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Divine DS points to Citroën's luxurious future

Divine DS points to Citroën's ...
The Divine DS made its debut in September, before hitting the Paris Motor Show floor
The Divine DS made its debut in September, before hitting the Paris Motor Show floor
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The Divine DS is Citroën's vision for its luxury flagship of the future
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The Divine DS is Citroën's vision for its luxury flagship of the future
The Divine's roof is made up of different textures and materials
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The Divine's roof is made up of different textures and materials
Citroën says the roof scales look "reptilian"
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Citroën says the roof scales look "reptilian"
Inside, the DS Divine uses luxury designers to create a high-end feel
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Inside, the DS Divine uses luxury designers to create a high-end feel
The centre console is finished in "white gold"
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The centre console is finished in "white gold"
Embroidery from Lesage is a feature of the concept's interior
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Embroidery from Lesage is a feature of the concept's interior
The DS uses laser headlamps
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The DS uses laser headlamps
The Divine's grille is made up of diamond-shaped chrome elements, which create a "spatial" effect
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The Divine's grille is made up of diamond-shaped chrome elements, which create a "spatial" effect
The DS' roofline is low, which accentuates the car's length
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The DS' roofline is low, which accentuates the car's length
The headlamps have Swarovski crystals in their makeup
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The headlamps have Swarovski crystals in their makeup
The diamonds on the grille surround a large DS badge
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The diamonds on the grille surround a large DS badge
The concept's front end is upright, for a strong presence
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The concept's front end is upright, for a strong presence
The laser headlamps are active above 60 km/h
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The laser headlamps are active above 60 km/h
The Divine's rear looks like one piece, because scales replace the rear windscreen
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The Divine's rear looks like one piece, because scales replace the rear windscreen
Power comes from a 1.6-liter petrol engine
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Power comes from a 1.6-liter petrol engine
The Divine's engine makes 270 hp
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The Divine's engine makes 270 hp
The DS' 20 inch wheels complement the low body
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The DS' 20 inch wheels complement the low body
Fascinating details are all over the DS' body
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Fascinating details are all over the DS' body
The Divine is designed to "capture the essence of the DS brand"
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The Divine is designed to "capture the essence of the DS brand"
Citroen has painted the car in a shimmering metallic grey
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Citroen has painted the car in a shimmering metallic grey
The DS' laser headlamps are controlled by a camera on the front of the car
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The DS' laser headlamps are controlled by a camera on the front of the car
Inside the Divine DS
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Inside the Divine DS
The car's center console
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The car's center console
Embroidery is one of the details that makes the DS interior
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Embroidery is one of the details that makes the DS interior
The car's instrument binnacle replaced by a heads-up display
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The car's instrument binnacle replaced by a heads-up display
The center console uses toggle switches with gems in them
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The center console uses toggle switches with gems in them
The Divine's navigation system can display directions on a 3D hologram above the speed readout
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The Divine's navigation system can display directions on a 3D hologram above the speed readout
The DS center console is finished in "white gold"
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The DS center console is finished in "white gold"
Even the drivers seat has been carefully sculpted to fit into the Divine's luxury interior
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Even the drivers seat has been carefully sculpted to fit into the Divine's luxury interior
The Divine DS made its debut in September, before hitting the Paris Motor Show floor
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The Divine DS made its debut in September, before hitting the Paris Motor Show floor
The Divine DS at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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The Divine DS at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag.com)
The Divine DS at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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The Divine DS at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag.com)
The Divine DS at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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The Divine DS at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag.com)
The Divine DS at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag.com)
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The Divine DS at the Paris Motor Show (Photo: CC Weiss/Gizmag.com)

Among all of the exciting cars on the floor at the Paris Motor Show, some of the best came from French manufacturers making the most of their home-ground advantage. Citroën used its stand to display a luxurious concept of what its future flagship could look like. Safe to say, the future looks bright.

The Divine DS is low, at just 1.35 meters tall, while detail in the bodywork is highlighted by the show car’s metallic grey paint. Up front, the grille is made up of diamond-shaped chrome elements, which vary in brightness and size in an effect that highlights the large DS badge in its center.

Laser headlamps, which use two laser diodes on each side, have Swarovski crystals in their base to give extra visual sparkle to the DS’ design, as well as complementing the diamond grille. The laser units work in tandem with more conventional LEDs above 60 km/h (37 mph), after which a front-mounted camera controls the beam so as not to dazzle oncoming drivers.

Citroen has painted the car in a shimmering metallic grey
Citroen has painted the car in a shimmering metallic grey

Citroën has tried to give the concept’s roof a “reptilian” look, using different materials and textures to make "scales" that also result in some funky interior lighting effects.

The car's instrument binnacle replaced by a heads-up display
The car's instrument binnacle replaced by a heads-up display

The interior is designed to allow owners to choose one of three trims that include elements from number of fashion labels – from Lesage embroidery to Swarovski crystals. Adding to the luxurious feel, the center console features a "white gold" finish and houses toggle switches adorned with gemstones.

The car’s instrument binnacle is replaced by a heads-up display above the steering wheel, while supplementary info would be displayed by a holographic readout, with the ability to display navigation instructions in 3D.

For such a high-tech concept, the Divine DS uses a surprisingly conventional powertrain. Power comes from a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine, producing 270 hp (199 kW) and 330 Nm of torque, which is available between 1900 and 5500 rpm. The engine meets Euro 6 emissions regulations, with a CO2 emissions figure of just 145 g/km.

Source: Citroën

2 comments
Ptodd
I don't think this concept has the simplistic elegance the original DS exuded. The original's swooping body lines had a streamlined beauty. This looks more like a simple estate or SUV. The interior looks excessively distracting with is myriad facets inhibiting a quick-glance reference to controls. The embroidery is on the rest surfaces is completely impractical and unlikely wear well. Peugeot's elegant concepts are more in line of what the "goddess" car should be. Even Citroen's Metisse and Metropolis concepts exuded far more simplistic elegance than this current endeavor. This would also be a worthy successor: http://www.autoevolution.com/news/student-creates-stunning-citroen-ds-design-for-the-year-2019-31115.html. Would love to see this as a reality: http://carslist-db.com/pics/citroen/citroen-ds-custom/citroen-ds-custom-03.jpg.
Riaanh
Thanks Ptodd, the student design is really stunning.