Following Peugeot’s announcement on their new plug-in hybrid models, DS Automobiles also revealed the details of the electrified DS7 Crossback E-Tense.
The French SUV is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol four-cylinder engine with two electric motors, with one of them mounted on the rear axle giving the DS7 all-wheel drive. The petrol engine produces 197hp (200PS) while the electric motors offer 107hp (109PS) each. According to DS, the combined output is 296hp (300PS) and 331lb-ft (450Nm).
The battery pack has a capacity of 13.2kWh, enabling the new DS7 Crossback E-Tense to travel 31 miles (50km) on electric power only in the latest WLTP cycle. In addition, the new plug-in hybrid DS can reach speeds of up to 83mph (135km/h) in its pure electric driving mode.
Speaking of modes, the new DS7 Crossback E-Tense defaults on the Zero Emission (EV) mode but also offers Sport, Hybrid and 4WD for the driver to choose from. 0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 6.5 seconds, while CO2 emissions are expected to be less than 50g/km on the WLTP cycle.
The new variant of the DS7 Crossback will feature PHEV-specific functions, such as the ‘E-Save’ which allows the driver to save enough energy to drive in pure electric mode for the last 6 or 12 miles of a journey.
DS says that the battery pack can be charged in 2 hours using a 32A wall terminal or a 6.6kW charger, while plug it into a traditional socket and the charging time will be 8 hours.
Despite hosting a battery pack, the DS7 Crossback E-Tense claims to offer “the same spaciousness and a maximum boot space” with its conventional ICE siblings. The plug-in hybrid E-Tense also features newly-designed 19-inch wheels and a new color called Crystal Grey.