The all-wheel-drive DS 7 Crossback is a ground breaker for the French brand in a couple of ways: it is the brand's first genuine SUV-like product and also its first with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain – a 150kW turbocharged 2.0-litre engine paired with a pair of 80kW electric motors (one driving the front wheels and the other driving the rear). DS says the combined output is 225kW and the pure-electric range is 60kms.
In addition, the DS 7 Crossback will be offered with a choice of three covnentional petrol engines (97kW/six-speed manual as well as 150kW and 135kW powerplants driving via eight-speed automatic transmissions). Two diesels (97kW and 135kW) complete the lineup.
Styling follows the direction set by the 2016 E-Tense concet, with a powerful front-end with a large grille and lower air-intake, a blend of horizontal and vertical chrome highlights, and large daytime running lights.
The side profile is almost a conventional SUV look but handsome curves around the wheelarches and bold character lines front and rear provide an up-market style.
The rear view is also powerful and punctuated by so-called 3D tail-lights.
Interior looks are a standout with twin 12-inch screens – a central one for infotainment/navigation and one in front of the driver housing the instrument display - a stylish dashboard layout and an upscale look for the centre console.
And there is no shortage of technology either with semi-autonomous driving technology, self parking, active cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and a night vision system.
Underneath, DS has equipped the DS 7 Crossback with a front-view camera system linked to active suspension which adjusts according to detected road imperfections.
At this stage, the DS 7 Crossback has yet to be confirmed for the Australian market.