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Old 07-02-2018, 08:14 AM   #1
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Car News - DS 7 CROSSBACK: THE NEW SUV BY DS, INNOVATIVE SAVOIR-FAIRE FROM PARIS

DS 7 CROSSBACK is the first of a new-generation of models being introduced by DS Automobiles.
•Heralding a new era for DS, the new SUV combines the latest technological innovations with the brand’s Parisian savoir-faire, introducing new levels of driving comfort and performance.
•Aimed at customers who are in tune with the latest trends, appreciate the world of luxury and prefer to express their unique personality.

2018 sees the launch of a sophisticated vehicle with a world premiere for DS Automobiles. DS 7 CROSSBACK is an SUV with a strong personality, and ideally proportioned to embody the perfect balance between comfort and style, and leads with many desirable features;

CHARISMATIC IN DESIGN
•Elegant and comfortable proportions
•DS ACTIVE LED VISION
•Hypnotic 3D rear lights
•Two 12” instrumentation screens with innovative interface

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
•High levels of driving comfort
•PHEV & EAT8
•DS PILOT – Autonomous driving 2.0
•DS SAFETY: DS NIGHT VISION
•DS LOUNGE: DS ACTIVE SCAN SUSPENSION

DS 7 CROSSBACK is a stylish vehicle that features a wide range of attributes. Taking the first step towards autonomous driving, innovative technologies such as DS ACTIVE LED VISION, DS CONNECTED PILOT and DS DRIVER ATTENTION ASSIST increase safety, comfort and peace of mind for both the driver and the passengers. For the exterior, a new diamond-effect grille, horizontal chrome DS Wings and LED rotating headlamps create dynamic lines on the body front, while the interior is available with a choice of four DS Inspiration ambiences reflecting the DS concept of even more personalisation options.

With its LED light signatures, unique interior stitching techniques, and the motorised watch by B.R.M placed on the dashboard, as featured on DS E-TENSE concept, DS 7 CROSSBACK represents the brand’s vision for the future. The SUV will be available with a plug-in hybrid petrol drivetrain with 300hp and 4X4, a new latest-generation Efficient Automatic Transmission with 8-speeds, a THP S&S 225hp engine and two electric motors.

Charismatic, powerful and engaging, DS 7 CROSSBACK immediately reveals its unique personality and beautifully proportioned design.

The horizontal chrome DS WINGS on the front conveys a sense of prestige with their strong, balanced lines. The DS emblem, redesigned for this new era, takes up a prominent stance in the centre of the new diamond-effect grille, resembling a coat of arms. The bonnet features subtle ribbing in the centre and the bi-ton mirrors emphasize the length and solidity of DS 7 CROSSBACK. The sharp edges of the front and rear wings sculpt the sides to enhance the muscular beauty of this SUV. The wraparound tailgate showcases an imposing rear design, and emphasises the distinctive rear lights, designed with illuminated scales, and featuring scrolling directional indicators. This remarkable SUV stands apart for its presence and an interior optimised for all occupants, conveying an immediate sense of sumptuous comfort and space.

DS 7 CROSSBACK is immediately recognisable, by day or by night, from the front and from the rear
DS has always placed particular emphasis on the light signature of its vehicles, and it continues to be a key feature of DS styling. Resembling faceted jewels, the LED modules of the DS ACTIVE LED VISION headlamps emit a purple light when DS 7 CROSSBACK is unlocked, before pivoting by 180°. The distinctive effect is visible by day or night, whether the vehicle is moving or stationary. The brand's instantly recognisable light signature is emphasised by the vertical beads of the daytime-running lights, combined with the scrolling indicators. As for the rear, each light is a full LED made up of illuminated scales. The lighting designers used advanced laser engraving technology to design this unique signature, referred to as DS 3D REAR LIGHTS, and achieve exceptional precision.

Two wide screens for an innovative display
The ‘style’ aspect is also reflected in the interior, with two 12-inch screens positioned at the heart of the cabin. The first is an innovation in the world of SUVs: it works with the navigation system as well as managing the multimedia interface, MirrorScreen and DS CONNECT functions. The second is a personalisable screen dedicated to the digital instrument cluster.

Four inspirations for a bespoke interior
The chic, contemporary interior of DS 7 CROSSBACK, available with a choice of interior ambiences, reflects the brand’s concept of even more personalisation options. These ambience ‘Inspirations’ are named Bastille, Rivoli, and Opera, and PERFORMANCE Line.

