Paris 2010: Citroen DS4

- Citroen's second new DS model is a crossover - It's based on the C4 hatchback, but the DS4 is classier inside and out - Five engines will be available including an eco-friendly e-HDi version

After the success of the funky DS3, Citroen has pulled the wraps off the next model in the DS range - the DS4.

Though it's based on the equally new C4 hatchback, the DS4 is actually a pumped-up crossover so it will take on heavyweights like the Nissan Qashqai when it goes on sale next year.

What's all the fuss about?

This is Citroen's first attempt at a crossover, so it's big news. Aside from the raised ride height and striking looks on the outside, the DS4 will differ from the C4 with its classier interior.

We're promised plenty of standard equipment and a plush cabin, featuring 'Bracelet' leather on the seats, dashboard and door tops, which is normally reserved for premium cars.

Anything that stands out?

The rear door handles will be similar to an Alfa Romeo saloon's in that they're hidden and make the car look like a sporty three-door model.

There will be five engines: three petrol options with 118-, 153- and 197bhp (the latter two will be turbocharged), along with two HDi turbodiesels with 109- or 158bhp.

The 109bhp model will also be available as an e-HDi model with eco-friendly features like stop-start and regenerative brakes.

Estimated release date: Some time next year

Estimated cost: Sub-£20,000 for an entry-level version

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