DS Automobiles have just launched the new DS3 range for 2016, which features the DS3 and DS3 Cabrio. However, these cars have many hidden features, and the last version of the car was extremely popular. In fact, more DS3 and DS3 Cabrio models were sold in the UK last year than the rest of the world. So we are here to see if this car has the potential to be a big as a hit as the last.
1. Special Editions
DS have just released the news that 3 special editions will be offered for the new DS3. These are the Ultra Prestige, Performance and the Performance Black. The Performance Black will be the top of the range DS3 offered, which will include matte black paint with gold highlights. These special editions will be powered by a 208bhp petrol engine, creating 300Nm of torque. In terms of pricing, the Performance will be £20,495 and the Cabrio version will be £22,795. The range-topping Performance Black will be £22,495 and the Cabrio version will be £24,795.
2. “DS Wings”
The DS3 was the first DS to feature the “DS LED Vision” light signature. Now it also has the brand new pair of “DS Wings” sculpted to the grille, and are hard to miss with them being finished in chrome. As DS put it, “The DS3’s compact and dynamic body style, enhanced by chrome-finished signatures, makes it a unique, expressive and appealing car.”
3. Mirror Screen
The new DS3 will come equipped with Mirror screen technology which allows both Apple and Android phone users to control a number of the features from their phones wirelessly. As DS put it, the Mirror screen allows “drivers a smarter, safer and more enjoyable way of experiencing all the personalised features of their smartphones.” Some of the features that drivers can use are the ability to make calls, consult maps, listen to music and check their messages. The DS3 drivers can also download a “MyDS” app on their phones, which is a free app that can inform them of their servicing schedule, fuel economy and parking location.
4. DS Connect Box
The new DS3 will come with a new DS connect box which comes with a number of features, for example a system that can call emergency contacts, a virtual maintenance manual, a vehicle localisation system and a system that can show the location of the car in the event of theft.
5. Active City Brake
The new DS3 will come standard with an Active City Brake system which is said to “help prevent minor collisions at low speeds.” A sensor is placed at the top of the windscreen, which can detect obstacles such as a stationary vehicle. At speeds of up to 18mph it can brake automatically to help prevent an accident. The automatic braking can even bring the vehicle to a complete stop, where the car is then held in a stationary position for around 1.5 seconds, giving the driver time to take back control.