Citroen DS reimagined for the 21st century

The Iconic French car, which was considered radically advanced in its day, was produced between 1955 and 1975 – here’s how it could look, if revived

A modern interpretation of the iconic Citroen DS has been rendered by South Korean designer Sang Won Lee, and the end result is stunning.

The all-electric concept keeps the original essence of the vehicle’s exterior, however does away with the B-pillar, chrome plating, and tubular tail lights.

It also gets a widened rear track, and sits lower to the ground than its predecessor. The rear wheel remains covered for improved aerodynamics.

“Not only [did the original DS] have cutting edge technology, but also beautiful streamlined design,” the designer said.

“Between emotionless trending EVs, I believe there is a need to bring back this legend.”

However, in 2015, Citroen’s design director at the time, Alexandre Malval, told the Australian press “[Retro models are] not really our taste to be honest”.

The original DS was built between 1955 and 1975 in sedan, wagon and convertible configurations.

Above: A 1969 example of the original Citroen DS.

Known for its radical futuristic body design, the car featured hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension and was the first production car to be fitted with disc brakes.

Throughout its three generations of production, it was offered with five different engine options, the most popular of which was the 2.2-litre fuel-injected four cylinder producing 75kW and 164Nm.

By the time the model was retired, Citroen has sold nearly 1.5 million examples of the DS worldwide.