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Citroen reveals the DS3 Cabrio

Open air fun for the stylish French supermini...

Citroen has unveiled the new DS3 Cabrio before the public debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month. The DS3 doesn’t use a conventional convertible roof style where the whole roof folds away as with the Mini, but rather like the Fiat 500 the car uses a ‘Landaulet’ style roof. This is where the side pillars above the windows remain, and the roof panel is fabric and retracts to sit atop the boot lid.

This waty the car loses none of its rigidity, headroom or boot space yet those inside the car still feel like they’re in an open air vehicle. The roof will be available with a choice of three styles: Infinite blue, black and DS Monogrammed design.

Citroen 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 at 245 litres. 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 original tailgate opening action along with the innovative “3D Deep Infinity” rear light clusters are new for the Cabrio, though the lights will be rolled out across the hatchback range as well.

The DS3 Cabrio is only 25 kg 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 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 prices will be announced at the Paris Show.

Images and video courtesy of Citroen

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more