DS Automobiles has revealed its second bespoke model, the DS 3 Crossback.
Pitched as a direct rival to the likes of the Audi Q2 in the currently mushrooming small crossover segment, the DS 3 Crossback will debut at the Paris motor show in October and go on UK sale by the summer of 2019. It is expected to effectively replace the current Citroën C3-based DS 3.
The DS 3 Crossback will be offered with petrol, diesel and full electric power – all future models from the brand are expected to include full electric versions. The electric DS 3 Crossback will arrive in showrooms in mid-2019, using a 100kW/136hp single electric motor with regenerative braking.
According to DS, the electric variant will be capable of 0 to 62mph in 8.7 seconds and promises a range of up to 186 miles on the new WLTP measuring cycle. Battery charging to 80% will be possible in 30 minutes using a 100kW fast charger.
Petrol versions will include the latest 155hp engine mated to an eight-speed auto transmission, as well as 130hp and 100hp units. A 1.5-litre diesel will complete the powertrain line-up.
The DS 3 Crossback is the first car to employ the new CMP (Common Modular Platform), which will eventually be used by the entire next generation of smaller cars across the PSA Group, including the next Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa.
Exterior styling details include flush-fitting door handles and invisible weather seal rubber between the windows and the body shell, while the interior is dominated by a fully digital driving display.
DS Automobiles had already stated its intention to launch six standalone new models by 2023, and the DS 3 Crossback will join the DS 7 Crossback in showrooms.
DS hopes that the bold styling of the DS 3 Crossback, directly evolved from that of the DS 7 Crossback, will make it stand out in a now-crowded market that has recently seen the arrival of several major new contenders. As well as the Audi, prime rivals include the Volvo XC40, named European Car of the Year for 2018.