Citroen DS3 soft-top revealed

 Citroen DS3 Cabrio


Citroen has revealed the first images of its DS3 Cabrio, the latest addition to the manufacturer's sporty DS3 range. 

Like its rival the Fiat 500C, the electric soft-top works more like a panoramic sunroof than a genuine drop-top such as the Mini Convertible, with only the actual roof part of the car retracting. This helps the roof to be operable while travelling at up to 74mph. 

The roof can be set to one of three positions, retracting only part-way or completely, depending on how much of the sky you want to see. 

At 3.95m long and 1.71m wide, the Cabrio is the same size as the hatchback and provides the same cabin space, with room for five, while boot space is 245 litres, which is at least enough for a few supermarket bags. Among the DS3's innovations is the boot door, which opens with a circular motion so that the boot can be accessed even when the car is parked in awkward spaces. 

Another difference from the hatchback is the tail light design, which uses LEDs and mirrors to give a three-dimensional appearance. 

Despite the addition of the electric roof mechanism, the Cabrio weighs just 25kg more than the hatchback, which has helped keep emissions down to just 99g/km. 

In line with the Fiat and Mini, the DS3 Cabrio can be personalised with a choice of seven exterior colours with co-ordinating air vents, gearstick and other trim details inside the car. There's also a choice of colours for the door mirrors and wheels, while the interior fabric comes in white, blue, grey or black.  Even the roof can be specified in black, blue or a retro-look DS logo design. 

Prices and further details will be announced at the Paris motor show later this month, with first deliveries early next year.