The facelifted Citroen DS5 has been seen running around wearing camouflage for a while now, but Chinese website auto.sohu.com has managed to snag a front shot of the refreshed luxe MPV completely undisguised, baring its new face.

From what we can see, the only significant change comes in the form of a larger trapezoidal grille with chrome surrounds, bringing it in line with newer DS models like the DS 5LS and DS 6 crossover (which appears to have dropped the WR moniker on its way to showrooms). In our eyes, the new schnoz looks a little like an afterthought, particularly as it does not extend into the headlights like on the other models.

Everything else, however, appears to be left alone, including the headlights, the lower air intakes and the fog light surrounds. The prototypes spotted on test was not carrying disguise apart from the on the front of the car, so we’re not expecting any changes to the rest of the car, either.


One important change, however, is the removal of all Citroen badging on the car (apart from the large double chevrons in front, there is also a small “Citroen” badge on the rear of the current car as well). The company is clearly pushing hard for DS to become a standalone luxury brand – indeed, it has already become just that in China, carrying its own dealers and marketing material (the latter having no mention of Citroen at all).

The revised car is expected to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next March, although some reports state that it may appear as early as next month at the Guangzhou Motor Show. So, will we be calling it as simply the DS 5 in the near future?