2022 DS 3 Crossback E-Tense gets more range

Minor updates to the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense extend maximum range to 212 miles

DS3
  • Increase in range of up to 7%
  • New tyres developed by Continental
  • No price increase

French luxury brand DS has announced that the electric DS 3 Crossback E-Tense SUV has been updated for 2022, increasing its range by up to 7%. This follows similar updates by fellow Stellantis brand Peugeot, which announced improved ranges for the e-208 and e-2008 models. The new DS 3 Crossback E-Tense is available to order now.

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The outgoing DS 3 Crossback E-Tense offers a range of around 200 miles on a full charge but the updates increase that figure to 212 miles. The DS 3 still lags behind rivals like the Hyundai Kona Electric but the difference has now shrunk. 

To achieve the improved range, the new car features an upgraded heat pump that can more efficiently generate hot air for the air conditioning system, therefore decreasing overall energy consumption. 

More improvements have been made via a tweaked gear ratio and the inclusion of new 17-inch tyres developed by Continental. These are constructed using silicon to decrease rolling resistance as well as unwanted tyre noise, simultaneously improving range and comfort.

Despite these improvements, the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense doesn’t cost more to buy. The compact electric SUV is currently on sale with a starting price of £34,000 (£31,500 including the £2,500 government plug-in grant). This still makes the DS 3 Crossback more expensive than Vauxhall Corsa-e with which it shares its platform.

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