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Attracting much interest at the Geneva show is the E-Tense, unveiled by DS Automobiles.

While looking very much like a new coupe supercar ready for production, the E-Tense is a concept, with apparently no plans to put it on sale.

Citroën’s spun-off premium brand describes the E-Tense as a car that “encapsulates the brand’s stylistic and technological vision, and points towards DS’s future with its high-performance electric powertrain.”

The E-Tense is all electric, its 402 horsepower drivetrain also producing 381lbft of torque, powered by lithium-ion batteries placed under the chassis to keep the centre of gravity low.

DS says that the car “takes its rightful place among the ranks of high-performance GTs” and it is said to be capable of a 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds and a 155mph top speed. The range is quoted at around 190 miles on the ‘mixed cycle’ or more than 220 miles in urban environments.

The E-Tense measures 4720mm long and 1290mm high, its shell styled to an attractive GT design finished in a striking metallic green body colour with a chrome-plated ‘spine’ running right across the centre of the car.

The car is built around a carbon fibre monocoque with aluminium subframes, the two electric motors placed in the rear and handling-friendly double-wishbone suspension fitted all round.

Like the Divine DS concept that accompanied the launch of the DS standalone brand at the 2015 Geneva show, the E-Tense has no rear screen to its cockpit, the driver’s rearwards vision provided by a rear-view camera which is apparently set for production.

Also likely to reach showrooms on future Ds production models are the headlamps, which boast individual ‘jewel-like’ LED modules that can rotate by up to 180 degrees to provide different throw patterns to suit varying driving environments.

The E-Tense is not, however, expected to be among the six new models promised by DS before 2020, despite some suggesting it would be a perfect ‘halo car’ for the brand as it seeks to increase awareness of its ‘Spirit of Avant Garde’ marketing slogan.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a 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.