2017 DS7 Crossback: price and specs revealed, hybrid arriving in 2019
Price and specs have been revealed for the DS 7 Crossback – the French brand’s first SUV. Entry-level Elegance models are set to list from £28,050 when the car arrives in the UK in 2018.
Aimed at taking on the Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q5, the DS7 Crossback actually undercuts both on list price, so can it live up to these premium rivals?
Well it certainly looks the part. From the front, a large diamond-shaped grille helps set off the car’s premium feel, while angular headlights and wraparound rear taillight give it a more individual look compared to many similar sized cars on the market.
On the inside though, if it’s anything like other DS models it won’t feel quite on par with what the Germans can offer in terms of quality. There’s a large infotainment touchscreen, while a digital instrument cluster also features – similar to the Peugeot 5008 on which it is based.
Four trims will be available from launch: Elegance, Performance Line, Prestige and Ultra Prestige. Entry-level Elegance models feature a 1.5-litre 128bhp diesel engine with manual gearbox, leather upholstery, 18in alloy wheels and Lane Departure Warning.
Performance line gets 19in alloys, LED headlights, a larger 12in high-res infotainment touchscreen, satnav, and a DS’ Active Scan Suspension. Range-topping Prestige and Ultra Prestige models will add the likes of a FOCAL Electra stereo, keyless entry, adaptive cruise control, a parking assist system and wireless charger.
Engines include the 1.5-litre diesel that makes up the entry-level option. A 1.6-litre diesel with 178bhp and 400 Nm of torque is available too, while a 1.6-litre petrol engine will be the most powerful option, offering 223bhp. Cars fitted with these will both feature an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The DS7 will only be available in FWD form for now, although a four-wheel-drive could appear in the form of the DS7 E-Tense, a plug-in hybrid that uses two electric motors in conjunction with the 1.6-litre petrol engine. This won’t be on offer until 2019 however, and is set to cost from around £50,000.
Range-topping models feature an innovative suspension set-up known as Active Scan Suspension. It scans up to five metres ahead of the vehicle via cameras and can independently adjust damper controls as necessary. It’s also available as a £1,000 option on the lower trim models.
Available to order now, we’ll bring you lease rates for the DS7 Crossback as soon as they are announced. In the meantime you can read more about the DS brand, or alternatively check out lease deals on the smaller DS4 Crossback.