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Published on August 31st, 2012 | by James Allen

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Citroen DS3 Cabrio: First details

Ahead of the car’s debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show, Citroen has just announced the first details and photos of the soft-top DS3 Cabrio.

Taking the fight to the Fiat 500C and Mini Copper Convertible, the DS3 Cabrio features a folding roof that’s more akin to what you’d find on the Fiat – the ‘sardine-tin’ style canvas roof can be retracted to three different settings, so also doubles as a sunroof of sorts, and a wind deflector pops up when the roof is fully retracted.

Citroen, though, is very pleased with the fact that not only can it be raised or lowered in 16 seconds at speeds of up to 74mph, but also that it only adds 25kg to the DS3′s kerb weight (the lightest DS3 Cabrio weighs in at 1,085kg) so shouldn’t affect the ride, handling or running costs that much.

The roof also doesn’t impede on headroom for the rear passengers, which is quite rare for convertible family hatchbacks, though the boot is, at 245 litres, 40 litres smaller than the hard-top DS3′s.

One thing it does share with the standard car, though, is the way in which you can personalise it – along with the rest of the trim and colour scheme options you can choose from, there will be three different roof styles initially on offer: black, light-reflecting blue and what Citroen is calling a ‘DS Monogramme’ design.

The DS3 Cabrio will go on sale at some point in the New Year, with details on pricing, engines and equipment levels and such expected to be announced at either the Paris Motor Show or closer to the car’s eventual release date.

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