The DS-7 with cross-back, the French brand’s first European market of the SUV, has been revealed ahead of its official debut at the Geneva motor show next week.
The 7 cross-back is the first of what will soon become a heap of new models of DS. A small SUV and a large living room between them. However, there are no plans to bring the slightly smaller, Chinese-market DS 6 crossover to Europe.
Less than two years since the PSA Group division DS in a third party independent of the brand positioned above Peugeot and Citroën. PSA is determined to present their most recent of the brand as a premium player, and 7, cross-back style takes on a lot of luxury in the cues — especially in the resemblance at the rear of the Audi Q5. The 7 cross-back has a similar full-width rear door with the shape of the tail lights.
DS says that all models have the luxury of the materials on its interior, as well as the possibilities of customization that is unprecedented for a PSA car. Prototypes seen by the Coach there was a 12.0 in the center of the touch screen and a digital instrument display.
The amount of space for passengers in the 7 with a cross back is generous in the front and rear, and plusher versions are set to obtain electrically the tilt of the rear seats.
At launch, the majority of the 7 with a cross back of the mechanical makeup is family. The car, which was developed under the code name X74, was based on the average size of the version of the PSA of the modular platform EMP2.
It will be available with three petrol engines: a 128bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder and 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in both 178bhp and 227bhp varieties. The two diesel engines will be a 2.0-litre with 178bhp and a new ultra-frugal 1.5-litre engine, the name of the DVR.
The 1.5 diesel and 1.2 petrol will have a six-speed manual gearbox. All other engines will come with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, which will also be an option in the 1.5 diesel.
All of the launch of the front wheel drive models only. PSA engineers have confirmed that there are no plans for a four-wheel-drive 7 with a cross back with a mechanical system.
The only model with a power rear end will be the range-topping hybrid version, which is due to the arrival of a year after the rest of the range, in the year 2019. This hybrid model will have two 107bhp electric motors that operate in conjunction with a 197bhp version of the 1.6-liter turbo petrol, which gives a total output of 296bhp.
DS is willing to represent the 7 cross back as a leader in technology, and all but the entry-level version is going to be active LED headlamps with three powered the movement of the elements. These turn to give the welcome animation’ as the car is unlocked and to allow different modes of lighting, with a greater range of the projecting beam at high speeds and corner illumination (something Citroën effectively invented in your DS room in 1967).
Develop rear lights, each with 42 Leds, it will also be standard, and an infrared-based night vision system that can identify pedestrians and animals is offered as an option. DS has also confirmed plans to offer the 7 for a cross back with a semi-autonomous Connected Pilot of the conduction system. A state-of-the-art Focal Electra audio system will be offered, also.
Although the PSA no longer produces cars with hydraulic suspension — which caused the ride of the original Citroën DS to be compared with a magic carpet — the DS 7 will be available with an Active Scan the suspension system.
This uses a large camera mounted near the top of the car from the windscreen to ‘read’ the road surface as it approaches, pre-adjustment of the stiffness of the electronically variable shock absorbers (which will be standard on more expensive versions) to prepare for the bigger bumps and compressions as they arrive. DS claims in the Active Exploration will be the first in its segment, while Mercedes already offers a similar Magic Body Control system on their more expensive models.
The production of the 7 with a cross back will start towards the end of the year in the PSA plant in Mulhouse, in France, with the first uk customer deliveries due in early 2018. Prices and final specifications will not be confirmed until closer to the car’s launch, but a full load of range-topper is expected to cost less than £ 40,000 and the entry-level model of less than £ 30,000, giving the 7, cross-back, a noticeable price advantage against German rivals, such as the Q5 and BMW X3.
Rode the DS 7 with a cross back
The test track demonstrations are normally carried out at a speed designed to make passengers feel moderate astonishment, but not today.
Andrea Louis, the DS 7 with cross-back project manager, is the driving of a hard-working prototype wearing a crappy disguise at a quick pace but sober pace. He deliberately focuses on every imperfection I can find, including some nasty artificial ridges across the surface of the track. He is decided to try the 7 cross-back rides as a great French car should.
Unfortunately, our 7 with a cross back is not equipped with the Active Scan of suspension, which, apparently, still in the final stages of commissioning, and the variable shock absorbers are only working in its default Normal mode. However, the car feels awesome compatible with both the front passenger and the rear seats when asked to digest the Belchamp test track of the modest number of rougher surfaces, although they are still some way short of the challenge of a British B-road.
We are told that the eps engineers are fully aware of what Asphalt in the united kingdom can be like that, apparently after having been moderately horrified after a group of them was brought to the meeting of our potholes, and DS is determined to reclaim the reputation of the quality of the ride that French cars used to enjoy.
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