Citroen DS3 Crossback spied for the first time

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These first spy images preview the new French SUV

Likely to be badged the DS 3 Crossback, the new car will vie with the next-generation Peugeot 208 to be the first model based on parent company PSA’s all-new small CMP platform.

It’s expected to be just over four meters long and, as previewed in our exclusive images, it’ll mix existing DS 3 styling cues with design language introduced on the forthcoming DS 7 Crossback. The model is unlikely to be a direct replacement for the existing DS 3. This car will continue to be sold alongside the newcomer until at least the end of the decade – albeit with infotainment upgrades as well as further special editions.

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The DS 3 Crossback will be PSA’s first small car to make use of the electrified version of the chassis parts, called e-CMP – and that means DS will be able to offer the Crossback as a pure EV as well. Figures published by DS show the car will have a 115-hp electric motor and a 50‑kWh battery that gives a range of 450 kilometers.

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This version is likely to arrive soon after the conventionally powered editions because PSA has already said that the first e-CMP car – which, by rights, will be the DS 3 Crossback – will reach showrooms in 2019. It’ll join a plug-in hybrid version of the DS 7 Crossback in DS’s electrified line-up. The DS 7 Crossback is the first vehicle to properly embody the four core values that have been laid out for the separate DS brand: design, comfort, French luxury, and technology.

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