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New DS 9 plug-in hybrid saloon revealed


DS Automobiles will expand its model line-up with a new plug-in hybrid executive saloon, the DS 9.

Based on an extended version of the EMP2 platform that underpins the Peugeot 508, the DS 9 has the same footprint and a BMW 5 Series.

The longer wheelbase setup is said to “greatly benefit” rear passenger space.

It will offer fleet customers an alternative in the German-dominated segment.

Initially, the DS 9 will be powered by the same E-Tense plug-in hybrid petrol engine as the DS 7 Crossback – providing 225PS and a zero-emission range of 25-31 miles.

There will also be a 250PS version with a longer electric range and a range-topping 360PS version with all-wheel-drive.

DS says a 225PS petrol-only version will also be offered, but it is unlikely to appeal to fleet customer.

With a nod to the original 1955 Citroen DS, the DS 9 has cone shaped indicator lights at the outside edges of the roof.

Luxury features such as heated, cooled and massaging leather seats will be offered, along with a leather covered dashboard and Alcantara roof lining.

A new bonding process used during production ensures vibration and noise is kept to a minimum. The car is also fitted with acoustic glass to reduce outside noise.

DS Active Scan Suspension uses a camera and sensors to adjust the suspension to road imperfections – keeping the ride as smooth as possible.

Other technology highlights include Drive Assist, a lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control system, plus an infra-red night vision camera that can detect pedestrians, cyclists and animals on the road ahead.

Sales are expected to commence in the second half of 2020. Prices and specifications have not yet been released.

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