The elegance of premium materials
"Each material and each detail of DS 7 CROSSBACK was inspired by the world of Haute Couture whose rigour and sensuality is visible in the very smallest detail." Thierry Metroz, Director of Style, DS Automobiles

Reflecting the highest standards of craftsmanship, considerable thought went into every detail of the ‘Inspirations’ and the materials used, in terms of their selection (such as leather, wood or Alcantara®), and positioning inside the car. These ‘Inspirations’ encompass a wide area designed to meet high standards of quality, extending from the dashboard to the door panels and from the consoles to the seats. The steering wheel and roof grab handles, for example, can be fully upholstered in leather, as well as the centre console - a finish that is rarely seen for this category of car. Depending on the ‘Inspiration’ selected, even the control switch can be specified in crystal.

Guided by exquisite attention to detail
DS 7 CROSSBACK naturally reflects the design trademarks featured on all DS Automobiles latest models. The watch strap design of the Nappa leather seats enhanced by 'pearl' stitching on the dashboard, door panels and console are discreet but visible enough symbols of brand identity. The toggle-switches on the chrome-finished central console feature a ‘Clous de Paris’ guilloche trim finish.


Of all the decorative motifs, 'Clous de Paris' is considered the most classic in its beauty, fine lines and balance. It was designed by Abraham-Louis Breguet, the French founder of the Breguet watchmaking company that introduced the technique in watchmaking in 1786. The motif features hollowed lines that intersect to form tiny pyramidal decoration features.

Pearl stitching is used to form a pearl-shaped pattern. This feature is inspired by an embroidery technique used in Haute Couture to produce highly sophisticated details. It was a natural choice for DS upholsterers to draw on the great French tradition to decorate stitched interiors, upholstered seats and make this stitching technique a distinctive and appealing brand design feature.

Time in motion
DS is continuing its partnership with B.R.M Chronographs, with an exclusive animated timepiece, the B.R.M R180. Centred on the dashboard, it leaves its setting and pivots 180o when DS 7 CROSSBACK is started.

The idea behind the 4 ‘Inspirations’ of DS 7 CROSSBACK was revealed in September 2014 on the Divine DS Concept car, a model with ‘Haute Couture’ personalisation. The DS E-TENSE Concept car, revealed in 2016, featured DS light signatures, with DS ACTIVE LED VISION at the front and scale-design lights at the rear, the guillochage and ‘Clous de Paris’ motif, the motorised watch by B.R.M and the cooperation with Focal®.

Technology for greater efficiency and driving comfort
“A plug-in hybrid petrol drivetrain with 300hp and 4X4, features the latest new-generation Efficient Automatic Transmission 8-speed (EAT8), THP 225 S&S petrol engine, two electric motors and, above all, endowed DS 7 CROSSBACK with the best innovative features and enhancements. This is a car in which power goes hand-in-hand with real performance, respects the environment and provides increased safety.” Eric Apode, VP, Products and Business Development

THE ULTIMATE IN DRIVING PLEASURE

A high-performance hybrid E-TENSE: 300bhp and 37miles range in zero emission mode
"Each DS model will be available in a high-performance hybrid version. And DS will be the first PSA Group brand to launch a petrol PHEV," said Eric Apode at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. This ambition becomes a reality with the 300hp, 4X4 plug-in hybrid petrol drivetrain, available from spring 2019 on DS 7 CROSSBACK.

“For DS, hybrids are not only about performance and efficiency. They are also designed to optimise cabin space and boot capacity." adds Eric Apode, VP, Products and Business Development

This is certainly the case on DS 7 CROSSBACK, with its unique, ingenious architecture: the automatic electric gearbox is positioned in a transverse layout.

The battery, which powers the rear axle, is of compact dimensions and placed under the cabin. This layout means that the floor is virtually flat in row 2: a key advantage in terms of space optimisation.

As a result, customers will enjoy exceptional dynamic performance on the open road and in the city, along with significant range: the SUV covers up to 37miles in zero emission mode, while maintaining generous interior space and a boot capacity that sets it apart from the competition.

