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DS has revealed the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense – a plug-in hybrid variant of the brand’s BMW X3 rival, as parent company PSA Group continues its push towards electrification.
The production version of a car Autocar has driven in prototype form, the E-Tense is due to be unveiled in full at the Paris motor show in early October. It gets its name from the brand’s supercar concept from the 2016 Geneva motor show.
The E-Tense combines a 197bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine with two 108bhp electric motors, together providing 296bhp and 332lb ft of torque. A 13.2kWh battery pack can power the car on electricity alone for 31 miles, up to a speed of 83mph.
Official average fuel economy is around 128mpg on the new WLTP test cycle, while CO2 emissions are less than 50g/km, although more precise figures will be released closer to the car’s on-sale date.
This powertrain will be shared with all other PSA plug-in hybrids but is the first to make it to market. The Citroën C5 Aircross PHEV will have the same set-up, as will the Peugeot 508 and 3008 plug-in hybrids.
The car’s top speed is claimed to be 136mph, while acceleration to 62mph takes 6.5sec – on par with a Ford Focus ST. Power is delivered to all four wheels.
Four drive modes are available to the driver: Zero Emission, which runs on the electric motors alone; Sport, which combines the motors for maximum power; Hybrid, which optimises fuel consumption, and 4WD. An additional E-Save mode allows the driver to keep a small amount of charge in reserve for the last few miles of their journey.
New French luxury SUV looks derivative and lacks the completeness to easily justify its price. Despite that the DS7 Crossback is refined, fairly lavish and comes with some Gallic charm
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DS claims that the 7 Crossback E-Tense takes two hours to charge from a 6.6kW wall box, or eight hours from a three-pin socket. Boot space is unaltered over the standard car’s, because the 120kg battery pack is located underneath the car’s floor.
Distinguishing features are limited to E-Tense badging at the rear of the car and a new paint colour and alloy wheel design.
Pricing is expected to start at around £50,000 when sales begin in early 2019.
£50k for an overweight 1.6t Petrol Citroen £%”%^
I’m sure a 250hp 2.0t petrol version could come in at £10,000 less, maybe have extra fuel costs of £500 a year but that’s still a big saving. Oh it would also have better handling, be lighter, less complicated and maybe room for a spare wheel (at a guess). If I could afford a £50k car I’m not sure I’d be that bothered about plugging it in to save a couple of quid anyway.
I’m not really convinced by Hybrids and this example falls in NO category of sensible buys
typos1 – Just can’t respect opinion
Ok, I am not one of the DS7CB
Ok, I am not one of the DS7CB haters (I think it looks quite nice, great interior), but 50k for this? That is a lot of money
Comparison to a Focus ST…!?!
Its confusing why the only comparison you can think of is a small hot hatchback in regard to its performance… it’s a Citroen and apart from being French or having £50k in your bottom draw, the likelihood of buying one vs a Volvo, BMW or Mercedes alternative is highly unlikely.
One net of the most boring reviews I have read on here for a while.
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