A set of patent images showing the upcoming DS3 Crossback found its way into our inbox and after cross-checking them with our most recent spy shots, they look like the real deal.
The DS3 Crossback is the French brand’s answer to the likes of the Audi Q2 and Mini Countryman. It will be PSA’s first model to sit on the brand new CMP platform that is also compatible with an electric powertrain.
A fully electric version of the DS3 Crossback will join the range down the line, offering a driving range of up to 280 miles (450km).
The images reveal the design choices DS made for its smallest yet SUV model. Overall the design follows the same language as set by the DS7 Crossback; the front end features a hexagonal grille in the same style of the bigger sibling while the headlights are accompanied by a curvy LED strip on their outer edges for the daytime running lights.
The most prominent feature from the sides is that characteristic shark fin that disrupts the window line on the rear doors, as well as the blacked-out pillars for the necessary ‘floating-roof’ effect.
The rear end gets gets a curvier treatment and cleaner lines, accompanied by a set of slim taillights that are surrounded by chrome. The only disruption here is the fake air outlets on the side. The dual exhaust setup will be probably reserved for the more powerful models.
The interior adopts a simple form that features many diamond-patterned details, including the center air-vents that appear to be mounted under three sets of buttons. The center console is arranged in the same style with the DS7, meaning jewellery-like controls surrounding the shifter. The instrument cluster will be digital while the infotainment system is mounted on the dash like a tablet, a feature that was first seen in a previous scoop.
DS is planning to debut the new DS3 Crossback at the upcoming Paris Auto Show on October 4. Stay tuned for more details as we have them.
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