Citroen has unveiled the third model in its DS line in Shanghai, and this one is pretty much targeted at the executive segment. The DS5, as it’s called, is based on the C-SportLounge concept, and completes the intended Different Spirit range, the other two being the DS4 and DS3 hatch..

It’s the first model from the brand to feature HYbrid4 diesel hybrid technology, and in this case there’s 200 hp on tap in the four-wheel drive vehicle, which is encapsulated in a 4.52m long and 1.85m wide body.

You get five real seats, four doors and all the access and modularity of a hatchback, as well as a driving position worthy of a Gran Turismo coupe, so says Citroen. There’s good cargo space too, with up to 465 litres to be had in this one.

External design elements include an oversized air intake, a large chrome-finished grille that houses the chevrons, a new LED light signature and chrome-finished ‘sabre’ inserts that stretch from the top of each headlamp to the windscreen.

At the back, key strokes of a very meaty tail include twin tailpipes built into the rear bumper and a rear signature featuring six light guides. A sizeable range of alloy wheels, from 16- to 19-inchers, adds to the flourish.

Inside, the driver-focused cockpit features a coupe-like driving position with a near-vertical steering wheel and a wide central console. Plenty in the way of switchgear too – an array of buttons, switches, scroll wheels and toggles are grouped on two central consoles, one low down and one above the driver’s head, aircraft-style.

There’s also push-start ignition, a colour Head-Up Display and lots of premium materials and design cues on call, from fine-grain Club leather to the watchstrap-pattern seat upholstery.

For its Shanghai debut, the DS5 on show appears in a one-off livery known as the Citroen DS5 White Pearl, wearing 20-inch alloys. The cabin on this one features ebony-coloured full-grain leather contrasted with silver-flecked overstitching, and interior detailing includes decorative inserts in Markassa ebony and a highly reflective, multi-layered lacquer fascia.