DS 4 Crossback SUV shown at Frankfurt Motor Show

A high-riding crossover version of the DS 4 has made its public debut at Frankfurt

DS is expanding the DS 4 model with the addition of a DS 4 Crossback crossover of the upmarket family hatchback. DS 4 product manager Uberto Gavazzi describes it as having "a whole new bodystyle and a higher driving position".

The Crossback will be launched at the same as the revised standard DS 4 hatchback. It sits 30mm higher than that car and has a different front grille and large black wheels, as well as black wheelarch extensions and door mirror caps, plus a rear spoiler and roof rails.

Unlike some crossovers, the DS 4 Crossback won't be available with four-wheel drive. Instead, it comes with an 'intelligent traction control system' that boosts grip on slippery surfaces.

There's a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel – all turbocharged. The 1.2-litre three-cylinder makes 128bhp, returns 55mpg fuel economy and and emits 119 grams per kilometre of CO2. The 118bhp 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel returns 72mpg and emits 100g/km of CO2.

The Crossback should help boost sales of the DS 4 range as a whole. To date, the car hasn't matched the sales success of the smaller, stylish DS 3 hatchback, but the addition of a crossover version should increase its appeal to family buyers.

With the larger DS 6 SUV not intended for the UK market, the DS 4 Crossback allows the brand to appeal to buyers here looking for the high driving position and rugged styling typical to crossovers.

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