The 300hp DS 7 Crossback E-Tense has been revealed. It’s the first in a line of hybrid and electric cars from DS, keep reading for full info on price, specs and release date
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- DS 7 Crossback E-Tense revealed
- Specs include 300hp
- 50-mile all-electric range
- Four-wheel drive
- Expected price £50,000
- Release date autumn 2019
DS has revealed the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense ahead of the car going on show at the Paris Motor Show next week. The petrol-electric hybrid has 300hp, four-wheel drive and an electric-only range of 31 miles.
The DS 7 Crossback E-Tense remains as practical as a regular DS 7, in fact, the only visual changes come in the form of its 19-inch wheels, Crystal Grey paint and ‘E’ embossed gear shifter.
DS 7 Crossback E-Tense price and release date
The DS 7 Crossback E-Tense predicted to carry a price tag of around £50,000, so it’ll be slightly cheaper than the Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine which starts from around £54,000. The E-Tense is set to go on sale from autumn 2019.
DS 7 Crossback E-Tense specs
The DS 7 uses a combination of a 200hp 1.6-litre PureTech petrol engine and two 110hp electric motors – one each on the front and the rear axle – to produce and a total of 300hp at any one time through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. That’s enough to get the big DS from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds and give it a top speed of 136mph flat out.
When you’re not driving like your in Formula E, the E-Tense can travel at speeds of up 83mph for 31 miles on battery power alone – a figure that should actually be possible because it was achieved under WLTP, real-life testing. It has regenerative braking that helps top up the battery and can be recharged from flat in two hours using a wall-mounted charge, or in eight hours using a standard three-pin plug.
The E-Tense offers four driving modes, Zero Emission is the default setting and means the car starts and runs for as long on possible on electrical power alone. Sport mode gives as much power as is available, while Hybrid keeps CO2 emissions at or below 50g/km, while 4WD permanently engages the car’s four-wheel drive system for lots of grip on slippery roads.
E-Save is another feature that allows you to keep some battery power in reserve. If you’ll be driving in the city at the end of a long run, for example, it’ll preserve the battery to give you up to 12 miles worth of electric-only power.
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