2020 DS3 Crossback Review; Mind Blowing Urban SUV
The second model of the young DS brand, the 2020 DS3 Crossback will be presented as a world premiere at the Paris Motor Show. In a year, this little SUV that does not really know equivalent will give birth to an electric variant.
At the rate of a new vehicle per year, DS Automobiles, which since 2014 has become the PSA Group’s third brand and is responsible for representing the group’s colors in the high-end world, is continuing to (re) build its range. By 2024, it should have six vehicles. Less than a year after the launch of the DS7 Crossback, here is the 2020 DS3 Crossback, the second vehicle of the new era DS. Model with great commercial potential, this small SUV represents an essential part of the brand’s development strategy. It does not replace the DS3 which continues for at least a few months still its commercial career with a unique offer, the Pure Tech 110 associated with the six-speed automatic transmission.
Launched next spring, the DS3 Crossback inaugurates the new modular platform CMP (Common Modular Platform) dedicated to small cars of the group. It will serve as a base for the next Peugeot 208 and Opel Corsa. Modern and modular, this technical base can accommodate both conventional powertrain and electric. The DS3Crossback will be the first city car in the group to have a 100% electric variant. This new platform, which generates a gain of 30% in rigidity and 4 g / km of CO2 and a saving of weight of 30% compared to the one that it replaces, was developed around large wheels of 690 mm and an aluminum front cradle and new high strength steels. And above all, it must allow more freedom of style to the designers of the four brands of the group (Citroën, DS, Opel, and Peugeot ). It finds its full expression in the volumes of the DS3 Crossback.
2020 DS3 Crossback Design & Size
Under the direction of Jean-Pierre Ploué, the design director of the PSA group, Thierry Metro’s team can boast of having sketched a vehicle that captivates the eyes. To avoid distracting the owners of DS3 and attract fans of a 5-door versatile but not disproportionate, the team in charge of the project is committed to preserving compactness. The temptation was great to add a wheelbase of 55 mm but the direction of the product was finally held at 4.12 m, the length of a Renault Captur and 40 mm less than the Peugeot 2008. We approve this decision which allowed the designers to achieve a balanced silhouette with a perfect ratio between the height of the sides and that of the windows around wheels at the four corners.
For having already been able to take place onboard this new DS, we can say that the rear habitability does not suffer from this compactness. Admittedly, to keep three big guys in the rear seats will be a feat, but we were pleasantly surprised to discover a leg length greater than that of the AudiQ2 admitting 4,19 m. We are more bothered by the shark fin that goes up along the middle foot and reduces the lateral visibility and the opening width of the electric windows.
The question of renewing this trait of style, true originality of the DS3, has not long been debated. This aesthetic signature has forced the installation of invisible window seals. On the other hand, the adoption of flush door handles, a first at this level of the range, has long been debated because of its cost. The management control has decided: this style feature will be found on the next DS. Approaching the car within 1.5 meters with the remote control in the pocket, the car unlocks and the four handles automatically deploy. When you go further than 1.5 meters,
The combination of DS (DS Wing’s grille, the light signature at the ends of the shields, floating roof) with compactness and suggestive curves has given birth to a small SUV that is a nerve. If we refer to the models of the premium universe currently available on the market, the 2020 DS3 Crossback represents by its positioning an offer that does not really know any equivalent. At MINI, a Clubman claims 4.25 m and a Countryman 4.30 m. The compactness of the DS3 Crossback can be an asset to evolve in the city. Its width is 1.79 m and its height reaches 1.53 m, 30 mm less than 2008. The ground clearance reaches 285 mm.
2020 DS3 Crossback Interior
The personalization program of the DS3 and the multitude of color and interior combinations of the DS7 Crossback served as a basis for the development of the new small SUV DS universe. The customer will have the choice between three colors of the pavilion (white, black or burgundy), to coordinate with the 10 colors of cash, which accentuates the impression of a floating roof. To harmonize the bodywork with the interior, the customer will then have the choice between no less than five atmospheres.
The interior worlds reflect the spirit of leather goods introduced by the DS7 Crossback. Depending on the finish – Montmartre, Bastille, Performance Line, Rivoli, Opéra, not to mention the launch version “La Première” – the 2020 DS3 Crossback is dressed in full-grain leather or Nappa leather, suede or leather. a braided knit textile, with stitching in pearl stitch or diamond pattern. DS’s dedication to defending craftsmanship and methods of achievement in luxury leather goods should be commended here. The not always obvious ergonomics go through window lifts installed on the central tunnel in a guilloché metal part.
Taking the shape of the diamond, the DS signature, the five blocks of the center console incorporate touch controls. The handset facing the driver is also digital and the top of the board is occupied by a large 10.3-inch color touchpad. We also note the presence of a color head-up display that is based on a translucent blade, a high-performance Focal hifi installation option (515 W and 12 speakers) and the movement of the vents in the doors. The comfort has been the subject of special care. As such, the DS3 Crossback will receive the Park Assist. This system automatically manages parking operations (steering wheel, accelerator and braking). This SUV is also a step towards autonomous driving with level 2 equipment. It is equipped with the system of DS Drive Assist, combining adaptive cruise control and steering, with automatic emergency braking (operational day and night) active up to 140 km / h. Thanks to the technology of its projectors, the dipped beam is recovering from 110 km / h to illuminate an extended field of vision.
2020 DS3 Crossback Engine Specs & Performance
The modernity of the DS3 Crossback is also expressed under the hood carved. At launch next spring, the range of this SUV will be composed of 3-cylinder latest generation. The 100 hp Pure Tech petrol and Blue-HDi diesel combined with a 6-speed manual transmission, the 130 hp Pure Tech petrol also associated with the 8-speed automatic transmission, the 155 hp Pure Tech petrol also served with the car box. Two months later, the 130 hp diesel coupled to the gearbox will be launched in its turn.
As for the DS3 Crossback E-Tense, the first 100% electric model of the brand, it will invest our roads in October 2019. The power of the electric motor installed at the front is 100 kW (136 hp); the torque of 260 Nm. The electrical module will be powered by a 50 kWh battery placed under the floor. DS is already announcing that its zero-emission SUV will reach 100 km / h in 8.7 seconds and that the range will be more than 300 km, according to the WLTP standard. Recharging the lithium-ion battery will only take 5 hours on an 11 kW wall box and a 100 km high-speed charger will recover 9 km per minute.
Rates will be known at the Paris Motor Show where DS will open orders. The entry-level should be around 20,000 euros.