France has another flagship product: the 2021 DS 9 will go on sale in Europe

Plug-in hybrid powertrains meet long, sleek styling as Citroën’s prestige division takes on serious prestige rivals.

After an eight-year hiatus, Citroën finally has a flagship again – except that it’s not quite.

the 2021 DS 9 Sedan has been detailed for the European market, nearly nine months after its arrival in China, and in a first for a French flagship, the European versions will be Chinese-made.

Returning to where the Citroën C6 left off in 2012 (and ignoring the fully independent C6 currently sold in China), the DS 9 tops the range for DS Automobiles, which has been transformed into its own brand, above the Citroën range, in 2014.

Based on the same EMP2 chassis as the Peugeot 508, the DS 9 has a longer wheelbase, 105mm longer than the regular 508, 52mm longer than the Chinese 508L long wheelbase market and 20mm longer than the 5008 SUV. seven-seater.

Measuring 4,930mm from nose to tail, the DS 9 is slightly shorter than its targeted rivals like the BMW 5 Series or the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The 2,900mm wheelbase is also just short, but at 1,850mm wide , the large Citroën is only 10-20 mm shorter than its competitive set. No height was given.

From the outside, the DS 9 uses a number of DS-style cues, including the winged front grille, a chrome “Sword-style guilloche” spear that runs down the center of the hood, and LED daytime running lights.

The sides of the body feature a bespoke sculpture with a clean shoulder crease and flush door handles. DS calls the roof profile a “slip” and if you look closely you’ll see a nod to the original Citroen DS, with a pair of raised indicators at the top of the rear windshield.

European buyers will be able to choose from three available powertrains: a PureTech 225, an E-Tense 225, or an E-Tense 4 × 4 360.

The 225 engines both have an output of 165 kW, but where the PureTech is a pure gasoline 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo, the E-Tense is a plug-in hybrid.

DS has yet to confirm the exact power of the gasoline engine, although it probably uses the 133 kW air shared with other Peugeot group products. An 11.9 kWh battery provides up to 50 km of electric autonomy, connected to an 80 kW / 320 Nm motor for a combined total power of 165 kW.

The flagship E-Tense 4 × 4 360 combines the same 1.6-liter turbo petrol engine, rated at 147 kW and 300 Nm, with two electric motors – an 80 kW unit up front and an 82 kW motor at the rear, allowing all-wheel drive – for outputs of 265kW and 520Nm. All variants are transferred via an eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission.

The all-wheel-drive PHEV system in the DS 9 is the same used in the recently revealed Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered, but Peugeot is keen to point out the performance potential of its plug-in system, including 5.2 seconds 0-100 km / h times, DS did not provide any performance statistics for the DS 9.

While it doesn’t lack the legendary hydropneumatic suspension of the original Citroën DS, the modern DS 9 makes up for it with the DS Active Scan suspension, which uses a camera to scan the road and can prepare the adaptive suspension for changes in the surface of the road. route via information extracted from level sensors. , accelerometers and transmission sensors.

Driver assistance functions cover things such as adaptive cruise control and lane keeping (for semi-autonomous level two driving), night vision, driver fatigue monitoring and steering functions. automated parking assistance.

Other safety systems include DS Active LED Vision headlights, active blind spot monitoring, extended traffic sign recognition and autonomous emergency braking.

A smartphone app allows keyless access to the car, with the ability to grant access to up to five users.

Inside the cockpit, the DS 9 strives to make its biggest impression, with leather seats with watch bands, available in ruby ​​red or black nappa leather, crystal control inlays, l ‘Alcantara on the console, roof, top trim and parcel shelf, plus a 14 – Focal Electra high-end audio system available on the Rivoli + high-end trim level.

Pricing for the DS 9 Performance Line PureTech 225 starts at € 47,700 (AU $ 78,100) or € 68,400 (AU $ 112,000) for the flagship Rivoli + E-Tense 4 × 4 360. Braggingly, DS suggests that it is possible to price the flagship version as up to € 80,000 (AU $ 131,000).

European deliveries are expected to start in October 2021, but without official representation of the DS brand locally, the DS 9 will not be offered in Australia.

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