DS is planning to quickly double up within the SUV market with a smaller sibling for the brand new DS 7 Crossback, and our spies have caught the brand new small crossover – more likely to be referred to as the DS three Crossback – on digicam for the primary time.
Within the fingers of PSA engineers, the upcoming MINI Countryman and Audi Q2 rival from Citroen’s premium sub-brand is presently present process winter testing in chilly circumstances. It is an necessary step within the automotive’s growth, forward of it arriving in British DS showrooms at first of subsequent yr.
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With a reveal nonetheless a way off, the pre-production mule spied right here nonetheless wears and in depth disguise, however the total form of the car is apparent to see. The photographs recommend that the profile of the DS 7 Crossback shall be shrunk right into a smaller type issue, whereas the remainder of the car ought to combine current DS three styling cues with components of the brisker design language exhibited on the DS 7 Crossback. Our unique pictures preview simply the way it might look when the covers come off.
The brand new automotive will vie with the next-generation Peugeot 208 to be the primary mannequin based mostly on father or mother firm PSA’s all-new small CMP platform. As such, an all-electric model might be on the playing cards too, because the CMP platform has been designed and engineered with electrification in thoughts.
Talking on the Tokyo Motor Present final yr, Eric Apode, DS’s government vice-president with duty for analysis and growth, gave the strongest official trace but small DS SUV is being lined up. “Out of the 650,000 vehicles DS has offered since 2010, two-thirds have been the DS three,” Apode mentioned. “After all, we have to money in on the massive quantity of shoppers who’ve purchased into DS by the DS three over the previous six or seven years.”
He continued: “Past that, we additionally see and recognise the evolution of the markets. We will see the identical with MINI; there, the likes of the Countryman [SUV] are booming whereas the three-door hatchback gross sales are reducing. It’s the identical for Audi, too.
“So let’s say that what we bear in mind is to be the place essentially the most worthwhile autos and the place the volumes are, with out forgetting the DS three prospects. On the following generations of small DS you can find a number of components, together with personalisation, restricted editions and so forth, which have already been launched by the DS three.”
Apode additionally confirmed that the following small DS would use the CMP chassis, and added: “The recent platform shall be key for us to assault new segments.”
The mannequin is unlikely to be a direct alternative for the prevailing DS three. This automotive will proceed to be offered alongside the newcomer till a minimum of the top of the last decade – albeit with infotainment upgrades in addition to additional particular editions.
Nevertheless, Auto Categorical understands that one other DS supermini is just not one of many six new fashions promised by 2023, and that no concrete plan for such a car exists past that time. The DS three Crossback shall be PSA’s first small automotive to utilize the electrified model of the chassis elements, referred to as e-CMP – and which means DS will have the ability to supply the Crossback as a pure EV as effectively. Figures revealed by DS present the automotive can have a 114bhp electrical motor and a 50kWh battery that offers a spread of 280 miles.
This model is more likely to arrive quickly after the conventionally powered editions, as a result of PSA has already mentioned that the primary e-CMP automotive – which, by rights, would be the DS three Crossback – will attain showrooms in 2019. It’ll be part of a plug-in hybrid model of the DS 7 Crossback in DS’s electrified line-up.
The DS 7 Crossback is the primary car to correctly embody the 4 core values which were laid out for the separate DS model: design, consolation, French luxurious and expertise. Eric Apode admitted that a number of of its design options would find yourself on the entire forthcoming new fashions.
“There are some key components, such because the entrance and taillights, and the grille, which are basic,” he mentioned. “We are going to repeat them throughout the vary to present a household feeling. Our new household will look nearer collectively than the DS three, DS four and DS 5.”
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