E-TENSE, the hybrid powertrain by DS
DS 7 CROSSBACK features a plug-in hybrid petrol drivetrain comprising:
•A 200hp petrol engine
•two electric motors (with an output of 80kW / 109hp each),
•The new Efficient Automatic Transmission with 8-speeds (EAT8), positioned transversely across the front axle, between the 200hp petrol engine and one of the electric motors
•A lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 13kW/h and output of 90kW, positioned under the row 2 seat floor,
•A powered rear axle driven by a second electric motor delivering a remarkable level of performance and in so doing, providing a 4X4 application and capability.

The additional energy supplied by the two electric motors (up to 80kW each and 90kW combined) to the petrol engine takes power available to 300hp.

This version has three possible operating modes: 100% electric, hybrid, or combined. The battery regenerates when the vehicle decelerates (throttle off or while braking).

In all-electric use, the 13kW/h battery delivers range of up to 37miles. This efficiency is helped by optimised aerodynamics.

In standard mode, charging takes 4½hours. In fast mode, it can take less than 2½hours, with a 6.6kW charger that plugs into a 32A socket.

Five powertrains with dynamic personalities
Alongside the E-TENSE hybrid, DS 7 CROSSBACK will ultimately be available with a choice of five powerful, highly-efficient, high-torque internal combustion engines compliant with the Euro 6.2 standard and will also premiere the new-generation Efficient Automatic Transmission with 8-speeds (EAT8): three petrol power units (THP 225 S&S EAT8, THP 180 S&S EAT8, PureTech (twice voted engine of the year in 2015 and 2016) 130 S&S 6-speed manual) and two Diesel units (BlueHDi 130 S&S - with a choice of 6-speed manual or EAT8 - and the BlueHDi 180 EAT8).

These engines endow DS 7 CROSSBACK with a broad-range of character and performance. The state-of-the-art technologies (injection pressure of 200bar for the THP engine, Stop&Start systems, etc.) keep CO2 emissions on a par with the best-in-class.

The Efficient Automatic Transmission with 8-speeds (EAT8)
The EAT8 is far more than just an 8-speed automatic gearbox. It both delivers fuel savings by keeping engine speeds as low as possible, and contributes to driving pleasure with its new quick gear-changing strategies, it is above all compatible with the autonomous driving functions on DS 7 CROSSBACK – with DS PARK ASSIST and DS CONNECTED PILOT.

In summary:
•Fuel savings of 4% compared with the preceding 6-speed automatic gearbox, due to a new control strategy, a Stop&Start function activated at speeds of up to 2mph, and weight savings of around 2kg
•Enhanced driving pleasure through quiet operation, smoother and more discreet gear changing with the 8speeds, a new gearshift pattern, and features an uprated ECU
•Access to the Advanced Traction Control (ATC) system for extra grip in low grip or mixed surface driving conditions

ON THE ROAD TO AUTONOMOUS DRIVING
"Our customers will appreciate the mix of advanced technology and design that is unique to DS Automobiles. The latest innovations available on DS 7 CROSSBACK give it technological edge. New driving aids further enhance safety and driving comfort, paving the way for the autonomous car." Eric Apode, DS VP Products and Business Development

DS CONNECTED PILOT: drive or be driven?
DS CONNECTED PILOT makes it possible to delegate driving and also to take back control at any time. Taking another step towards autonomous driving, this system is more than just a driving aid: DS CONNECTED PILOT provides maximum support at all times, taking over on the driver’s command.

This truly innovative system features Stop & Go Active Cruise Control, which adjusts vehicle speed accordingly to the car in front. This function acts on the steering to precisely position DS 7 CROSSBACK in its road lane, respecting the driver's choices and habits. Active at speeds of up to 112mph according to national speed limit legislation, it controls the vehicle's speed and course for the driver. Particularly useful in traffic jams or on the motorway, this function contributes to safety, efficiency and peace of mind at the wheel of the DS 7 CROSSBACK.

Staying on course
The on-board camera of DS CONNECTED PILOT recognises broken and unbroken road markings. While driving, it continuously analyses the image of the road ahead to understand the vehicle’s situation. If DS 7 CROSSBACK deviates from the road markings or accidentally crosses a white line, the system gently moves the wheel slightly in the opposite direction to keep it on course. If the driver wishes to maintain the vehicle's trajectory, they can cancel the corrective manoeuvre by keeping a grip on the steering wheel, particularly if or when taking action to avoid a potential collision. The corrective manoeuvre is also interrupted if the indicators are activated. This function is activated from 18mph and is then operational between 0 and 112mph. This ingenious system is also able to manage DS 7 CROSSBACK in traffic jams: the car restarts automatically without driver action. Driving comfort is maintained, without pointless stress or unnecessary action.

