Citroen DS5

  • DS5 powered by hybrid diesel powertrain delivering 200bhp
  • Only 99g/km CO2 emissions means it's free to tax
  • Tubik nine-seater concept features raft of clever technology

The big news on the Citroen stand was the reveal of the DS5 and the Tubik nine-seater concept.

The DS5 - a five-door coupe/hatchback crossover - is the premium alternative to the French firm's more sedate C5.

This latest DS edition will be powered by a 200bhp ‘HYbrid4' diesel hybrid system, meaning city driving is possible with zero emissions, and an electric ‘power boost' is available for extra performance when required. The system drives all four wheels, so traction shouldn't be an issue.

Thanks to this high-tech equipment, Citroen claims the DS5 will emit just 99g/km of CO2. This means it'll qualify for 13% benefit-in-kind taxation, cost nothing to tax and be exempt from the London congestion charge.

As is the trend with the DS range, top quality interior materials are coupled with clever ambient lighting. ‘Pilot-style' switches on the roof add a bit of theatre for the driver, while the premium touches continue with a heads-up display for the driver.

It also gets the more adventurous styling of the DS range with oversized air intake, large chrome-finished grille and LED lights. The rear comes with double exhaust pipes to the further the aggressive design.

According to Citroen, it combines the style of a coupe with the practicality of a hatchback. Boot space is a decent size with 465-litres of space on offer, similar to that of the BMW 3-Series Touring.

Sales are set to begin towards the end of this year with prices expected to start at around the £25,000 mark.

Also on the Citroen stand was an 'Ultra prestige' version of Citroen's DS3. This new trim level means buyers get a load of exclusive materials apparently used for the first time in the automotive sector.

There was also a C3 on show that emits just 87g/km CO2 thanks to technology the firm calls 'e-HDI 70 micro-hybrid.

Also drawing lots of attention was the Tubik ‘executive shuttle'. A nine-seater, the idea is to create a lounge-style cocoon dedicated to comfort and relaxation. The modular seats, designed to be arranged in many different ways (semi-reclined, face-to-face, etc.), and the onboard technology (including a giant, semi-circular screen, and high-definition spatialised sound) set the tone for luxury travel. Indeed, the large panoramic window has been designed that passengers can see out easily without others looking in.

Predictably it features full-hybrid technology designed to reduce CO2 emissions.