Citroen DS3 Cabriolet

27 Sep, 2012 9:30am Tom Phillips

The new Citroen DS3 Cabriolet has made its world debut at the Paris Motor Show

This is the new Citroen DS3 Cabrio, which has made its debut at the Paris Motor Show before going on sale in the UK early next year.

The new soft-top uses a canvas roof that whirs back electronically at the touch of a button. With the roof lowered, the glass rear window folds onto the parcel shelf with the canvas stacked above it, just like on the Fiat 500 convertible. This affects rear visibility, but the boot stays easily accessible with the roof down.

The roof pillars stay in place, however – a simple design that means the Cabrio weighs only 25kg more than the hatch.

The roof takes 16 seconds to operate, and can be opened or closed even at motorway speeds. Buyers can choose a standard black canvas roof, a two-tone grey roof with DS3 logos or an Infiniti Blue finish that appears to flip between violet and blue.

There’s 40 litres less boot space than in the hatch, at 245 litres, but a clever bootlid opens upwards instead of outwards, allowing it to be used in tight spaces. There’s also a new LED tail-light design inspired by the Survolte and Revolte concepts.

Prices for the soft-top DS3 have yet to be confirmed, but it’s expected to cost around £2,000 more than the equivalent hatch.