DS has taken the wraps off the 2016 DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio.

DS has taken the wraps off the 2016 DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio.

Looking instantly recognizable, the facelifted models adopt a new front bumper and a revised “DS Wings” grille with chrome accents.  The cars also have LED headlights, restyled wheels, and a revised color palette.

Speaking of colors, the DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio will be highly customizable as owners can select from 78 body and roof color combinations, ten roof decals, four soft tops, and ten exterior mirror housings.

The interior largely carries over but the models have been equipped with a new touchscreen infotainment system that has a seven-inch display and Apple CarPlay compatibility.  Drivers will also find revised trim and upholstery combinations as well as a new center stack that has 20 fewer buttons.

Speaking of technology, all DS 3 models will come equipped with a rearview camera, front / rear park assist, and a hill assist system.  There's also an Active City Brake system which uses a short-range laser sensor to detect potential obstacles and automatically brake the car if the driver fails to respond.

Under the hood, eight different engines will be available.  DS declined to go into specifics but confirmed options will include three PureTech three-cylinder petrols, two THP four-cylinder petrols, and three BlueHDi diesel engines.  The engines can be connected to a manual, semi-automatic, or automatic transmission.

Buyers looking for something sporty can order the DS 3 Performance which has a 1.6-liter THP four-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque.

Besides the powerful engine, the DS 3 Performance has a sport-tuned suspension, a 15mm reduced ride height, and a wider front and rear track.  The model also has a high-performance braking system and an optional limited slip differential.  Other highlights include carbon fiber accents, a dual exhaust system, and leather / alcantara upholstery.

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