DS PARK PILOT: the option for easy parking
Taking the first step towards autonomous vehicles also means taking the first step towards automatic parking. To reflect this, DS 7 CROSSBACK is available as an option with an innovative driving aid, DS PARK PILOT. With this new technology, the car can park alone, in reverse or parallel to the kerb, without manual use of the steering wheel or pedals.

DS PARK PILOT is able to identify a parking space corresponding to the dimensions of DS 7 CROSSBACK simply by driving past spaces at a speed of up to 18mph. The driver then uses the touchscreen interface to indicate how they wish to park in reverse with a parallel or bay parking manoeuvre. The ultrasound sensors of DS PARK PILOT, built into the lower part of the bumpers at front and rear, control and steer the car automatically. To ensure safety, the driver can take back control of the vehicle at any time by releasing the button on the gearbox. All the driver needs to do is press the Park button and wait for DS 7 CROSSBACK to park itself.

Parking without effort
With this new parking aid, unlike other similar systems, the driver does not need to manage acceleration, braking or gear changes, when entering or leaving a parking space. With DS PARK PILOT, active at speeds of up to 3mph, DS 7 CROSSBACK is able to park seamlessly, in line with the vehicles around it.

DS SAFETY: vigilance at all moments
On long journeys, inattention on the part of the driver may be synonymous with danger. Driving – and being driven in – DS 7 CROSSBACK ensures peace-of-mind at all times, as drivers and passengers benefit from the best technologies for avoiding collision.

DS NIGHT VISION: visibility by night
DS NIGHT VISION optimises road visibility by night. The infrared camera in the front grille identifies objects, pedestrians and animals on the road at a distance of up to 100m. The digital instrument cluster shows the driver the area around the car (within the driver's line of vision), with a red line around any sources of potential danger. Forewarned, the driver can best react to the situation. DS 7 CROSSBACK is the first C-segment vehicle to include Night Vision, a function generally reserved for vehicles beyond the C-SUV Premium segment.

DS DRIVER ATTENTION MONITORING: preventing inattention
Lack of attention and drowsiness are the main causes of accidents on the motorway. The technology of DS 7 CROSSBACK identifies any reduction in driver alertness. Using an infrared camera above the steering wheel, DS DRIVER ATTENTION MONITORING monitors three signals: the eyes for signs of tiredness (blinking); the face and head movements for signs of distraction; and the course steered by the car in its road lane (deviations or steering movements by the driver).

As soon as DS DRIVER ATTENTION MONITORING identifies an anomaly with respect to any one of these three factors – non-linear or erratic movements, or rapid blinking of the eyes– it automatically activates a sound alert and visual warning on the central console, by day or by night.

DS ACTIVE LED VISION: see and be seen
In addition to the visual effect, the DS ACTIVE LED VISION system is highly efficient. At night, the beam adapts in width and range to the road conditions and vehicle speed. Six lighting modes are available: Parking, Town Beam, Country Beam, Motorway Beam, Adverse Beam and High Beam. By lighting up the road more effectively and over a greater distance, or more on the sides of the road, drivers and passengers alike benefit from greater levels of safety. Safety is also enhanced with the rear lights whose LEDs activate in an instant and benefit from a longer-projected lifespan for as long as that of the car.

DS LOUNGE: dynamic serenity

DS ACTIVE SCAN SUSPENSION: 21st century suspension by DS Automobiles
In 1955, the original DS inspired both with huge surprise and admiration, not only for its visionary and sculptural design, but also for its avant-garde technology. People still remember the hydropneumatics suspension, a system that set new standards in road-holding and comfort, unequalled by anything from the competition. A few decades later, inspired by this brand-defining innovation that has left a lasting mark in people's minds, the engineers and technicians of DS Automobiles have developed a camera-scanning active suspension system. DS ACTIVE SCAN SUSPENSION features the latest innovations in electronic technology. Identifying and anticipating the forthcoming surface undulations, be they any bumps and dips in the road, it continuously controls the damper actuation (shock absorbers) accordingly.

