By: Rebecca Ives
The first SUV from DS, the DS 7 Crossback offers a whole host of technological innovations alongside the elegant Parisian designs we are used to seeing from this French manufacturer.
From the exterior you can see that the DS 7 Crossback is designed to be more than just your next car; with its sculpted curves and your eyes are drawn to the front diamond effect grille and DS Active LED Vision projector headlights and towards the rear the 3D Full LED rear headlights are reminiscent of reptile scales. The DS 7 Crossback is available in nine body colours and five alloy wheel types and can be personalised further on the interior: choose from Opera, Rivoli, Performance Line and Bastille.
Inspired by luxury French watchmaking, the dash features a B.R.M R180 Timepiece. The opulence continues with the crystal mounted steering wheel controls, pearl stitching and two 12-inch screens. However, the cockpit has been designed for more than just its looks. Every control is easy to reach and navigate from the driving position. Further comfort features for the rear passengers include electrically reclining seats with plenty of leg room.
The large boot can hold 555 litres with rear seats upright and when folded this is increased to 1750 litres. The boot can be opened with the hands full functionality, an optional extra as part of the Easy Access Pack. To activate the electric tailgate you simply move your foot beneath the rear bumper.
On its initial release, the DS 7 Crossback is available with either a diesel or petrol engine, both of which meet the latest Euro 6.2 emissions standards. In total there are three petrol models and two diesel with either six-speed manual gearbox or eight-speed automatic gearbox allowing for a smooth and responsive drive. To help reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, Stop/Start technology is featured in Puretech and BlueHDI engines. The BlueHDI 130 six-speed manual offers a combined MPG of 68.9 and has CO2 emissions of 107g/km.
One of the latest safety features to be added to the SUV is DS Night Vision. This allows you to see better in the dark as an infrared camera in the grille detects hazards such as pedestrians and animals in the road up to 100m in front of you. To warn you of the danger you will see the road ahead in the digital instrument panel and hazards will be highlighted in yellow changing to red as you drive closer.
The DS 7 Crossback petrol and diesel engines will be available from early 2018, but you will have to wait until 2019 to see the E-Tense 4X4 plug-in hybrid. It will be worth the wait, however, as this version of the DS 7 Crossback will feature a 200hp petrol engine with two electric motors that will allow you to drive in three different modes: 100% electric, hybrid or combined. The battery regenerates when the vehicle decelerates and in all-electric mode will deliver a range of up to 37 miles, whilst charging can take 2.5 hours in fast mode.
DS cars are available from our showrooms in Chesterfield, Hyde and Wrexham
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