Citroen has released first details of the new DS4, the second model in the French brand's upscale DS line.
The DS4 is based on the C4 compact hatchback, but is taller than the C4 as well as slightly shorter and marginally wider.
Despite being taller than the C4, the DS4 does not look like a tall crossover. Its exterior styling is sleeker than the C4 and the five-door car has coupe-style features such as the rear door handles hidden in the C-pillar.
To create a quieter cabin, the DS4 has door-sealing similar to German premium cars and extra noise insulation material in the engine bay, Citroen said.
To attract affluent buyers, the DS4 will offer with a high level of customization, with five combinations of leather and different two-tone interiors, as well as four melodies to personalize the horn sound and two colors for the instrument panel.
Citroen said the DS4's high-seating position, as well as the panoramic windshield, offer exceptional visibility.
The car will have an emergency call system with a built-in SIM card that calls for assistance automatically after an accident or other emergency.
The DS4 will be launched with three gasoline and two diesel engine choices. The 1.6-liter gasoline engine was co-developed with BMW AG and will be available as a 120-hp normally aspirated version or in 155-hp and 200-hp turbocharged configurations. A 1.6-liter turbodiesel will be offered with 160-hp or 110-hp.
The DS4 will debut at the Paris auto show on September 30, along with the latest-generation C4.
The new C4 will go on sale by the year end while the DS4 will arrive in showrooms in the second quarter of 2011.
The DS name is short for Distinctive Series and harks back to Citroen's first DS, which launched in 1955 and became a 20th century automotive icon.
Citroen launched its first DS car, the C3-based, three-door DS3, in March. The DS3 was partly inspired to BMW's Mini in terms of product personalization.
Citroen sold 26,376 units of the DS3 in the first seven months, according to the latest sales data from the JATO Dynamics market research company. In the same period, C3 sales increased 51.8 percent to 149,529.
A third DS model, which reports say will be a crossover based on the next C5 mid-sized car, is due in 2012.