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Extra power, new transmission for Citroen DS4

Price of performance: The new 120kW Citroen DS4 might zip to 100km/h more quickly than the 115kW variant, but it slurps fuel 18.5 per cent faster too.

Citroen’s DS4 gains new 120kW variant with torque-converter automatic

4 Oct 2012

CITROEN has added a new base variant to the premium DS4 crossover line-up in Australia, with a small power boost and a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

The DS4 DStyle THP 120kW automatic will be identically priced to – and sold alongside – the existing $35,990 (plus on-road costs) entry-level DStyle THP 115kW, which uses a six-speed robotised manual gearbox.

A new cog-swapping mechanism, combined with an additional 5kW of power – developed at the same 6000rpm as the 115kW variant while matching its 240Nm of torque from 1400rpm – reduces 0-100km/h acceleration time from 9.9 seconds to 8.6s.

However, there is a fuel efficiency penalty as the 120kW version consumes 7.7 litres of petrol per 100 kilometres, representing a considerable 18.5 per cent increase in thirst over the 115kW car’s 6.5L/100km.

With the exception of smaller 17-inch wheels on the 120kW DS4 – compared with the 115kW version’s 18-inch items – equipment levels are otherwise matched across the two variants.

That means automatic dual-zone air-conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter and memory settings, heater leather sports seats, a self-dimming interior mirror, a multi-function leather steering wheel, rear parking sensors, aluminium drilled pedals and rear privacy glass.

Rated a maximum five stars for safety by Euro NCAP, the DS4 comes with six airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and emergency brake assist and blind-spot monitoring.

Australian DS4 importer Ateco Automotive expects the new 120kW DS4 to become the most popular variant – but popular is a relative notion considering just 55 units have been registered here since its launch on March 1.

The other, more expensive DS4 variants will continue to be offered, including the 82kW/270Nm turbo-diesel DStyle at $36,990, which uses the robotised manual transmission and comes with idle-stop and regenerative braking to help it sip just 4.4L/100km.

Topping the range is the hot manual-only 147kW/275Nm DSport that can hit 100km/h in 7.9 seconds and is the most frugal petrol DS4 at 6.4L/100km.

Overall Citroen sales are up 20 per cent year to date at 1319 units, the C4 small hatch being the volume leader with 439 units – up 53 per cent – while the DS3 premium light car is registering growth of 39.7 per cent with 176 units.

Citroen DS4 pricing*
DS4 DStyle 120kW 1.6 Turbo Petrol (a)$35,990
DS4 DStyle 115kW 1.6 Turbo Petrol (a)$35,990
DS4 DStyle 82kW 1.6 e-HDI Turbo Diesel (a)$36,990
DS4 DSport 147kW 1.6 Turbo Petrol$39,990
*Plus on-road costs

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