We showed you the Hyundai Veloster Turbo and some CKD Volkswagens yesterday; now here’s another new model that’s launching soon – the Citroen DS3. Conceived as a rival to BMW’s MINI, the smallest Different Spirit model has been snapped at Citroen’s Glenmarie showroom, wearing various colour combos.

The Citroen DS3 was previewed at KLIMS13, and it was said then that the three-door hatch will be launched in January 2014, with an estimated price of RM125,000.

The DS3 that Malaysia will 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. No turbo, no manual, for now at least.

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.

Like the idea of a funky French hatch? The DS3 will face some in-house competition in the form of the Peugeot 208 1.6 VTi (same engine, RM95,888) and Peugeot 208 GTi (200 hp, RM139,888), both available from Nasim in three-door hatchback guise. Spoilt for choice, you are.

Citroen DS3 at KLIMS13