Citroen has revealed the first images of its DS3 WRC, which will replace the C4 WRC at the end of the current World Rally Championship season.

The car will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show today, alongside the new cars from both Ford and MINI but ahead of that launch, Citroen has revealed images of the car - which appear in a livery similar to that used on the C4 this season.

"The DS3 is currently Citroen's flagship model," Citroen Racing boss Olivier Quesnel said. "For our engineers, it is also the ideal base on which
to build a sports model and rally cars.

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"The DS3 is compact, stylish and agile. Despite very different philosophies, the DS3 Racing, the DS3 R3 and the DS3 WRC share the same genes. They have been designed to become the yardsticks in their respective fields.

"With the DS3 WRC, Citroen is hoping to continue its on-going success, and is aiming for new world championship titles. The DS3 R3 is aimed at privateers who want a quick and reliable. The DS3 Racing is the road-going incarnation of our many world titles, and marks Citroen's return to the segment of small high performance sports cars."

The DS3 WRC will be driven by Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier next season after Citroen signed contract extensions with the pair, although there has yet to be any word on the future of Dani Sordo.

The Spaniard saw himself dropped to the Citroen Junior Team for the gravel events on the calendar from the mid-way point of the season as Ogier was promoted into the full works team after a series of impressive performances.