DS Automobiles has revealed the new DS 4 hatchback.
The front end of the DS 4 gets the DS Matrix LED Vision system, which combines matrix and directional lighting. They are complemented by two LED daytime running light “blades” on either side.
Flush-fitting door handles help provide an uninterrupted view of the crossover’s sculpted surfaces. The 20-inch rims, paired with the aero inserts, give the DS 4 an imposing and unique presence.
At the rear, a steeply sloped rear windscreen gives the car a stylish and aerodynamic silhouette. A new light signature also features at the back, sporting the “laser embossed scale” effect.
The car is available in two other trims: Cross and Performance Line. Cross gives the car a more SUV-like outlook with matte black lower bumpers. The side window frames and grille are finished in gloss black.
The DS 4 Cross also gets distinctive alloy wheels and roof bars in the same colour as the bodywork.
An Advanced Traction Control for improved grip with sand, snow and mud modes and Hill Assist Descent Control is available as an option.
Meanwhile, the DS 4 Performance Line has its strip between the rear lights, grille and side window frames finished in black. These are complemented by black alloy wheels, as well as an exclusive interior.
DS 4: FRENCH PLUSH
In the cabin, the DS 4 sports air conditioning controls that rest atop a “sabre” on the dashboard. This sabre hides the DS Air “invisible” climate control vents.
A 10-inch DS Iris infotainment system now sports a redesigned interface, promising tactile and seamless usability. Individual profiles will allow customised settings to be saved and loaded on start-up.
DS says the system will support voice and gesture control.
A secondary 5-inch touchscreen sits on the centre console and is linked to the DS Iris system and DS e-toggle, a compact control for the automatic gearbox.
On the door cards, passengers will find that their electric window switches line up with the side vents built into the doors.
Five powertrain options have been outlined for the DS 4. The plug-in hybrid option features a turbocharged 180hp 4-cylinder engine and a 110hp electric motor that produce a combined total of 225hp. These are paired to an e-EAT8 gearbox.
A more efficient battery with new, more compact and larger capacity cells gives this variant an electric-only World Harmonised Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure range of 50km on the combined cycle.
Also offered are three petrol-powered PureTech engine variants with 130hp, 180hp and 225hp. A 130hp Diesel BlueHDi version will also be offered. All these models are paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
With a wheel size of 720mm, the DS 4 is available with a wheel size of up to 20 inches. The bulk of the range will be equipped with 19-inch wheels.
COMFORT AND SERENITY
DS Active Scan Suspension is also available in the new car. The system actively adjusts damper rates in response to changing road surface conditions. This information is collected via a front camera.
The DS 4 rests atop the firm’s new EMP2 platform. Extensive use of bond-welding, as well as a completely redesigned suspension and new steering components, help improve driving comfort and body rigidity.
The car is made of 95% reusable materials and 85% recyclable parts, and 30% of its weight is from renewable or recycled materials, divided between metals and polymers.
International sales of the DS 4 will commence from the fourth quarter of 2021.