DS introduces regular hybrid versions of DS 3 and DS 4

DS Automobiles has introduced two non-plug-in hybrids to its model range: the DS 3 and DS 4 Hybrid, which make use of Stellantis’ new mild hybrid 1.2 three-cylinder engine, offering a nearly 20% reduction in fuel consumption. But more electric news is coming later this year.

The new 1.2 PureTech Hybrid engine was introduced last year on several Peugeot models, including the facelifted 208. It uses an updated version of the well-known three-cylinder engine, now using a timing chain, a turbocharger with variable geometry, and the more efficient Miller combustion cycle.

More powerful than most mild hybrids

An e-DCS6 dual-clutch automatic gearbox with a 21 kW (28 hp) electric motor built-in provides the electric boost, powered by a 48 V battery with a 0.9 kWh capacity. The result is a combined power figure of 100 kW (136 hp), and 15 to 20 percent lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to the regular gasoline engine. At low speeds, the new Hybrid drivetrain can even drive on electric power only, making it more powerful than other mild hybrids.

The DS 4 also gets the new Hybrid drivetrain but will get a fully electric version later in 2024 / DS Automobiles

This new engine is now also available in the DS 3 and DS 4 models, which are already available to order starting at 35,200 euros and 39,950 euros, respectively. New trim levels are also available for the DS 4 Hybrid, which references the classic Citroën DS models: Pallas and Étoile.

Fully electric DS models coming later this year

But DS is gearing up to take the next step in its electrification later this year. A fully electric version of the DS 4 is coming soon, followed by an all-new model on the STLA Medium platform (Peugeot E-3008, Opel Grandland Electric), which promises over 700 km of WLTP range thanks to a 98 kWh battery.

This new model, possibly a successor to the DS 7, will be produced in Melfi, Italy. The plant over there currently produces the Jeep Compass, Renegade, and Fiat 500X. The future Opel Manta SUV and Lancia Gamma will likely also be built there on the same platform.


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