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As hinted at by Naza Automotive Manufacturing COO Roslan Abdul Ghani and a Citroen sales advisor, it looks like the Citroen DS3 hatchback will indeed be launched in Malaysia before the year’s end, quite possibly at this week’s KLIMS13 show. Reader Warren Lee sent us this photo of a wrapped-up DS3 on a transporter, serving as proof that the baby DS, or at least one of it, is already on local shores.

The sole picture shows a black DS3 with contrasting white roof, fitted with large 17-inch ‘Bellone’ alloy wheels. There’s only one exhaust pipe, though, so no, it’s not the hot-ish THP 155 version. It’s likely to be a DS3 VTi 120, powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.6 litre engine with 120 hp and 160 Nm of torque – the same motor you’ll find in a standard Peugeot 208 VTi.

It can get to 100 km/h in just under 10 seconds if matched to a five-speed manual gearbox, or a full second later with the optional four-speed auto. It’s yet unknown which one we will get. Either way, the DS3’s local introduction will complete Naza Euro Motor’s DS range in Malaysia, which currently fields the DS4 (in THP 163 auto and THP 200 manual forms) and DS5 THP 156.

The DS3 was also sighted by reader ApexKit at JPJ Putrajaya. The DS3 there is completely covered up by a protective cover, but the sides expose the alloy wheel design which reveal the car to be a DS3.