Citroen DS 7 Crossback

Cross back to DS 7

14 June 2018

CITROEN is taking its DS 7 Crossback range even more upmarket with the introduction of a new flagship version featuring a more powerful engine.

Taking prices up to more than £43,000, the stylish SUV gets a new 225bhp PureTech petrol engine that the company believes is probably the most advanced in the world.

Economy improves by about five per cent over the 210bhp engine it replaces, whilst the CO2 rating is just 135g/km.

It also comes with a new petrol particulate filter that blocks 75 per cent of all particulates generated by the engine.

Those who know about such things will be impressed by the myriad of advanced technological features including the variable valve intake drive, variable intake and exhaust valve timing, turbo twinscroll and 200bar fuel injection pressure.

The result is an engine that does its level best to fight back against the hybrid invasion by achieving impressive standards of economy, emissions and performance.

Mated to a sophisticated eight-speed automatic transmission, it also boasts a stop/start system and an energy-saving eco mode that

returns the engine to idle and disengages the gearbox with each lift of the foot from the accelerator.

This happens automatically at speeds of up to 80mph, which in practice is all of the time, meaning that the vehicle is effectively freewheeling.

Eventually the DS 7 Crossback will offer a choice of five petrol and diesel engines plus a hybrid petrol-electric with an output of 300bhp and the benefit of a 4x4 drive system.

The PureTech 180 and PureTech 225 are four-cylinder petrol engines paired with the eight-speed automatic gearbox.

They have pulling power of 250Nm and 300Nm respectively, and economy from about 45mpg.

There are also two diesel engines offering outputs of 130bhp and 180bhp, with a manual gearbox in the BlueHDi 130 and an automatic in the more powerful version.

Economy is from about 50mpg.

The new petrol PureTech 225 engine is offered on Ultra Prestige, Prestige and Performance Line models, starting at £34,990, with a first-year VED tax liability of £205.

As the luxury arm of Citroen, just like Infiniti is to Nissan, the new vehicles are sold from designated DS dealerships.

The PSA group, which has taken over Vauxhall in the UK, is hoping that the newcomer will finally enable it to crack the lucrative luxury vehicle market that is currently dominated by the Germans.

Determined to stand out from the crowd, DS is putting on something of a light show for the Crossback, with just about as many lighting combinations as it is possible for a vehicle to accommodate.

The active LED headlights have modes that create a welcome animation when switched on, plus ultra-high beam projection and the ability to see around corners, just like the 1960s Citroen DS.

At the rear there are more than 80 LEDs to create a distinctive appearance, whilst night vision cameras will be offered as an option.

Flagship versions boast 20-inch diameter wheels plus dual 12-inch screens for information and entertainment inside.

Equipment includes heated front and outer rear seats, autonomous cruise control, engine stop/start, keyless entry, lane keep assist, and head-up driver displays.

As is the DS way, there is an almost endless list of personalisation options to make each vehicle different from another, with daring colour combinations for the exterior and interior paintwork plus fabric and leather options.

There are four levels of trim and equipment, starting with Elegance at £28,050 that comes equipped with a manual gearbox, lane departure warning and driver fatigue alert.

Next up is the Performance Line range from £31,435 that comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery and a 12-inch touchscreen including sat nav.

The Prestige versions gain wireless phone charging, traffic sign recognition and blind spot detection, and cost from £34,435.

The Ultra Prestige costs from £43,185, with larger-diameter 20-inch alloys, keyless entry and start, parking assist plus rear camera, panoramic sunroof and a super-luxury interior trimmed with Nappa leather and pearls.

In terms of performance, the best-selling £33,335 two-litre turbocharged diesel model generates 180bhp of power and 400Nm of torque.

There is an eight-speed automatic transmission with power to the front wheels to create a 0-60mph acceleration time of 9.9 seconds, a top speed of 135mph, economy averaging 55mpg and CO2 emissions of 128g/km.