New DS 4 plug-in hybrid set for 2021 launch
DS 4 crossover spotted testing; taller Crossback version rumoured
- Third DS SUV to get new styling
- Part of DS’ expansion plans
- Due on sale next year
A new DS 4 is on the way, judging by these spy shots, and will get styling in keeping with the brand’s other SUVs. You’ll be able to buy the DS 4 in 2021, with prices likely to start from around £28,000.
Sitting between the DS 3 and DS 7 Crossback SUVs, the DS 4 will set its sights on premium small crossovers like the Mercedes GLA and Volvo XC40. While this camouflage wrap makes it look a little similar to the new Vauxhall Mokka, the DS 4 will be bigger than the Corsa-based Mokka and is expected to sit on a different platform.
Through the camouflage, we can make out slim headlights like the ones you’d find on the DS 7, and DS’ diamond motifs are visible in the rear lights. A sloping roofline tapers down to a sharply styled rear end but it looks like the rear window will be quite small. What is clear is that the new DS 4 will introduce opening rear windows - strangely, the last car had fixed rear windows, which was one of its disappointing features.
The warning sticker on this prototype mentions a lithium-ion battery but the exhaust pipe and grilles give away that it’s a plug-in hybrid model. It’s not known whether it’ll use the same powertrain as the bigger DS 7 Crossback E-Tense, which comes with a 1.6-litre petrol engine and the choice of front- or four-wheel drive. Front-driven models get 222bhp and a 34-mile range, while four-wheel drive versions boast 296bhp and a quicker 0-62mph time.
Petrol and, probably, diesel engines will join the plug-in hybrid variant. The PSA Group’s common 1.2 and 1.6-litre petrol engines, with 128bhp and 178bhp respectively, are the most likely options, while the Group’s 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesel engines produce the same power figures. A fully electric version seems unlikely but one would compete against the BMW iX1 and Volkswagen ID.4.
The last DS 4 came as standard and Crossback versions, with the latter said to be a little more crossover-like. If that’s replicated this time around, we’d expect the Crossback to look more rugged and have a taller ride height. A DS 9 luxury saloon is also in the pipeline.
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