Citroën is supposed to unveil the new DS 5LS luxury sedan today, but the first seemingly official photos have already leaked on the web.
Following the teaser from a week ago that only let us see the design of the alloy wheel, now we can admire the luxury sedan that will be the first DS model sold under the DS badge – the car features no Citroën logos or hints, except for small Citroën lettering at the rear.
We learn that "LS" comes from Luxury Sedan and the "5" from the five themes of the car: "inspiration, dynamism, quality, vanguardism and healthy life".
Based on the same platform as the DS4/DS5 and the C4, the DS LS5 is 4,720mm (186in) long, which makes it 190mm (7.5in) longer than the DS5 and 60mm (2.3in) shorter than the Citroen C5. It’s 1,840mm (72.4in) wide and retains the wheelbase of the C4 – 2,720mm (107in).
The 5LS features design cues from the DS Wild Rubis crossover concept, especially the grille and the headlights. The interior takes inspiration from the DS4. The only engine mentioned is a 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline unit with 200 hp. The car will launch at the end of March 2014 in China and will be built in Shenzhen.
Stay tuned for official details as Citroën will officially unveil the car later today at the Musee du Louvre in Paris.
By Dan Mihalascu