Though the Citroen DS3 will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, some details of the car have already come out. Full specifications and hi-res pictures should be available later on Monday, 24 August.

Citroen's DS3 is just about ready to meet the world. The French MINI attacker will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show and goes on sale around March 2010. Measuring 3.95 metres in length and 1.71 metres in width, the DS3 is slightly larger in dimensions than its main target.

The car is based on the all new C3 which is only due in November of this year. It looks very much like the concept car that was shown at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. Buyers will be able to individualise their DS3s to a large extent by choosing from wide range of roof and body colours, exterior mirrors and wheels. Even the dashboard will be customisable through different colour combinations and equipment levels.

The petrol engines are expected to have power outputs of 71kW (95bhp), 89kW (120bhp) and 112kW (150bhp). The two diesel motors will put out 90bhp and 110bhp respectively, with C02 emissions coming in at 99g/km. Five or 6-speed manual transmissions will come standard but Citroen might throw in an automatic.

Citroen will follow up the DS3 with two other upmarket DS models namely the DS4 and the DS5 in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Press release and high res photos added.


Gallery: Citroen DS3 Breaks Cover