Citroen DS4 and Crossback concepts revealed

Citroen has updated the DS4 premium family hatchback, with the range now splitting into two distinct versions.

Known as the DS4 and DS4 Crossback, the former offers a typically French take on a luxury hatchback, while the latter adds SUV styling cues. The Crossback is officially a concept currently, but is almost certain to reach production largely unchanged.

Both models get a new grille inspired by the latest DS5, while the Crossback features SUV-inspired touches like additional black plastic trim and grey roof bars. The Crosssback’s ride height has increased by 30mm to differentiate it from the standard model.

In a return to some of the weirdness found on Citroens of old, the DS4 Crossback can be specified with stone trim (yes, really) on sections of the alloy wheels, roof bars, front end and door mirrors. Stone bits notwithstanding, the detailing of the blade-like alloy wheels is wonderfully intricate, while the all-new LED headlights look similarly expensive in their appearance.

Buyers have plenty of scope for customising either version of the latest DS4. The roof, rear spoiler, door mirrors and alloy wheel centre caps can be finished in one of four contrasting shades to the rest of the body, giving a total of 38 exterior colour combinations.

The interior is said to be similarly customisable, and soft leather covers not only the seats, but the top of the dash and door panels, too. Available as an option, the “watch strap” leather features a weave-like surface applied to the centre of the seat base and backs.

The DS 4 now features Apple CarPlay for the first time. It allows the DS4’s infotainment system to mirror the display shown on an iPhone to benefit from all of its main functions. This system comes as part of the DS Connect Box, which also includes eco driving tips and a tracking system which informs the police in the event of a theft. A similar level of functionality for Android devices is also available.

The engine lineup hasn’t yet been confirmed for the latest DS4, though Citroen says the top model will now produce 210hp – up 13 on the most potent current model. Expect the current ultra-frugal 1.6-litre diesel to appear in some form, with a 2.0-litre diesel available for a little more oomph.

Prices have yet to be made official, but we expect the DS4 to start from around £20,000, with the DS4 Crossback priced a little higher.

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