We"ve got an early glimpse of DS"s Paris Motor Show star, the new DS 3 Crossback, thanks to a set of leaker patent images that have appeared online.
The SUV will be the smaller sibling to the recently launched DS 7 Crossback, and attempt to cash in on the current trend of growing SUV sales. The images show the overall desing of the Nissan Juke rival is not too disimlar to the larger DS 7; a sharp kink in the window line and verticle daytime running lights are two unique design features.
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DS is also putting the SUV through a rigours development-testing phase, with prototypes under going winter testing to ensure they are capable of tackling the most extreme conditions. The spy shots also show the prototypes match up to the leaked patent images, so we have a good idea of what the SUV will look like when the covers come off in October.
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The new car will vie with the next-generation Peugeot 208 to be the first model based on parent company PSA’s all-new small CMP platform. As such, an all-electric version could be on the cards too, as the CMP platform has been designed and engineered with electrification in mind.
Speaking at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, Eric Apode, DS’s executive vice-president with responsibility for research and development, gave the strongest official hint yet that the small DS SUV was being lined up. “Out of the 650,000 cars DS has sold since 2010, two-thirds have been the DS 3,” Apode said. “Of course, we need to cash in on the large amount of customers who have bought into DS through the DS 3 over the past six or seven years.”
He continued: “Beyond that, we also see and recognise the evolution of the markets. We can see the same with MINI; there, the likes of the Countryman [SUV] are booming while the three-door hatchback sales are decreasing. It’s the same for Audi, too.
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“So let’s say that what we have in mind is to be where the most profitable vehicles and where the volumes are, without forgetting the DS 3 customers. On the next generations of small DS you will find a lot of elements, including personalisation, limited editions and so on, which have already been launched by the DS 3.”
Apode also confirmed that the next small DS would use the CMP chassis, and added: “The fresh platform will be key for us to attack new segments.”
The model is unlikely to be a direct replacement for the existing DS 3. This car will continue to be sold alongside the newcomer until at least the end of the decade – albeit with infotainment upgrades as well as further special editions.
However, Auto Express understands that another DS supermini is not one of the six new models promised by 2023, and that no concrete plan for such a vehicle exists beyond that point. The DS 3 Crossback will be PSA’s first small car to make use of the electrified version of the chassis parts, called e-CMP – and that means DS will be able to offer the Crossback as a pure EV as well. Figures published by DS show the car will have a 114bhp electric motor and a 50kWh battery that gives a range of 280 miles.
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This version is likely to arrive soon after the conventionally powered editions, because PSA has already said that the first e-CMP car – which, by rights, will be the DS 3 Crossback – will reach showrooms in 2019. It’ll join a plug-in hybrid version of the DS 7 Crossback in DS’s electrified line-up.
The DS 7 Crossback is the first vehicle to properly embody the four core values that have been laid out for the separate DS brand: design, comfort, French luxury and technology. Eric Apode admitted that several of its design features would end up on all of the forthcoming new models.
“There are some key elements, such as the front and rear lights, and the grille, that are fundamental,” he said. “We will repeat them across the range to give a family feeling. Our new family will look closer together than the DS 3, DS 4 and DS 5.”
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