The performance label of PSA that is DS has revealed their first plug-in hybrid model officially. The DS 7 Crossback based on the E-Tense line is to hit the shelves next year, then with a 4×4 drive and 50 kilometres of all-electric range.
For PSA this is the first step in their electrification strategy. Said plan considers DS their exclusively electrified arm by 2025. PSA’s ambition is “for DS to be among the global leaders in electrified cars on its market,” emphasised DS CEO Yves Bonnefont earlier this year reportedly.
The first DS to fall under this guide will be the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4. Its plug-in hybrid all-wheel drive runs at a combined 300 hp or 147 kW electrically. A battery with 13.2 kWh packs enough energy to run 50 kilometres with zero emissions (WLTP) up to a speed of 130 kph. PSA claims the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4 battery can be charged in 2 hours using a wall-box and with a 6.6 kW charger or, in 8 hours with a common socket.
The hybrid system will be shared across PSA brands. In fact, the French only introduced it yesterday in combination with the upcoming Peugeot 3008 SUV. The HYBRID4 system which the DS 7 will utilise is based on the so-called 1.6L PureTech engine running on petrol.
Still, Zero emission is the default mode for the plug-in hybrid. Once on the road, the driver may switch to Sport mode, or Hybrid mode, which is easier on the tank. On a similar note are the Brake function for recuperation as well as the E-Save function. The latter allows the PHEV driver to save enough energy to drive in all-electric mode for the last 10 or 20 kilometres of a journey.
Once the DS 7 Crossback PHEV goes on sale in early 2019, it will fit into PSA’s strategy aiming to have electric or hybrid models across their entire line-up by 2025 (we reported).