By: Jason Woosey
Paris - The Citroen DS brand's boutique hatch has been given its first major makeover since it first saw light of day in 2010.
Described by its maker as a “hip and stylish Parisian supermini” the DS3 hatch and cabrio models have been perked up with a redesigned face, modernised cabin tech and, most importantly, some enticing new engines.
Topping the pile is a new Performance model fitted with a 153kW, 300Nm version of PSA's familiar 1.6-litre THP turbopetrol engine and sporting 15mm-lower suspension. It's mated to a close-ratio six speed manual gearbox and to keep that power in check, the hottest DS3 is fitted with a Torsen limited slip differential.
Also joining the European line-up is the 96kW, 230Nm PureTech 130 three-cylinder turbopetrol motor, likewise mated to a six-speed manual, while its detuned sister, the 81kW PureTech 110, can be had with the brand new EAT6 automatic transmission.