Citroen to raise the roof

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AT THE 2012 Paris Motor Show this month, Citroën will unveil the latest advance in the DS line, DS3 Cabrio, a cabriolet version of the multi-award winning DS3.

Since its launch in 2010, the DS3 has generated more than 180,000 sales worldwide and a line of special editions including the DS3 Racing and DS3 Ultra Prestige.

The DS3 Cabrio features three soft-top roof styles - black, Infinite blue and a DS Monogrammed design all of which are electrically operated. The 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.

At 3.95m long, 1.71m wide and 1.46 m high, DS3 Cabrio retains the hatchback’s proportions. Inside, features include white LED ambient lighting on the ceiling-mounted console which includes the roof opening control, white lighting around the instrument cluster and automatic air conditioning display and all-new upholstery including Granit blue leather and Akinen weft available in Mistral (dark grey), Chic brown and Infinite blue.

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

The rear features a new three-dimensional LED light cluster. The central part 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. The 3D light also features a DS logo set.

DS3 Cabrio, produced at the Poissy production site in France, will be launched early in 2013.