Nonetheless, the concept is the shape of things to come. The DS Inside is based on the smallest of the DS concepts, the DS3, due for launch early next year. The design team was headed up by British designer Mark Lloyd. There is something of the Mini about its appearance, emphasized by the two-tone color scheme featuring a vivid pink roof and matching door mirrors.
The production DS will not replace an existing model but is part of the company’s new “Créative Technologie” philosophy, which is destined to produce a new Citroën model every six months for the next three years. Citroën promises two further DS models, code-named DS4 and DS5, to follow.
Besides the DS Inside, Citroën also announced a Euro 5 compliant 150-PS (110-kW) diesel engine, which will be available in the C4 Picasso compact MPV range from May 2009. A diesel particulate filter will be standard equipment. The engine will drive through a six-speed automated transmission with quoted carbon dioxide emissions of 152 g/km.