Over the past few years there’s been an influx of sporty hot hatches on the roads of Britain. Sporty hatches are notoriously diverse, providing both an exciting ride, with the spacious practicalities required for everyday life.
With more manufacturers dipping into this market, the dominance of the Mini has been recently rivaled with the release of Fiat 500 and Citroen’s DS3. Mini have already created their own version of a convertible, along with Fiat, whose ‘convertible’ doesn’t fully retract, instead the roof pillars remain in place restricting those inside from baring the great outdoors.
With both the Mini and Fiat introducing convertible versions to their fleet of hatches, it seemed apparent that it was only a matter of time before Citroen followed suit…and that they did. Citroen have just announced the launch of their DS3 Cabrio
So what’s so special about a retractable roof, that’s already been so successful to other manufacturers? Well the soft-top car, which is due to go on sale in early 2013 is capable of electronically closing at speeds of 74mph within 16 seconds.
However, the most exciting development in the DS3’s case is the level of customisation available - unlike the other retractable roofs, the DS3’s design is available in three
different styles – black, light-reflecting blue or a ‘DS Monogramme’ design. This innovative creation places the DS3 in a whole different league – but it’s something other manufacturers are certain to catch on to.
The folding roof doesn’t detract from the amount of space available in the five-person cabin. Although the boot is 40-litres smaller than the hatchback, it has more seats-up room than the Fiat 500. There’s also a new spoiler with aerodynamic deflectors on the quarter-light surrounds and rear LED lights with a 3D effect.
It appears as though Citroen have built the Cabrio with their customers in mind; delivering a stylish motor whilst holding onto the practicalities that make everyday life easier. And it’s factors like this that ensure the DS3 will be a massive hit next year.