DS 7 Crossback is PSA’s most luxurious SUV, but until recently, it was only available as either a traditional diesel or gasoline vehicle. Now the manufacturer has added a PHEV powertrain option for the DS 7 and on paper it sounds pretty enticing.

Called the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 225 plug-in hybrid, it has a combined power output from its 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and electric motor of 222 horsepower, while peak torque comes in at 360 Nm (265 pound-feet) - all of the power goes to the front wheels, this is not an all-wheel drive vehicle. The manufacturer says it should provide an all-electric range of up to 55 km (34 miles), according to the WLTP test cycle; this can rise to 72 km (45 miles) if calculated for the WLTP low speed standard.

This electric range comes courtesy of a 13.2 kWh battery pack that can be charged at a maximum rate of 7.4 kW. At full charging capacity, it can be taken from flat to full in 1 hour and 45 minutes. The manufacturer says that this version of the DS 7 uses between 1.4 and 1.6 l/100 km and emits between 31 and 36 g/km CO2, although this is only the case if you keep its battery charged. If driven at higher speed, DS expects it to return from 6.1 to 6.5 l/100 km.

Gallery: Галерея DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4

Aside from looking quite flashy and outlandish, the DS 7 can be had with plenty of tech, such as level 2 semi-autonomous driving capability, full LED matrix headlights, night vision, self parking and even a camera that reads the road ahead and adjusts the suspension accordingly; this feature is called DS Active Scan Suspension and it apparently can control each wheel individually to ensure maximum possible occupant comfort.

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Mon, 15/06/2020 - 12:00
  • The DS Automobiles electric range is complemented with a new plug-in hybrid DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 225 model. 
  • The pairing of a 180 horsepower (300Nm) petrol engine and 110 horsepower (320Nm) electric motor is combined with front-wheel drive transmission and a 13.2kWh rechargeable battery.
  • DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 225 comes as standard with DS ACTIVE SCAN SUSPENSION camera-controlled damping and laminated glass front and rear for exceptional comfort and sound proofing. 

DS Automobiles is continuing with its electrification strategy. Alongside DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE (100% electric) and DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 (4-wheel drive, 300 horsepower plug-in hybrid), the range is complemented with a new DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 225 model. 

Cutting edge technology
Boosted by experience gained in Formula E since 2015 and supported by Jean-Éric Vergne, defending champion with DS TECHEETAH, electrification is continuing to expand into the DS Automobiles range. 

DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 225 has a 180 horsepower petrol engine (Euro 6.3 emissions standard) with 300Nm of torque, backed up by a 110 horsepower electric motor fitted straight to the eight-speed automatic gearbox.

At start-up only the electric motor is used, enabling zero emissions mode driving up to 135km/h. The driver can then choose hybrid mode which optimises energy use, or sport mode which summons all the available power (225 horsepower and 360Nm combined).

The 13.2kWh battery, located beneath the floor has a range of up to 55km (WLTP standard) or up to 72km (WLTP low speed standard) in electric mode. CO2 emissions are between 31 and 36g/km and fuel consumption is between 1.4 and 1.6 litres/100km (WLTP). At high speed, fuel consumption is between 6.1 and 6.5 litres/100km, according to the test equipment.

The battery is charged while driving thanks to a system that benefits from the developments and experience that DS has acquired in Formula E. An operating reserve enables the battery to continue supplying the electric motor if it’s required. The petrol engine is also used to charge the battery. DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 225 generates electrical energy during deceleration and braking in order to increase its range. Another function, called “E-SAVE” meanwhile enables it to keep enough energy for 100% electric driving over the final 10 or 20 kilometres of a journey, or to have a battery that’s fully charged.

As with other DS Automobiles electric models, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 225 comes with two charging cables (regular mode 2 for occasional charging at a standard plug and 7.4kW mode 3 for charging the battery from 0 to 100% in just 1h45 at a wall box). All this can be controlled through an app or on the 12-inch screen in the middle of the dashboard. It is also possible to program or start pre-warming remotely. 

To upgrade drivability, the Advanced Traction Control option is available. 

Exceptionally well equipped
As standard, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 225 has damping controlled by DS ACTIVE SCAN SUSPENSION. A camera behind the windscreen, as well as four attitude sensors and three accelerometers, analyse the kind of road and conditions (speed, steering wheel angle, braking etc…) to transmit data instantly to a computer which controls each wheel independently. According to this information, it continuously makes the suspension firmer or softer. 

Comfort is also enhanced by sound proofing. Already helped by the electric motor’s quietness and by the special lightweight design of the chassis, DS 7 CROSSBACK also benefits from laminated glass as standard, front and rear, in order to limit noise from outside.

DS CONNECTED PILOT Level 2 autonomous driving, DS DRIVER ATTENTION MONITORING, DS NIGHT VISION and DS PARK PILOT are also available and DS ACTIVE LED VISION is standard from PERFORMANCE Line + trim upwards

DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 225 is available in BUSINESS and EXECUTIVE specification for companies, as well as SO CHIC, PERFORMANCE Line, PERFORMANCE Line + and GRAND CHIC. The complete range of DS Inspirations is available: BASTILLE, PERFORMANCE Line, PERFORMANCE Line with leather seats, Pearl Grey RIVOLI, Basalt Black RIVOLI, Alezan Brown OPERA and Art Basalt Black OPERA.

As standard, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 225 gets 19” LONDON Diamond Black alloy wheels. 20” wheels are an option.

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