DS retouches the DS3 and DS7. They lose their Crossback particle and part of their chrome. Discovery of the two restyled models at the Paris Motor Show.
On the DS Automobiles stand at the Paris Motor Show, the public will be able to discover two restyled models from the range for a few days: the DS3 and DS7. These have lost the surname Crossback which has characterized them until now, and are undergoing more or less significant modifications.
DS7: the updated darling
Revealed last June and already tested in our columns, the “new” DS7 is the one that changes the most. It adopts a new look, more aggressive and less “chrome”, with new daytime running lights and a reworked shield. At the rear, the tailgate has also been revised, with thinner lights, connected by a thin black band while an additional line appears above the license plate.
With this restyling, the DS7 is betting even more on the plug-in hybrid: the 180 hp petrol disappears from the catalog, while an unprecedented 360 hp PHEV variant, the E-Tense 4×4 360, is added for the sports enthusiasts. It uses the technology of the DS9 of the same name, but also of the Peugeot 508 PSE, and adds specific settings to the SUV such as a lowered chassis and new 21-inch rims.
To read: our test of the DS7 E-Tense 225 hp
Timid developments for the city SUV
The restyling of the DS3 is much more timid. The model, however in commercial difficulty, is the one that receives the least modifications from DS. The headlights receive horizontal projectors to try to erase the tortured aspect of the optics at the front, while the shield loses a little chrome. The vertical daytime running lights are inspired by those of the recent DS4. At the rear, no change apart from the strip which loses the designation Crossback for “DS Automobiles”. Ditto on board, where the changes are minor: new steering wheel, redesigned central touch screen with a new version of the DS Iris System infotainment software.
Under the hood of the DS3, the major modification concerns the electric variant DS3 E-Tense. This adopts the brand new version of the electric block of Stellantis, released by the Peugeot e-208 and e-308. The block gains 20 hp (156 hp now) and sees its autonomy increase (402 km, or 61 km more) thanks to a battery capacity increased to 54 kWh.
Photos : Nass M.
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