The tin snail is back! Citroen is planning to evoke memories of its legendary 2CV with an all-new model. And thanks to our French sister magazine, Auto Plus, we have details and exclusive images of the car. Dubbed the DS2, the compact hatch will be the entry point to the firm’s new DS range when it arrives in 2012.
Its styling is based on that of the Revolte concept seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September, but toned down for the showroom. This means it gets a more conventional double-chevron grille, larger headlights and a narrower track. But the rear-hinged doors remain – they open like the MINI Clubman’s driver’s side passenger door.
The bonnet creases, arching roofline and flat back end take cues from the 2CV – the original people’s car. The focus of the new DS family is to provide more luxurious, image-conscious alternatives to the established models in each class.
But in order for the DS2 to succeed, it will need to offer affordable indulgence. So, to keep development costs low, its platform and engine range will be borrowed from the new C3 – on sale in February.
There will be a range of fuel-efficient three-cylinder petrol motors, which will debut on the C3 when it gets a mid-life update in 2011. The only diesel option will be the existing 70bhp 1.4 HDi.
Other DS models include the MINI-rivalling DS3, due out next year, and the C4 and C5-based DS4 and DS5. These are slated to arrive in 2011.