A cabriolet version of the Citroen DS3 has been confirmed for next month’s Paris Motor Show. But in a surprise move, it won’t use a conventional electric folding cloth top. Instead it will have a roll-back fabric roof, similar to the one fitted to the Fiat 500C.
Last month, our spies caught a number of DS3 Cabriolets loaded on a car transporter. Based on this picture and inside information from Citroen, our exclusive image shows how the production car will look.
The roof mechanism will concertina back and sit above the tailgate, leaving the supermini’s roof bars in place. This means that the windows will remain in place – although there will be a new rear one – plus its main body structure won’t have to be heavily modified. As a result, the DS3 shouldn’t suffer from the usual weight gain of a cabriolet, and it promises to be cheaper to build and more affordable to buy.
The 17-inch alloys and twin exhausts in the spy picture indicate that the cabriolet will be offered in DS3 Sport trim, using a 148bhp 1.6-litre turbo engine. A more efficient version, using the existing 108bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine, is also set be offered.
The DS3 Cabriolet is due to hit showrooms next year. Pricing is expected to be around £2,000 above the equivalent hatch, meaning a starting point of around £17,000 for a 1.6 DStyle.