Flagship DS 9 saloon revealed
DS Automobiles finally reveals its long-awaited range-topping saloon
- Three plug-in hybrid models and a petrol version
- 31 miles of emissions-free driving
- Range expected to start at around £32,000
The DS 9 will be launched with a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 1.6-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, driven through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. In the least powerful version it produces a combined power output of 222bhp and will do 31 miles of emissions-free driving.
DS will also offer a 246bhp version and a range-topping 355bhp E-Tense model with four-wheel drive, all of which will use the same powertrain. An entry-level petrol model with 222bhp will join the range after the three hybrids.
At 4.9 metres long and 1.85m wide, the DS 9 occupies the full-size executive saloon segment, rivalling the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6. It sits on the same EMP2 platform as the DS 7 Crossback family SUV and the Peugeot 508 saloon, both of which are already available as plug-in hybrids.
The DS 9 is designed as a fastback but resembles a traditional three-box saloon. At the front, the styling is reminiscent of the current DS 3 and DS 7 Crossback models thanks to a large 3D diamond-mesh grille. This is also the case with the vertically arranged daytime running lights on the front bumper. DS ‘Active LED Vision’ headlights are also fitted.
The rest of the exterior design is a mixture of modern and classic design elements, including chrome trim along the bonnet towards the windscreen. The high-mounted rear indicators on the C-pillars are a clear tribute to those of the original Citroen DS of the 1950s, the car that the brand is named after.
There’s a full-width third brake light and 3D diamond-pattern LED rear lights that are a similar design to existing DS models, while chrome detailing and smooth bumpers also feature. The side profile mixes smooth curves and a strong sharp line running from the tail lights towards the headlights. The door handles are flush fitting and the car has a two-tone black roof and door mirrors.
The design of the dashboard and interior is familiar from the DS7. There are minor differences, however, including the storage area beneath the infotainment display, the air vents and the door panels.
Given the 2.9-metre wheelbase, passengers in the rear should have plenty of legroom. The rear seats will be available with a massage function and heating and cooling.
It’s expected first deliveries will begin in the UK by the end of 2020, and the entry-level petrol DS 9 will be priced from around £32,000.