DS 3 Crossback revealed with EV version

DS Automobiles has launched its new DS 3 Crossback ahead of next month's Paris Motor Show, with an E-Tense pure-electric version due next year.

The premium compact SUV will rival the likes of BMW's X2 and Volvo's XC40, but in EV configuration will provide drivers with a quoted 186 miles range (WLTP) on a single charge - 280 miles on NEDC. This puts it in similar territory to the new Hyundai Kona Electric 39 kWh in terms of EV range, and will compete with the all-electric XC40 when launched by Volvo.

Specifications for Volvo's electric XC40 have not been announced, but the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense can only match the range of the Kona Electric 39 kWh, yet with a battery pack that's 11 kWh larger in capacity - and the 64 kWh Kona Electric has a 300 mile range.

The 50 kWh battery is installed under the floor, and the new model carries a number of styling cues from the larger DS 7 Crossback - itself due as a PHEV next year. Charging will likely be carried out via a CCS inlet, and DS has confirmed that the 3 Crossback will be capable of 100 kW rapid charging, and will take five hours to charge from an 11 kW charge point.

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense

A heat pump and regenerative braking system look to improve efficiency figures, and the 3 Crossback E-Tense will complete the 0-62mph dash in 8.7 seconds - or just three to cover 0-30mph - thanks to a 100 kW electric motor.

Driver assistance systems such as DS Park Pilot and DS Drive Assist to help with parking and in heavy traffic, or on motorways at speeds of up to 112mph.

Combining two of the automotive industry's fastest-growing sectors - crossovers and plug-in vehicles - the DS 3 Crossback looks set to prove very popular. On top of the pure-electric version, DS will also offer its petrol and diesel engines in three- and four-cylinder configurations.

There will be five personalisation packs from launch: DS Montmartre, DS Bastille, DS Performance Line, DS Rivoli, and DS Opera, plus La Premiere as the launch edition. The interior is set to put the DS into the mix of premium compact SUVs, but with a distinctly French flavour as DS certainly doesn't shy away from embracing its heritage.

Further information will be available at the car's debut in Paris, with UK specifications and pricing due closer to on-sale date.

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense rear

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:13th Sep 2018

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