DS 9 Fastback Uncovered In China As Rebadged, Luxed-Up Peugeot 508 L

Well, we didn’t have to wait too long to see the new DS 9 fastback with no camouflage whatsoever, did we?

Following yesterday’s sighting of the flagship model undergoing testing in Europe, the first uncensored photos surfaced in China revealing the car’s exterior design in its entirety. The patent images released by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology also reveal the new model’s name.

Previously referred to as the DS 8, the premium model is actually called DS 9. You can see that written clearly on the tailgate, where a “45 THP” badge is also visible under the model’s name translated in Mandarin.

Also Read: Our Review Of The Euro-spec 2019 Peugeot 508 Fastback

The styling is familiar, as it was previewed in May by two leaked images that revealed a virtually identical profile with the China-exclusive Peugeot 508 L, a hexagonal grille, and sleek horizontal LED headlights and taillights.

Details include the brand-specific chrome trim under the lights, a chrome strip uniting the taillamps, and LED DRLs similar to the DS 3 Crossback. Expect the DS 9 to feature frameless windows and a five-door fastback body style, just like the Peugeot 508.

The DS 9 will be built in China by the Changan-PSA joint venture using the French automaker’s EMP2 architecture. The model is slightly bigger than the long-wheelbase 508 on which it’s based, measuring 4,933 mm (194.2 in) in length, 1,855 mm (73 in) in width, and 1,468 mm (57.8 in) in height, with a wheelbase of 2,895 mm (114 in).

The new car’s public debut will take place at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December, with the DS 9 offering two powertrains at launch: a 1.6-liter turbo four making 200 HP and a plug-in hybrid using a 1.6-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor with an unspecified output, though that powertrain is most likely the same one used by the 225 PS (223 hp) 508 L PHEV. The 45 THP petrol version has a top speed of 236 km/h (147 mph), while the E-Tense PHEV goes up to hit 240 km/h (149 mph).

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Photo credits: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology via CarNewsChina & CarPix for Carscoops

  • Jason Panamera

    I’d like to see more photos of interiors when these ,,leaks happen”. Anyway I like this design and I assume that interior will be like in DS7 crossback.

    • Matt

      When you’re in a restricted area taking unauthorized photos of an unreleased model, I don’t think you get much time to take photos of every feature from every angle. The car was also probably locked.

      • Jason Panamera

        Look at photos 3 and 4. For sure that person had time to take a photo of the interior. I assume it was ,,controlled” leak. But this was in China where leaks happen.

      • Joe

        These photos aren’t unauthorised. They’re specifically submitted to MIIT for Chinese certification because it is a legal requirement in order to manufacture and sell a vehicle in China. It’s why the photos tend to be the same angles and stuff across every model that is “leaked” (but not actually leaked at all) this way, such as the new Nissan Sylphy, Renault Captur, etc.
        A main front 3/4, a rear view, and then supporting images such as different front bumper/grille/wheel treatments for different trim levels, exterior details, etc. are all that is legally required, alongside technical specs (external dimensions, engines, etc.). It’s why these “leaks” that aren’t leaks all offer up the same amount of info/photos.

        • Matt

          Thanks for the info. I class the term ‘leak’ as an image or images that are not yet intended for public view by the manufacturer. Are all images submitted to MIIT available to the public? Or has someone from the agency shared these without PSA’s permission (a ‘leak’, in other words).

          Seems like a highly unglamorous way to reveal a new model that hasn’t yet received its official launch.

  • xrnzaaas

    Car seems to look nice, a shame they didn’t do a curved rear window or something like that like in the C6.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    looks like a French Lincoln continental. Turd

  • Isn’t the Chinese new Peugeot 508 only a 4 door berline? I think it is the European version that has 5 doors.

    • Joe

      Yes. The 508L is a 4-door, not a 5-door. The DS9 will also be a 4-door.
      A lot of companies do this. The Buick Regal, Skoda Rapid, etc. for China are all 4-door rather than 5-door too.

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