The future is (also) electrical
When Citroën launched its DS range just over a decade ago, the idea that it could become an independent brand was still unthinkable, but the first generation of vehicles was so positively received that the French firm decided to take the plunge and take advantage of a niche created by the increasingly uniform offering from its German competition.
We are now witnessing the birth of the second generation of DS models, which started with the DS 7 Crossback and continues now with the DS 3 Crossback. This compact crossover SUV really breaks from convention with its style and offers an interesting choice of engines, available not only in petrol and diesel versions but also as an all-electric vehicle, all with front-wheel drive. The DS 3 Crossback hit the market with a diesel and three petrol engines, the most powerful being the 155hp petrol engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The electric version is just as intriguing, though, delivering 136hp and 260Nm of torque - enough to sprint from 0 to 100 in 8.7 seconds, with a top speed of up to 150km/h. The lithium-ion battery can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes on a 100kW charging station, or fully charged in 5 hours on a home Wallbox - enough to travel over 300km on a WLTP cycle.
The ultra-flexible CMP platform is extremely rigid and fitted with a whole host of support systems, including semi-autonomous lane keeping systems that operate at speeds of up to 180km/h (with the combustion engine). The Matrix LED headlights provide top-class lighting and the DS 3 Crossback can even be opened and closed using a smartphone. That said, we assume that there will be a costly surcharge for many of these features.
The Crossback wouldn't be a DS if it didn't stand out in terms of its extraordinary design features. The exterior design is minimalist and very neat but still offers a number of surprising features, such as flush door handles and vertical daytime running lights, with the ‘shark fin’ on the B-pillar offering a nod to its predecessor. The electric version has just a few details that distinguish it from the classic versions, including the removal of the dual exhaust, the introduction of a special Polar White colour and the option of a body-coloured grille when choosing the latter. The original passenger compartment is finished to a very high standard, complete with the luxurious diamond pattern specific to the brand and futuristic instruments and controls.
The stereo system by hi-fi specialist Focal meets even the highest ofdemands, whilst the many and varied customisation options and styles include the Montmartre, Bastille, Rivoli and Opera specifications, as well as the Performance Line version.
The DS 3 Crossback is a true premium compact vehicle and, this being the case, also follows a special distribution model since it will be marketed via dedicated DS Stores and DS Salons.
We are eager to see how the demand will be split between the various versions available.
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