Charisma Plus Elegance - Meet The DS 7 Crossback
|   Friday, April 21, 2017
Met the new DS 7 Crossback, which kicks off with technological standards and elegance levels that places it at the level of the most demanding models in the premium compact SUV segment. The DS 7 Crossback is the first SUV in the French brand's portfolio, but it produces a very strong first impression thanks to its avant-garde design.

The headlights offers a real visual show. Primarily, the LED modules of the DS Active LED Vsision system have finishes and cutouts similar to diamonds.
And when the car is unlocked, the LEDs emit a purple light, and then pivots 180 degrees in a graceful choreography. The taillights use the same LED technology; they have a 3D look and have been engraved with lasers.

The LED headlights have the feature of corner lighting and automatic switch between low beam and high beam, adapting to driving conditions and speed, by selecting one of five lighting modes: Parking, city, road extra-urban, motorway and adverse weather conditions. At the same time, DS Night Vision system uses an infrared video camera to detect objects, pedestrians and animals at a distance up to 100 meters ahead of the car. Therefore, the DS 7 Crossback is the first model in its segment equipped with a "night vision" function.

On the inside, Nappa leather on the seats have stitches whose shape mimics the chain mail of the watch straps. This is a typical feature of DS models. In addition, the seams are pearl style, as is the case of the haute couture tailoring.

These are all arguments for the DS 7 Crossback be a rival in the premium compact SUV segment for the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. However, to seduce fan of said German models the DS 7 Crossback must provide some technological delicacies too.

As a result, the DS 7 Crossback will be offered in the spring of 2019 in the plug-in hybrid version, with a total output of 300 horses. It is composed of a gasoline engine with 200 hp and two electric motors (one on each axle). This configuration provides four-wheel drive.

The new automatic 8-speed gearbox (EAT8) contributes to the system's efficiency. The driver can choose between four modes of operation: 100 percent electric (ZEV), Hybrid (HEV), Combined (SPORT) and 4 × 4. The battery stands at 13 kW / h, making possible a completely electrical range of 60 km. From a 16A power source, charging the battery takes about four and a half hours. From a 32A power source that goes down to two and a half hours.

Other high-tech features include the DS Connected Pilot system, which knows how to keep the distance between the cars in the front and control the car's steering in order to remain on the same lane.

A camcorder scans the road ahead and continuously adjusting the dampers' strength from both axles. This video camera detects pits or bumps in the road over a distance of 5 meters ahead the car. Depending on the information received from the video camera, the dampers adjust individually.

Overall, the DS 7 Crossback impresses through design, refinement and avant-garde technologies, and earns the right to compete with the German giants on top of receiving the status of the most advanced model produced by any French manufacturer at the moment, regardless of segment.
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