ON THE ROAD- For The Future- DS7 Crossback, with Ian Lynas
It’s fair to state that the new DS 7 Crossback is the first real DS model; up until now vehicles carrying the DS badge have been Citroens given the premium touch.
I have had the opportunity to take a closer look at this very stylish vehicle; alas I will have to wait a while until I get my driving hands on one, likely to be in early 2018.
The DS7 Crossback takes the first step towards autonomous driving, innovative technologies such as DS Active LED Vision, DS Connected Pilot and DS Driver Attention Assist increase safety, comfort and peace of mind for both the driver and the passengers.
For the exterior, a new diamond-effect grille, horizontal chrome DS wings and LED rotating headlamps create dynamic lines on the body front, while the interior is available with a choice of four DS Inspiration ambiences reflecting the DS concept of even more personalisation options.
With its LED light signatures, unique interior stitching techniques, and the motorised watch by B.R.M placed on the dashboard, as featured on the DS E-TENSE concept, DS 7 Crossback represents the brand’s vision for the future.
The SUV will be available with a plug-in hybrid petrol drive train with 300bhp and four wheel drive, a new latest generation efficient automatic transmission with eight speeds, a THP S&S 225bhp engine and two electric motors. This newcomer has a lot of on the road presence, in a way it is chunky rather like the new Porsche Cayenne.
The DS7 Crossback will be the flagship for the DS family and every DS combines a wide and unique range of French craftsmanship techniques to reflect the individual expectations of each customer with designers, engineers and upholsterers who have applied their considerable expertise to the vehicle interior, using premium materials and implementing the meticulous approach of true craftsmanship.
The chic, contemporary interior, available with a choice of interior ambiences, reflects the brand’s concept of even more personalisation options. These ambience Inspirations are named Bastille, Rivoli, and Opera, and Performance Line.
Too early at this stage as to even guess what the price of the new vehicle will be. With the new DS comes a taste of motoring in the future and I am on countdown to when I can get behind the wheel.