New DS Three Crossback E-Tense prototype overview
Like virtually all new automobiles due for launch this yr, the DS Three Crossback will probably be provided with a broad vary of petrol, diesel and electrified powertrains. We first drove the PureTech 130 petrol earlier this month, however earlier than the yr is out, PSA’s premium model will add a pure-EV model to the line-up – full with a WLTP-rated 200-mile vary.
Whereas a full highway check of the forthcoming DS Three E-Tense received’t be potential till the autumn, the French maker has already thrown us the keys to an early prototype model of its electrical crossover. Our time with the automotive was restricted to only a few laps of a army coaching base within the hills above Monte Carlo but it surely was sufficient to present us a style of what we will anticipate from the production-ready electrical DS 3.
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Utilizing a 50kWh battery and a 100kW electrical motor, the E-Tense gives efficiency on par with its electrical rivals. Throttle response is speedy, and whereas it received’t pin you in your seat like a Tesla, the moment torque means it feels faster than the 8.7-second 0-62mph dash suggests; 0-30mph is finished and dusted in simply 3.Three seconds.
As talked about, our preliminary drive was quick and considerably restricted, however the few corners we did expertise confirmed the E-Tense to deal with neatly. The batteries are mounted beneath the ground and the usual automotive’s polished dynamics seem to have been carried over intact. The steering is mild, nevertheless, and whereas it’s completely direct, there’s little or no really feel or suggestions on provide.
It’s inconceivable to judge high-speed experience or refinement because of the nature of our first check. Nonetheless, if nothing else, the combustion-engined automotive’s grown-up driving expertise ought to present a strong base for the electrical model – although all the required componentry will increase the kerb weight of the EV model by 300kg. At city speeds the E-Tense proved quiet and composed, absorbing smaller bumps with ease.
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DS claims the all-electric Crossback will provide a WLTP vary of 200 miles, which places it forward of the Nissan Leaf however barely shy of the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electrical. DS wouldn’t reveal how lengthy the automotive will take to cost from a three-pin plug, but it surely did affirm that an 11kW wall field reduces top-up time to only 5 hours. Utilizing a public fast-charge level the DS Three can cost to 80 per cent full in round 30 minutes (5.5 miles per minute), which is about par for the course on this section.
Inside, you’d be hard-pressed to inform the EV aside from its petrol and diesel counterparts. That’s to say it’s nicely constructed, if a bit quirky in its design. Lots of the automotive’s key capabilities are nonetheless hidden deep inside the fiddly infotainment system, whereas the contact delicate dashboard buttons are typically tough to function. Precise costs and specs will probably be introduced nearer launch, however anticipate all variations to get sat-nav, local weather management and 18-inch alloy wheels as customary.
Fortunately, the DS 3’s inside packaging isn’t compromised by the EV’s electrical gubbins. Actually, the 350-litre boot is totally unaffected, which is fortunate given the petrol mannequin’s less-than-impressive statistics on this space. House within the rear seats is enough, if a bit off the category greatest.