DS ACTIVE SCAN SUSPENSION: comfort at all times
The key idea behind DS ACTIVE SCAN SUSPENSION is to anticipate the road ahead. To this end, a camera – placed behind the windscreen and linked electronically to the front and rear axles – works with four attitude sensors and three accelerometers to analyse the changes in the road attitude and adapts the response of DS 7 CROSSBACK (with speed, steering wheel angle, brakes, etc.). The system transmits this data in real time to an ECU (Electronic Control Unit), which acts on each wheel independently. Depending on the information received, the ECU continuously adjusts the suspension, making it firmer or softer. It is a fine-tuned response that further enhances the driving comfort of this exceptional SUV.

FOCAL ELECTRA®: sound in its purest form
For DS 7 CROSSBACK, our technicians and engineers again joined forces with one of France's best acoustics specialists, FOCAL Electra® Hi-Fi system. Fourteen Focal® Electra loudspeakers have been positioned at precise points around the cabin to delight the most demanding music lovers. Above all, customers will be able to take pride in the prestigious Electra brand label, a first for an in-car audio system. The pleasure of the high-quality of music sound is another appealing aspect of DS 7 CROSSBACK.

A unique audio solution complying with criteria set by DS Automobiles
Beyond the choice of layout, the engineers at DS Automobiles and Focal® adapted the entire architecture and structure to the requirements of high-quality acoustics. Through the sound treatment and the use of rear channels, the sound stage is stable and precise for each person on board DS 7 CROSSBACK, bringing occupants an immersive sound experience.

DS 7 CROSSBACK is the all-new SUV created and designed in Paris by DS Automobiles. It is assembled at the Mulhouse plant facility in France, and at the Shenzhen plant in China.

The brand’s new flagship, DS 7 CROSSBACK possesses an assertive character, with a unique personality. Designed to reflect the owners’ preferences and personality, and infused with classic French ‘art de vivre’. The finish and detailing, worthy of that of a master watchmaker, further boosts the excellence of DS Automobiles know-how and enhances even further the brand’s iconic designs. The car’s technological innovations and avant-garde technical designs bring motorists an unprecedented level of luxury, comfort, efficiency and serenity.

DS 7 CROSSBACK is a concentration of the excellence in the DS brand.

DS 7 CROSSBACK features a wide range of automotive firsts. In summary:
•In addition to its high-performance engines, DS 7 CROSSBACK is the first DS SUV to feature a 300hp, 4X4 plug-in hybrid ‘E-Tense’ petrol drivetrain, with a range of 37miles in zero emission mode
•Taking the first step towards autonomous vehicles, innovative technologies increase safety, comfort and peace of mind for both the driver and passengers •DS CONNECTED PILOT on the road to autonomous driving
•DS PARK PILOT automates the parking function for automatic parking

•Increased vigilance at all moments •DS NIGHT VISION making the road easier to see over a distance of up to 100m
•DS DRIVER ATTENTION ASSIST to identify signs of inattention and fatigue

•DS 7 CROSSBACK features modern DS ACTIVE SCAN SUSPENSION. This active system uses a camera to identify and anticipate any bumps and dips in the road for continuous control of the shock absorbers
•Faithful to the DNA of DS Automobiles design, DS 7 CROSSBACK is available with personalised interior ambiences (cloth, leather, Alcantara® etc.), inspired by Paris, and referred to as ‘Inspirations’
•The DS ACTIVE LED VISION system is not only visually pleasant. It gives drivers the privilege of being "welcomed" by their car and lets them drive safely by day or by night with the aid of the LED headlamps
•The contemporary, modern interior features two 12-inch screens for the navigation system, multimedia interface, DS connectivity and digital instrument cluster. Finally, 14 FOCAL Electra® Hi-Fi system speakers are positioned around the cabin to deliver a perfect sound.


As its name suggests, the DS ACTIVE LED VISION system is made up of a main LED lamp and three rotating LED modules, which can swivel from left to right or right to left – and also be articulated to move up and down – depending on the steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. The projected range of the lamps is increased or decreased, while the beam is broadened or better directed to cast more or less light on the sides of the road, as deemed.
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Its not a bad looking thing but I don't like the wheels.
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I didn’t even notice the car!
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Ok, it's a Citroen so I should like it, but I hate SUVs so no. If it were a coupe or 92' long saloon it would be my cup of tea.
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Tailgate from a Q5 front end from the Lexus RX and both of those are better looking but then just about everything else is. Not new, quirky, modern or retro just poor for something wearing the DS badge.
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