DS3 Crossback Goes Official With Petrol, Diesel And EV Powertrains

Following yesterday’s leak, DS has officially unveiled the all-new DS3 Crossback.

Featuring “distinctive sculptural styling,” the crossover has a prominent grille which is flanked by DS Matrix LED Vision headlights and vertical LED daytime running lights. The Crossback also has plastic body cladding, a relatively flat roof and a controversial ‘wave’ accent near the B-pillar.

While the styling won’t win everyone over, the model has flush-mounted door handles which are similar to the ones used on the Range Rover Velar. They automatically deploy when the crossover is unlocked and then retract when the vehicle is locked.

Moving into the cabin, drivers will find a digital instrument cluster, a head-up display and a 10.3-inch infotainment system. Other highlights include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, diamond-shaped air vents and a 12-speaker Focal audio system.

DS didn’t say much else about the interior, but the boot holds 12.4 cubic feet (352 liters) of luggage and the company paid particular attention to reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels. Speaking of the latter, “vehicle soundproofing has been taken to a higher level” thanks to an acoustic windscreen, thicker window glass and thicker metal doors.

Since DS wants owners to drive something “highly personalized,” the DS3 Crossback will be offered with ten body colors, three roof colors and ten wheel choices.

DS will also offer five Inspiration variants called DS Montmartre, DS Bastille, DS Performance Line, DS Rivoli and DS Opera. Each comes equipped with gloss, satin or textured black exterior accents as well as an upscale interior that features Nappa leather upholstery with pearl or diamond top-stitching. The cabin also has unique chrome trim and Alcantara accents.

While the model will be offered with both petrol and diesel engines, the big news is the electric powertrain in the DS3 Crossback E-Tense. The model has an electric motor that develops 134 (100 kW / 136 PS) and 191 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque. This enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 8.7 seconds.

In terms of range, the E-Tense’s 50 kWh lithium-ion battery will enable drivers to travel more than 186 miles (300 km) on a single charge according to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). In the older NEDC cycle, that’s 280 miles (450 km).

When the battery is depleted, it can be fully recharged in five hours with a 11kW Wall Box. Drivers who don’t need the crossover’s full range can give the car an 80% charge in just 30 minutes.

Besides the electric powertrain, the DS3 Crossback will be offered with petrol and diesel engines. On the petrol side, there will be three PureTech options with outputs of 98 hp (73 kW /100 PS), 128 hp (95 kW / 130 PS) and 152 hp (114 kW / 155 PS).  There will also be two diesel engines with outputs of 98 hp (73 kW /100 PS) and 128 hp (95 kW / 130 PS).

On the technology front, the DS3 Crossback will be offered with the DS Drive Assist system which uses a radar and camera to provide adaptive cruise control and automatic lane centering. The model also offers automatic emergency braking, automatic parking and the DS Smart Access system. The latter allows owners to unlock and start the crossover using the MyDS app on their smartphone.

The DS3 Crossback will debut at the Paris Motor Show later this year and a launch is scheduled for 2019.

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  • salamOOn

    im sorry, but those middle vents and everything around is simply hideous.

  • designer_dick

    I don’t mind the exterior. I like the fact that they’re not afraid to throw in a little bit of wilfully French eccentricity – it’s a refreshing antidote to the increasingly anodyne, nondescript designs coming out of Germany. I’m less enamoured with the interior, but the only thing I actively dislike are the air vents mounted on the doors, which are incredibly cheap and tacky, and come off looking like a deeply misguided design decision.

    • Marty

      But it’s a quite lazy French eccentricity. Not even that is what it used to be. It’s used to be avant-garde in the real sense of the word.

  • dufonrafal .

    The HUD and Matrix headlight are nice features that the DS7 still doesn’t have.

  • Frase

    Chic interior, but that exterior isn’t winning me over. I’d rather just have a Cactus, or a C3.

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  • Dariush

    most DS just look like more expensive, ridiculous looking Citroens…. i dont find the premium factor in it.

    • Alessandro Corsa

      most Audi just look like more expensive, ridiculous looking VW …. i dont find the premium factor in it.

      • Mike Gonzalez

        but at least they look damn good!

  • Puddingpopper

    ugly as sin

  • Mike Gauthier

    You’re right, but it will only be available in certain markets (thus it wasn’t mentioned in UK press release). Thanks for the heads up, article has been updated.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    who designed this?! Hyundai’s design chief in the mid 90’s??
    what a hideous car… and the fact they try to pass it as premium makes it even worse

  • Vassilis

    OK maybe a bit too much of that DS language.

  • Richard Taylor

    I really want a French company to succeed in this segment but I can’t see it as a possibility with efforts like this from DS. Even if avant-garde could succeed in such a conservative class, it would have to be executed impeccably. But sadly DS haven’t managed that either. I suppose the back looks alright.

  • El de Ngaan

    Wow this is very nice. It’s refreshing to see a company coming with arresting designs as opposed to the boredom and the recycling of designs so often with the germans and japanese. The only thing I don’t like is the chrome strip between the tail lights. I’d rather have it black but bravo to DS.

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