DS 7 Cross­back to take on the likes of Audi and Range Rover

Loughborough Echo - - MOTORS - By Chris Rus­son

LUX­URY French car brand DS will be go­ing head to head with the likes of Range Rover, Audi and BMW with the launch of its first SUV.

The DS 7 Cross­back is due to ar­rive early next year and in the run up the com­pany has cre­ated a net­work of vir­tual show­rooms where the car can be viewed and or­dered on­line.

Kick­ing off the line up will be a high spec­i­fi­ca­tion, lim­ited edi­tion La Pre­miere model priced from £42,650 put­ting the DS 7 in the same league as the Range Rover Ve­lar and the new Audi Q5.

At 14ft 11ins long the DS 7 is slightly shorter and will be launched with two en­gines – a 2.0-litre diesel de­vel­op­ing 180bhp and a 1.6-litre turbo petrol with 225bhp on tap.

Both make use of an eight-speed auto box with fuel econ­omy rated at 58.8mpg for the diesel and 39.2mpg for the petrol. Emis­sions are 128 and 137g/km re­spec­tively.

Per­for­mance statis­tics are 0 to 60 ac­cel­er­a­tion of 8.3 sec­onds for the petrol ver­sion with a max­i­mum of 141mph and 9.4 sec­onds for the diesel with a top end of 128mph.

The new SUV will be the first all­new DS model to be re­leased since the brand split away from the Citroen sta­ble in 2014 and features a cut­ting-edge in­te­rior with two 12-inch dis­play pan­els re­plac­ing con­ven­tional in­stru­ments.

It also features what DS calls Ac­tive Scan Sus­pen­sion which makes use of a cam­era sys­tem to read road un­du­la­tions and ad­just damp­ing for op­ti­mum com­fort.

Other high tech de­vices in­clude ac­tive LED head­lamps which ro­tate through 180 de­grees when switched on giv­ing the DS 7 an un­mis­tak­able light sig­na­ture.

Op­tional equip­ment will in­clude a night vi­sion pack which alerts driv- ers to po­ten­tial haz­ards in dark­ness at £1,300, a FO­CAL hi-fi sys­tem at £990, au­to­mated park­ing and a sur­round-view cam­era for £600 and the Con­nect­edCAM dash­cam sys­tem first seen on the new DS 3 which comes in at £350.

Stan­dard kit on the La Pre­miere cars will in­clude adap­tive cruise con­trol, lane depar­ture and blind spot mon­i­tors and full con­nec­tiv­ity with sat nav and wire­less phone charg­ing.

Up­mar­ket leather trim, multi coloured am­bi­ent light­ing and a BRM time­piece are also in­cluded on the launch mod­els while boot space ranges from 555 to 1,752 litres and the car sits on 20-inch al­loys.

An all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid ver­sion of the DS 7 is al­ready slated for 2019 which is said to have a zero emis­sion range of al­most 40 miles.

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