

Continuing DS3's personalisation options, three soft-top roof styles will be available - black, Infinite blue and a DS Monogrammed design. An innovative 3D rear light signature and original tailgate opening action add to the refinements.

Injecting fresh modernity into the cabriolet segment, DS3 Cabrio offers drivers:

an electrically operated roof up to motorway speeds
the only adult 5-seater in the class
the largest boot in the class

At 3.95m long, 1.71m wide and 1.46 m high, DS3 Cabrio retains the hatchback's compact and agile proportions. All the bold styling choices are retained, from the ‘floating' two-tone roof and dynamic ‘shark fin', to the sculpted front-end with its instantly recognisable LED daytime running light signature.

The soft-top roof becomes a new source of personalisation, available in a range of colours and designs that add to the model's unique personality. DS3 Cabrio owners can specify one of seven body colours with the folding roof available in three designs - black, Infinite blue and DS Monogramme.

The sophisticated Infinite blue soft-top uses three different coloured threads - one of which is shiny - each reacting differently to changes in light conditions and creating delicate hues of blue and violet.

The DS logo, now synonymous with refinement and style, features on the Monogramme roof in a subtle design achieved by two contrasting Jacquard grey tones with Moondust grey.

Inside, DS3 Cabrio is just as distinctive with:

White LED ambient lighting on the ceiling-mounted console, which is home to the roof opening control
White lighting around the instrument cluster and automatic air conditioning displays
A high-end feel and outstanding acoustic comfort from the inner-lining of the soft-top roof
All-new upholstery including Granit blue leather and Akinen weft available in Mistral (dark grey), Chic brown and Infinite blue
Decors on the dashboard strip, air vent surrounds and gear stick knob are also colour-coded to the body paint and soft-top. Six decors are available - grey, Brillant black, white, Carbotech, Infinite blue and Moondust grey.

The rear also features a new three-dimensional LED light signature. The all-new 3D LED tail-light technology was inspired by the designs on Citroën's Revolte and Survolt concept cars. The central part of the light is comprised of a rectangular set of 31 LEDs and semi-reflecting mirrors that reflect the light guide into infinity. The 3D unit illuminates at night when the headlamps are turned on and in daylight during braking. A 15-LED blade on the upper part of the light emphasises the 3D unit and acts as both side and stopping lights.

In an elegant piece of detailing, the 3D light features a chrome-finished DS logo set in an embossed black DS setting. A chrome-finished handle also highlights the top of the tailgate.

The DS3 Cabrio combines the benefits of a classic cabriolet with those of a hatchback:

The roof takes just 16 seconds to fully close, up to speeds of 120km/h (75mph). A button on the ceiling console opens the roof to three positions: intermediate, horizontal and total. Even in the horizontal setting, rear passengers get a completely clear view overhead.
The top quality soft-top material delivers standard-setting soundproofing, comparable to that of a hatchback when closed. When the roof is open, an aerodynamic deflector net springs up to provide optimum acoustic comfort by deflecting air currents and preventing air buffeting.
Occupant space is maintained with five adult seats, plus DS3 Cabrio features the largest boot in its class at 245-litres. Unusually for the segment, DS3 Cabrio offers the same cabin space as the hatchback and even retains the 60/40 split-folding rear bench.
The tailgate features an original opening mechanism, which uses a circular motion allowing owners to fully open the boot even when parked close to obstructions.
Aerodynamics identical to that of the hatchback (SCx of 0.69 m2), which maximises performance and helps to maintain low CO2 emissions. Modifications include adding a longer spoiler and aerodynamic deflectors on the quarter-light surrounds.
With a focus on efficiency and minimising kerb weight, DS3 Cabrio is just 25kg heavier than the hatchback - most convertibles are around 100kg more than their hatchback versions. The same rigidity, strength and agility as the hatchback are retained with identical architecture for the sides and structural reinforcements around the boot. The model's handling remains eager and pleasurable whilst maintaining the same high levels of comfort, control and safety.

DS3 Cabrio, produced at the Poissy production site in France, will be launched early in 2013.

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Comments (6)

Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
That Nav screen will be hard to see (reflection) once the roof is open.
Sep 3rd, 2012 11:57am
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Kid_Voltron Kid_Voltron
you mean "could"
Sep 4th, 2012 10:00am
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I like it, but by 2013 it will be a 5 years old car. Fiat made the Fiat 500 C (convertible) just 2 years after it came out in 2007.
Aug 31st, 2012 10:31pm
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Stiivu Stiivu
Can you see anything out of the back with the roof down?
Aug 31st, 2012 7:45pm
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Kid_Voltron Kid_Voltron
Yes...if it's completely down as in some of the pictures.
Sep 4th, 2012 10:03am
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makaveli makaveli
cant say if i like it or not :/
Aug 31st, 2012 6:37pm
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