Well finally! Somehow we hadn’t believed in the SUV hype anymore. But at the Geneva Salon, PSA’s noble daughter DS finally unveils an heir to the 1955 Citroën DS, the CX, XM and C6. After the latter was discontinued in 2012, the DS 5 (until 2018) was never able to fill this gap properly.
The DS 9 is different. One detail shows how seriously the Citroën noble deposit DS takes tradition: Like the “Goddess” (fr. La déesse) DS, the turn signals are located on the upper corners of the DS-9 rear window with yellow side markers. To shine. Inside there is a classy interior in DS style. We do not know exactly what switches with “Guilloche Clous de Paris” (DS press release) are, but it looks opulent.
Elegance instead of gimmicks
There are no playful shapes in the design, but clear surfaces and elegant lines – wow! The 4.93-meter limo looks confident. Technically, the DS 9 is a brother of the Peugeot sister company 508 from PSA, but thanks to the scalable EMP2 platform, it has a larger wheelbase. The place should be accordingly princely. In order for comfort to float in French, there is a chassis that “reads” the road condition by camera and adjusts itself to it in a flash.
Almost only with a plug
At the market launch there is the 225 hp (165 kW) 1.6-liter plug-in hybrid (E-Tense) with 40 to 50 kilometers of electrical WLTP range. The 11.9 kWh battery is full with up to 7.4 kW after one and a half hours. Even later versions are usually pre-charged by plug, including a variant with 250 hp (184 kW) and more range, as well as the top model: a 360 hp (264 kW) plug-in hybrid that is the only model with all-wheel drive instead of front-wheel drive.
In addition, the only non-electrified petrol engine comes with a 225 HP (165 kW). All drives switch with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Smartphone on wheels
Semi-autonomous driving at level 2 is just as possible as everything else the PSA group has in high-tech, including an infrared camera. The owner can open and start using the app and release the DS 9 for up to five other app users. The DS 9 comes to us in autumn. The prices are currently unknown.