The DS 3 Crossback is officially revealed as Citroen’s posh DS brand take on a compact urban SUV, and it comes with petrol, diesel and electric drivertrains.
Citroen’s thunder with the new DS 3 Crossback was a bit stolen this morning with a leak of official photos of the new car, but now DS has officially revealed the new DS 3 Crossback.
The surprise isn’t that DS has decided to launch an SUV take on the (still) very good DS 3, but that it’s taken DS so long to do so as the market deserts even hatchbacks in search of the right SUV. But now they have, and it looks pretty convincing.
As we noted this morning, the new DS 3 Crossback tips its hat to the styling of the DS 3 Hatch with its front end treatment, that unique B-Post and contrast roof, and yet manages to look like a smaller version of the DS 7 Crossback at the same time – finally, DS has a brand identity oozing through the two Crossover models.
Inside it’s an upmarket glow permeating across some Citroen-esque chic, with a 10.3″ central infotainment screen, grained leather, top-stitching patterns and Alcantara steering wheel, touch controls and side vents in the doors. It seems to have the same sort of appeal, in a DS way, that Peugeot has managed to get in the 3008.
Engine options include 99bhp, 128bhp and 153bhp of the very good 1.2 litre PureTech petrol and a 99bhp 1.5 litre diesel, but the big news is really an electric DS 3 Crossback – yes, DS is doing the sensible thing and making electric an option for a mainstream model and not creating standalone EVs.
The EV version uses a 50kWh battery to power a 136bhp electric motor, promising a range of getting on for 200 miles, and the ability to get an 80 per cent charge in half and hour with a 100kW charger (we know, you can do the maths). Which isn’t really up with competition like the Hyundai Kona EV.
Due to debut at the Paris Motor Show next month, the DS 3 Crossback won’t arrive until next year, and the EV version a chunk later. By which time, we’d wager, the power and batteries in the electric DS3 Crossback might have grown more appealing.