Citroen DS3 KLIMS-7

You’ve heard about the Citroen DS4 and DS5 going the CKD route, with lower prices to match, now say hello to the baby Different Spirit model – the Citroen DS3. Previewed at KLIMS13, the Citroen DS3 will be launched here in January 2014, with an estimated price of RM125,000.

The DS3 that we’ll be getting is a 1.6 VTi, which means a 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder with 120 hp and 160 Nm of torque, paired to a four-speed automatic. 0-100 km/h is done in 10.9 seconds while top speed is 190 km/h, so it isn’t exactly a hot hatch. A THP 155 six-speed manual will be more interesting, performance wise – one day, perhaps?

The DS3 1.6 VTi will come very well equipped. 17-inch ‘Bellone Black Diamond’ wheels, cruise control, active headlamps, auto wipers/lights, electric folding heated wing mirrors, leather, LED daytime running lights, auto air con, front/side/curtain airbags and ESP are all standard.

What do you think of this MINI rival?