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Paris Motor Show 2018: DS 3 Crossback revealed

Published 02 October 2018

Citroen's upmarket offshoot DS Automobiles has uncovered its new compact crossover at the Paris Motor Show 2018. The DS 3 Crossback will go on sale in 2019 and will be offered with petrol, diesel or electric power. 

Intended to be an indirect replacement for the ageing DS 3 supermini, the DS 3 Crossback is the second standalone model from DS since it split from Citroen in 2015. It'll sit below the DS 7 Crossback in the firm's range and rival the likes of the Volkswagen T-Roc and Toyota C-HR.

It'll be the first DS model to be sold with an all-electric powertrain, with EV models boasting an official WLTP range of 186 miles. Prices are yet to be confirmed, but expect it to be considerably more than the £15,000 you'll pay for an entry-level DS 3.

Powered by a 100kW motor (producing 136PS) and a 50kW lithium-ion battery, the DS 3 Crossback electric will take five hours to charge from a 11kW wall box. It can also be boosted from empty to 80 per cent in around 30 minutes, when hooked up to a 100kW fast charger. 

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Petrol and diesel engines will also be available, with the latter comprising of the familiar PSA 1.5-litre BlueHDi with 100PS. Petrols with be based on the 1.2-litre PureTech unit that's found in the Peugeot 3008 and offered in three outputs: 100PS, 130PS and 155PS. Buyers will also get the choice of manual or automatic transmissions, with the 155PS version getting PSA's latest EAT8 auto with eight-speeds.

There are no details about fuel economy or CO2 emissions, but DS has waxed lyrically about the flush-fitting door handles that will pop out when you unlock the car and fold back into the body as you drive away.

The interior will have space for four adults and provide 352 litres of boot space, which is 67-litres more than the DS 3 hatch. The cabin will be more luxurious too, with body-hugging leather seats, single touch controls for the windows, air vents built into the doors and thicker glass windows that should reduce road noise to a mere whisper.

The DS 3 Crossback will go on sale in spring 2019.

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Click play above to watch our 60-second overview of the DS 3 Crossback 

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