Citroen DS 5LS R Set to be Unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show This Month
|   Sunday, April 13, 2014
Citroen has confirmed unveiling their DS 5LS R Concept at the Beijing Motor Show, to be held during end April 2014. This vehicle is based on their current generation DS 5LS flagship sedan, which has been sold in China for the past one year and has been a benchmark of sorts, in these parts. The R is a performance edition based on these vehicles combined.

Quite a few exterior developments have been made to this vehicle, to give it a buffed up appeal.
Use of carbon fiber is rampant, while muscular body structures are in place. Standard 20 inch sports alloyed rims are in place, followed closely by a metallic anodized paint form, which enhances exterior appeal. Citroen's DS wing grille has also been added to this design, which gives it an enhanced feel.

Suspension has been lowered by 15 mm, which in turn enhances cornering ability and stability at high speeds. The DS 5LS R is poised and elegant and draws power from a turbocharged 1.6 liter petrol engine displacing 300 BHP along with 221 ft lb of torque. The powertrain is mated to a paddle shift sequential transmission system, which Citroen say has been lifted off their World Rally Championship.

This vehicle is one of the latest in range, while certain specific characteristics have been lifted off their current generation DS4 Racing and DS3 Cabrio Racing editions. The interior has been specifically designed with updated upholstery and carbon fiber fitted kits. New steering wheel design, door panels and handle bars are also in place. These lend an upgraded and sophisticated feel to the internals of this car.

The DS 5LS R will be the second vehicle manufactured by Citroen, to be available in China and we expect it to be widely acclaimed like its predecessor. The DS brand is a separate entity manufactured by Citroen for specialized markets, which is China in this situation. Citroen is also trying to capture a part of the Western markets, although China remains top priority at this moment. An SUV is also under development and we expect final reviews quite soon.

Citroen has promised a Wild Rubis Concept later this year and this could be their new SUV concept, although we are currently unaware of confirmed reports. A DS based luxury sedan is under development too, which is part of Citroen's latest series of vehicles to be unveiled. The company has currently setup a target of selling 200,000 units per year fall 2015 and we should be able to witness a fraction of these amounts this year.

Certain modifications are likely on its performance edition vehicles, especially for the Chinese market. These specialized features were much appreciated on their base model which is currently being sold. Citroen is slowly evolving into a major player in the world economy and we have quite a bit of expectations from them. Stay tuned as we return with more news, details and updates regarding the DS 5LS R. Drive test reviews are also round the corner.
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