Citroën teases its latest saloon for China, which will be revealed in full before the end of the month
Darren Moss
13 December 2013

The Citroën DS 5LS, a new premium saloon for China, has been previewed ahead of its official reveal.

A single photo of the car appeared on Citroën's Facebook page accompanied by the caption: "On 19 December a new DS premium-class sedan will be revealed: DS 5LS. Save the date."

The DS 5LS is a new saloon destined for the Chinese market. It is likely to be based on the DS4 hatchback.

Although China is the only market where the DS brand is marketed seperately from Citroën, the DS 5LS could be sold in markets including Europe, should it be well received.

The saloon is one of three DS models Citroën is planning for the Chinese market. Along with the DS 5LS, it also plans to introduce a large SUV inspired by the DS Wild Rubis concept and a larger saloon that takes inpiration from both the 2010 Citroën Metropolis concept and the Numero 9 concept from 2012.

China has overtaken France as Citroën's largest market, something which has been partly down to the introduction of locally built DS models. 

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13 December 2013
[quote=Autocar] China has overtaken France as Citroën's largest market [/quote] Wow! This surprises me but it's good news for PSA. My DS3 is a cracking little car, some folk just need to see around the 'it's French it falls to bits' Clarkson bullshit.


13 December 2013
[quote=bomb][quote=Autocar] China has overtaken France as Citroën's largest market [/quote] Wow! This surprises me but it's good news for PSA. My DS3 is a cracking little car, some folk just need to see around the 'it's French it falls to bits' Clarkson bullshit.[/quote] Usually Audi owners who are too blinkered to pay heed to disastrous reliability survey ratings. Had a couple of ZXs and a Xantia, great cars. The ZX was the car that really kickstarted Citroen in China - they even had a saloon version. Would like to see the DS5LS in the UK, possibly as a replacement for the C5. However big French saloons don't sell, so like the C-Elysée we will never see it.

13 December 2013
Citroën car design seems to be making an impression on Chinese automotive consumers. The DS5 actually won China's 'Car of the Year' Design Award just a few weeks ago, coming ahead of both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz vehicles in that category.

13 December 2013
From the pic the saloon rear end of this new model looks great!

13 December 2013
How the hell can you tell that from a picture of the wheel

 

13 December 2013
i just has a search on google images and a few more came up. not a lot more though!

MrJ

13 December 2013
Hope it's less lumpen than the DS5 I tried back in the Spring.

13 December 2013
The thawing of relations with Iran will help them too. PSA & Renault both sold a lot of cars there before the sanctions. And it is a market with a lot of potential (and a lot of Hilman Hunters.) Some how that sounds like ryhming slang in the 21st century.

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