DS reveals its first EV – 2019 DS3 Crossback E-Tense

Launching next year, DS’ second new model in its next stage of development will be the DS3 Crossback, which follows in the footsteps of the DS7 Crossback.

The new car will be launched with both petrol, diesel and battery-electric models at the same time.

DS3 Crossback E-Tense

2019 DS3 Crossback E-Tense

DS says the new car is virtually without compromise when compared to its internal combustion powered counterparts, with performance and practicality on a par – at least within range of a single charge.

Named the DS3 Crossback E-Tense when in electric form, the car benefits from a 50kWh battery that should be good for a WLTP-rated 200-mile range. Similar to the Hyundai Kona Electric, the E-Tense will be capable of a 100kW charge rate, enabling 0-80% capacity in 30 minutes. Performance is rated as 0-30mph in 3.3 seconds, 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds onwards to a top speed of 93mph, thanks to its 136hp electric motor.

Positioning itself above its sibling PSA Group brands, DS will differentiate its cars including the DS3 Crossback with premium additions, such as flush fitting door handles and DS Smart Access – which allows up to five people to unlock and drive the car using their mobile phone rather than a traditional key. From 2025, every new DS will be either PHEV or EV.

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