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DS 7 Crossback gains new petrol power

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DS Automobiles is adding a new and more powerful petrol unit to the engine range of its DS 7 Crossback SUV.

The DS 7 Crossback went on sale in March with a 180hp petrol engine, plus 130hp and 180hp diesels. Now that range is being expanded with a 225hp four-cylinder petrol unit.

DS claims that with the new engine the DS 7 Crossback outperforms all its rivals, the unit offering gains in performance, fuel economy and efficiency. The 225hp is combined with 300Nm of torque and a 48.7mpg combined cycle fuel economy figure – the latter 6% better than the Citroën 210hp unit that the new engine replaces.

Technology advances include the adoption of a continuously variable valve lift system, multiple injection management, reduced friction and a redesigned turbo compressor.

   

Emissions have also been a priority, with a new petrol particle filter fitted and emissions reductions applied across the entire powertrain to achieve a CO2 figure of 135g/km.

The new engine is being combined in the DS 7 Crossback with the latest eight-speed automatic transmission produced by DS parent PSA Group. This also contributes to reduced fuel consumption, boasting an Eco mode that  ‘free wheels’; at speeds between 12mph and 80mph, each time the driver lifts their foot off the accelerator, the engine returns to idle and disengages the gearbox.

DS Automobiles is making the 225hp unit available on Ultra Prestige, Prestige and Performance Line trim levels of the DS 7 Crossback, with prices starting from £34,990.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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