The French urban crossover has been renewed in all areas

DS, the premium brand spun off from Citroën, was present in the urban size class until 2019 with a classic hatchback – this was the DS 3. Its successor was a small crossover, which was marketed under the name DS 3 Crossback to avoid confusion. Now, however, the distinction no longer makes sense, which is why the model got its old name (if not its old format) back during the just announced model update.

The French urban crossover has been renewed in all areas

During the sewing up of the wrinkles, the details of the model were adapted to the image of the brand, which had been slightly transformed in the meantime: the cooling mask is new and wider; the headlights are now LED in all cases (you can even get adaptive matrix headlights for an extra charge), and their design has also changed. The daytime running light runs straight along both sides of the bumper instead of the former curved one. The handles are still designed to fit into the side wall.

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On the left is the original, on the right is the renewed DS 3

The aerodynamic elements, the placement and design of the branding, as well as the rear, where a lacquered black strip connects the lamps, have been changed. The wheel rims are especially large, 17 or 18 inches, and the color selection has been expanded with a special shade of red.

In the passenger compartment, the line of demanding materials and functions reminiscent of the luxury category (e.g. armchairs with a massage function) continues. The steering wheel has been renewed, and the controls for the driver support and multimedia functions have been rearranged. The new 10.3-inch central display is now standard equipment. The instrument unit has a 7-inch head-up display that also informs the driver.

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The DS 3 is still available with internal combustion engines, the 100 hp gasoline engine gets a manual transmission, the 130 hp engines (gasoline and diesel) are equipped with an eight-speed automatic. The E-Tense battery electric version has undergone a fundamental change: like the Peugeot e-208, it also received Stellantis’ new, self-developed battery pack (with a capacity of 54 kWh instead of the previous 50), while the 100 kW electric motor has been replaced with a 115 kW os (156 HP) unit was replaced. The range according to the WLTP standard is now 402 kilometers – the company promises 500 kilometers in the city. The 400V electrical system can be charged with 11 kW of alternating current and up to 100 kW of direct current.

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With its consumption of 12.6 kWh/100 km, the powertrain is one of the most economical: this was achieved by installing a heat pump, liquid cooling the battery, reducing the ground clearance, installing tires with low rolling resistance (large diameter but narrow) and other modifications.

The range of on-board technologies is now strengthened by wireless smartphone integration, 360-degree environmental display working with new, high-resolution cameras, and countless advanced driver support functions. The musical experience is ensured by a 12-speaker Focal hi-fi system with up to 515 watts, the car offers full online and remote control functions.

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