DS7 gets in Tense

29 September 2018

THE best of all possible worlds is being claimed for the latest version of the impressive DS7 Crossback, which offers immense power, impressive economy and the opportunity to be completely emissions-free.

Taking the name of DS7 E-Tense 4x4, this new model within the expanding DS7 range comes with a conventional petrol engine plus two electric motors.

This combination generates a power output of 300 horsepower, with 450Nm of pulling power, providing drive to all four wheels and the ability to travel for up to 30 miles on battery power alone.

Recharging is partly automatic to a degree, by using energy recovery during braking or deceleration.

DS is making the boastful claim that the newcomer is the first

high-performance petrol-electric hybrid in the premium mid-range SUV segment, which will no doubt be news to established rivals such as Lexus and several others.

This latest version of the DS7 uses a standard 1.6-litre petrol engine plus two electric motors generating a total of 147kW or 110bhp, mated to an advanced eight-speed automatic transmission, with 0-60mph acceleration of 6.5 seconds.

In all-electric mode, statistics suggest that the vehicle can complete the typical daily commute from home to work up to a maximum speed of 80mph without any emissions at all.

As the vehicle can be used in all-electric mode, pure petrol, or a combination of the two, average emissions are officially rated at 50g/km.

It is estimated that the final ten miles or so of the typical journey can be completed in all-electric mode as a result of charging-while-driving, with the range indicated to the driver.

Arriving back home or to a charging point, the batteries can be fully charged in two hours using a wall-mounted charger, or in eight hours with a conventional socket.

The DS7 was designed from the start to accommodate the batteries beneath the floor, so there is no compromise to boot capacity.

The DS7 range is scheduled to be expanded by a new version every year for the next six years, with the all-electric PHEV version arriving later next year.

The stylish SUV recently went even more upmarket with the introduction of a new flagship version featuring a more powerful engine.

Taking prices up to more than £43,000, this model uses 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.

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 the new hybrid petrol-electric.

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, with the E-Tense hybrid due early next year at a price that is yet to be announced.