DS, the brand with roots in Citroën and which has been operating independently for some time now, has just unveiled the new DS 9. It is, therefore, the first premium saloon car of the brand that arrives to join the two SUVs that currently make up its catalog, see the DS 3 Crossback and the DS 7 Crossback.
Beyond its design, typical of high-end cars, the DS 9 stands out for saying “goodbye” to diesel and betting on three plug-in hybrid models. There is a fourth version, more conventional, in which we find a gasoline engine. At the moment, the price and launch date have not been disclosed, but it will be manufactured in China and will begin to be sold in Europe in the second half of 2020.
The car is almost five meters long and has a wheelbase of almost three meters. Its design, simple and with presence, stands out for having slightly molded panels and some chrome elements, such as those that surround the windows or the enormous line that crosses the bonnet from top to bottom. Inside, the dashboard is similar to that of the DS 7 Crossback, with a 12-inch touchscreen and buttons that remind us of those implemented in the SUV.
The interior will be finished in different high-end materials, such as the Nappa body, the Alcantara, and the glass. Our colleagues at Motorpasion particularly emphasize that, from the images, the rear seat space should be large, and that the seats will be heated, with massage and ventilation.
As far as the engine is concerned, we already said before that the DS 9 says goodbye to diesel to opt for three plug-in hybrid versions and one gasoline. The latter consists of a 225 hp PureTech engine, a power similar to the most basic PHEV version, which is combined with an 80 kW (110 hp) electric motor integrated into the eight-speed gearbox, so it will be of front-wheel drive. The battery is 11.9 kWh and offers a range of between 40 and 50 kilometers (WLTP cycle)
The second version is technically the same but reaches 250 hp. The third and most powerful, meanwhile, shares the mechanics and battery of the Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered, since Peugeot Sport was in charge of developing the most powerful DS 9. We are talking, therefore, of a 200 hp PureTech gasoline engine to which two electric motors are added, one with 112 hp in the front axle and the other with 203 hp in the rear, so it will have all-wheel drive. In total, 360 CV.
The DS 9 can operate in fully electric mode for 50 kilometers. To recharge the battery, the 7.4 kW on-board charger can be used at a public charging station or a domestic recharging station. In both cases, the full charge time is one and a half hours.
Lastly, it should be mentioned that the DS 9 will arrive with level 2 semi-autonomous driving, which means that it can stay only in the lane, park automatically applies night vision, and active suspension. In this way, the car will analyze the road and adjust the condition of the car to adapt it to driving.