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DS 3 Cabrio (2013–)

Last updated 20 August 2018

Model History

August 2012
Citroen reveals DS3 Cabriolet

Continuing DS3’s personalisation options, three soft-top roof styles will be available - black, Infinite blue and a DS Monogrammed design. An innovative 3D rear light signature and original tailgate opening action add to the refinements.

At 3.95m long, 1.71m wide and 1.46 m high, DS3 Cabrio retains the hatchback’s compact and agile proportions. All the bold styling choices are retained, from the ‘floating’ two-tone roof and dynamic ‘shark fin’, to the sculpted front-end with its instantly recognisable LED daytime running light signature.

The soft-top roof becomes a new source of personalisation, available in a range of colours and designs that add to the model’s unique personality. DS3 Cabrio owners can specify one of seven body colours with the folding roof available in three designs - black, Infinite blue and DS Monogramme.

The sophisticated Infinite blue soft-top uses three different coloured threads - one of which is shiny - each reacting differently to changes in light conditions and creating delicate hues of blue and violet.

Inside, DS3 Cabrio is just as distinctive with white LED ambient lighting on the ceiling-mounted console, which is home to the roof opening control plus white lighting around the instrument cluster and automatic air conditioning displays.

Decors on the dashboard strip, air vent surrounds and gear stick knob are also colour-coded to the body paint and soft-top. Six decors are available - grey, Brillant black, white, Carbotech, Infinite blue and Moondust grey.

The rear also features a new three-dimensional LED light signature. The all-new 3D LED tail-light technology was inspired by the designs on Citroën’s Revolte and Survolt concept cars. The central part of the light is comprised of a rectangular set of 31 LEDs and semi-reflecting mirrors that reflect the light guide into infinity. The 3D unit illuminates at night when the headlamps are turned on and in daylight during braking. A 15-LED blade on the upper part of the light emphasises the 3D unit and acts as both side and stopping lights.

In an elegant piece of detailing, the 3D light features a chrome-finished DS logo set in an embossed black DS setting. A chrome-finished handle also highlights the top of the tailgate.

With a focus on efficiency and minimising kerb weight, DS3 Cabrio is just 25kg heavier than the hatchback - most convertibles are around 100kg more than their hatchback versions. The same rigidity, strength and agility as the hatchback are retained with identical architecture for the sides and structural reinforcements around the boot. The model’s handling remains eager and pleasurable whilst maintaining the same high levels of comfort, control and safety.

March 2014
Citroen DS3 Racing Cabrio launched

Limited production run of just 100 examples worldwide means that just 10 right hand drive models will come to the UK priced at £29,305.

Building on their acclaimed work with DS3 WRC and DS3 Racing, Citroen Racing has developed the refined DS3 Cabrio to create a limited edition that combines sporting performance, dynamic styling and the pleasure of top-down driving.

Under the bonnet, DS3 Cabrio Racing’s 207hp four-cylinder 1.6-litre THP engine – the same as in DS3 Racing – delivers 30% more power and 15% more torque than the standard THP 155 unit on which it is based. 0-62mph is achieved in just 6.5 seconds and, where it is safe and legal, the model has a top speed of 145mph.

Further Citroen Racing modifications include:

  • Re-mapping of the engine control unit (ECU)
  • Modified sports exhaust system & sports silencer
  • Modified turbo system with integrated carbon-trimmed components & specialist motor sports equipment
  • High-performance suspension with adapted front & rear shock absorbers (to handle the increased power)
  • Widening of the front & rear tracks by 30mm - plus lowering the car by 15mm
  • Revised steering mapping & a modified steering control system
  • Up-rated braking system, including 4-piston racing callipers at the front
  • Switchable Electronic Stability Control programme (S.ESC) to complement the sports handling, which can be deactivated according to the driver’s preference.

Striking to look at, DS3 Cabrio Racing sets itself apart with sports detailing and a dynamic colour scheme, offset by hints of carbon fibre – synonymous with motor racing and performance. The Moondark Matte Grey body colour, Black fabric roof and 18-inch Brilliant Black ‘Nemesis’ sports alloy wheels – complemented by Brilliant Red DS logo centre caps and red painted brake callipers – underline the performance styling. There is even a Brilliant Red vertical stripe down each of the doors.

The colour scheme continues inside the cabin with Alcantara® trimmed and embossed Citroën Racing seats with Brilliant Red stitching and headrest inserts. The Moondark Grey dashboard also features a Brilliant Red vertical stripe. A numbered plaque, positioned in front of the gear lever, highlight’s the model’s limited edition status.

DS3 Cabrio Racing is based on the top level specification DSport trim, which includes LED daytime running lights, automatic digital air conditioning and rear parking sensors. The model also features the eMyWay Signature pack, which includes an RDS stereo radio/MP3 compatible CD player with steering mounted controls as well as a Bluetooth system with USB socket and eight speaker HiFi system.

May 2014
DS3 Cabrio updated with revised engines

Two new Euro 6 diesel engines will become available - the BlueHDi 120 and BlueHDi 100. Both engines will offer more power and lower emissions. Thanks to the use of leading-edge technology, including SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction), NOx emissions are cut by 90 per cent, while CO2 emissions are cut by up to 4 per cent.

The BlueHDi 100 produces just 79g/km of CO2 while the BlueHDi 120 emits 94g/km of CO2. As well as reducing emissions and delivering greater levels of performance, both engines improve fuel efficiency, boasting figures of up to 94mpg for the BlueHDi 100 and up to 78mpg for the BlueHDi 120 version.

A new petrol engine also becomes available in some markets (to be confirmed for the UK) in the form of a Euro 6-compliant PureTech e-VTi 82 ETG. Delivering 69mpg over a combined cycle and producing just 95g/km of CO2, this engine is available with the automated manual ETG (Efficient Tronic Gearbox). The 5-speed ‘box features a creep function and optimised software mapping, which adjusts power delivery for smoother starts and a better driving experience.

All DS3 Cabrio DSport versions from July production will feature state-of-the-art headlights that combine LED and xenon modules with new sequential indicators, the new headlights represent a world first for the brand. Colour options have also been enhanced, with the addition of Pearl White as a body colour on the DS 3 Cabrio along with Belle-Ile Blue.

Selected versions will be available in the UK (from July production) with ‘Active City Brake’. This is an automatic braking system that helps to prevent low-speed collisions. This is achieved thanks to a short-range radar, mounted at the top of the windscreen, which identifies slow moving or stationary vehicles on the road ahead. If the vehicle is driving at speeds lower than 20mph, the sensor activates the brakes to avoid a potential collision.

December 2014
1.6 THP 165 engine launched

Other new engines include the 1.2 3-cylinder Puretech with outputs of 82PS, 110PS and 130PS, and diesels with 70, 90, 100 and 120PS.

DS Cabrio 3 165 Prices:

Dsire Cabrio £20,025

DSport Cabrio £21,225

September 2016
DS3 Cabrio Performance Line launched

Each body style is available in two-tone black combined with a specific palette of body colours of Shark Grey, Polar White, Arctic Steel, Perla Nera Black, Pearl White, Sport Yellow or Ruby Red. All have new large gloss black wheels featuring the DS logo set against a Carmine background in the centre.

Engines are 1.2 PureTech 110 S&S manual or EAT6, 1.2 PureTech 130 S&S 6-speed manual, 1.6 BlueHDi 100 S&S manual.

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