Citroen DS3

Naza Automotive Manufacturing COO Roslan Abdul Ghani has told Bernama that the Citroen DS3 will be brought into Malaysia before the end of the year.

Having been introduced globally in 2010 as the first model from the quirky French carmaker’s upscale Different Spirit (DS) brand, the B-segment hatch is far from a new car. But you know what they say about the relationship between late and never, especially when we’re talking about a looker like this.

Globally, the Citroen DS3 is available with a range of petrol and diesel engines, including 1.6 VTi 120, 1.6 THP 150, HDi as well as greener e-HDi units. Gearboxes on the menu are a four-speed auto, a five-speed manual and a six-speed manual.

Citroen DS3

The hot one, the Citroen DS3 Racing (limited to 1,000 units), has 207 PS and 275 Nm of torque at its disposal, besides packing steering, suspension, brake and ESP upgrades. This one gets to 100 km/h from rest in 6.5 seconds and tops out at 235 km/h.

A Cabrio version debuted in Paris last year, and the Cabrio Racing concept at the recently-concluded Goodwood Festival of Speed. Which DS3 variant will we get? Too early to say, and your guess is as good as ours. But as always, you’ll know when we do.

Since its appointment as the official Citroen distributor in Malaysia back in January, Naza Euro Motors has introduced the DS4 (in THP 163 auto and THP 200 manual forms), DS5 THP 156 and C5 THP 156 (albeit in rather limited numbers), as well as opened a brand new 3S centre in Glenmarie.