DS X E-Tense concept offers electric vision of future

DS Automobiles has revealed its vision for 2035, with the X E-Tense the result of its designer's crystal ball gazing.

Although a pure concept model - with little likelihood of us seeing a production model in a bit under 20 years' time - the X E-Tense nevertheless reinforces DS Automobiles' shift to electric powertrains.

Already running a factory Formula E team, the French premium brand is being set up to be a key electric manufacturer by the PSA Group - which also includes Peugeot, Citroen, and Vauxhall.

Powertrain details - though hypothetical - involve two electric motors set within the front wheels, producing 400 kW (540 hp) for road use. However, the output is upped to 1,000 kW (1,360 hp) when the X E-Tense is set into 'circuit' mode.

A carbon fibre chassis adds lightness, and the suspension set-up uses an innovative arrangement of springs and torsion bars, while an advanced traction control system will see power put to the (theoretical) road no matter its surface.

An asymmetric, three-seat concept, the X E-Tense is supposed to feature bodywork that is 'capable of recovering its form after an impact', while 'the front grille and DS X E-Tense's cooling capacity adapt to the driver's whims'. There are no conventional brakes either, instead relying on the regenerative braking from the electric motors.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:27th Apr 2018

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