Citroen has released the first pictures of its new DS4, the second in a planned range of DS-badged cars, ahead of its launch at the Paris motor show.
The DS4 is based on the new C4, which will also be on display at the French motor show, and continues the upmarket design theme that began with the DS3.
The new car certainly looks very different to the C4 with a squat stance, short rear overhang and sloping roof giving the car a distinctive look. The hidden rear door handles are another sporty touch in the vein of Alfa Romeo, but the car will still seat five people.
Citroen claims the DS4 will have a competitive boot capacity of 340 litres and will be launched with five engines, including a 198bhp 1.6-litre engine at the top of the range that will emit just 149g/km of CO2 and an e-HDi micro-hybrid diesel engine which features stop-start technology and an alternator that recovers energy under braking.
Citroen says it has put a lot of effort into making the DS4 a driver's car, but the upright position and panoramic windscreen will provide a good view of the road for careful drivers.
The interior should certainly appeal to the driver, with full audio connectivity, a refrigerated centre console and massage seats available. The DS4 has also been fitted with a laminated windscreen and extra sound-absorbing material to make the cabin quieter.
The DS4 will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show and is expected go on sale in the UK in late-2011.