Hot on the heels of the revised DS five comes this, a similarly fettled DS 4 but with an added twist – DS’s middle model has had an allroad makeover with a raised ride height and some physique cladding to give it some crossover attitude. And Auto Express was granted exclusive access to the new DS 4 Crossback – as effectively as the new DS 4 it really is based on.
“We have a single model, but two distinct bodystyles,” says DS four solution manager Uberto Gavazzi. “The DS 4 is a dynamic hatchback, even though the DS 4 Crossback is a complete new bodystyle with a higher driving position.
“We have to adapt to buyer requirements and appreciate that crossovers account for 30 per cent of all sales in the premium compact hatchback market place.”
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DS has listened to market trends, which is why the crossover DS four Crossback will be launched at the same time as the revised hatch.
In the absence in Europe of the China-only DS six SUV, the Crossback is a neat remedy. It sits 30mm larger than the regular auto with a diverse front grille remedy, huge, black wheels, black wheelarch extensions, door mirror caps and rear spoiler, plus roof rails.
There’s no four-wheel drive on supply as an alternative, DS 4s will be obtainable with the Intelligent Traction Control method, which is developed to add grip on slippery surfaces.
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The engine range is all turbocharged, featuring the award-winning three-cylinder 1.two-litre unit with 128bhp, capable of returning 55mpg with CO2 emissions of 119g/km.
There are also two 1.6-litre engines, petrol and diesel, with the BlueHDi 118bhp version obtaining an impressive torque figure of 300Nm, although nonetheless returning 72mpg and emitting 100g/km. It really is also offered with 148bhp and 178bhp, though efficiency takes a hit in these a lot more effective models.
DS will admit that the DS four has always been the most difficult sell, sitting between the hugely well-known DS 3 and the intriguingly upmarket DS 5.
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These most recent alterations will make life less difficult for dealers, although marking another massive step on the brand’s journey to getting accepted among other premium brands.
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