Citroen's First Premium Brand SUV - DS7 Crossback
|   Sunday, March 26, 2017
Finally, we have a Frenchman among German giants - the DS 7 Crossback is the first European SUV brand that offers unique design and ambience in its segment.
The DS premium brand lifted the veil on the new DS 7 Crossback. The SUV will be struggling with BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 and offers a high-class interior, along with a design specific of the French brand.

The French in charge of the DS premium brand, part of PSA Group (Peugeot-Citroen) have officially presented their first European SUV.
Its name is DS 7 Crossback, and was launched at the Geneva Motor Show.

The model provides an emotional approach in one of the few premium segment, in which the classic German manufacturers are defeated by another premium brand: Volvo XC60 is the leader in sales, beating in the past two years the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC.

The DS7 was created from the EMP2 modular platform, on which Peugeot 3008 is built. The new SUV is the first model launched under the name DS, after receiving independent brand status with premium aspirations. DS has high ambitions, with an increase in the premium segment for the next five years estimated at 50 percent versus 15 percent for the entire car market.

The French House promotes the new DS7 Crossback as a direct rival for the midsize premium models, Audi Q5 and BMW X3. However, the DS7 has a length of 4.57 meters, 1.89 meters width, 1.62 meters height, and is 9 cm (4.57 m) shorter than the new Q5, with a wheelbase 7 cm short (2.74 m) of its German rival.
The interior promises an exceptional finish with Nappa leather upholstery and brushed metal trim applied in all visible areas of the dashboard, seats and door sides. The center console incorporates a 12-inch (standard 8-inch) touch screen, while another 12-inch TFT display is mounted instead of the conventional on-board instruments. A luxury watch B.R.M R180 (optional) is also integrated above the center air vents, this pivoting 180 degrees at start the engine.

A premiere in the segment is the DS Suspension Active Scan system, which scans the road surface using video cameras and integrated sensors, permanently altering the strength of the suspension, brakes or steering angle for supreme comfort. Other systems are taken from the upper classes like DS Night Vision (night vision) or DS Connected Pilot (intelligent auto pilot).

At the top engine range is an E-Tense plug-in hybrid version of 300 hp, driven by a turbocharged engine with a displacement of 1.6 liters and 200 hp and two electric motors of 109 HP each.

Traction is AWD, one of the two electric motors being located on the rear axle, which it also sets in motion. The transmission is a new eight-speed automatic gearbox. Li-Ion battery pack with a capacity of 13 kWh provides a range of 60 km, in 100 percent electric mode. The charging time ranging from 2.5 hours to 4.5 hours.

Other DS7 versions have exclusively front-wheel drive, and customers can opt for three gasoline and two diesel Euro 6.2 units: 1.2 THP, 130 hp; 1.6 THP with 180 or 225 hp respectively, 1.6 BlueHDi 130 hp and 2.0 HDi 180 hp. Apart from the 1.2 THP version, all other models can be optionally equipped with the new eight-speed automatic gearbox.
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