It feels like it’s taken longer than usual to reach our shores, but the DS 7 Crossback is an impressive offering that will be popular with buyers.
First unveiled earlier this year, the car’s prices and spec have now been revealed with news that the DS network and stores, as well as saloons, are being developed in the UK.
The firm says its Crossback is the first of several all-new vehicles being offered and all will come in quick succession. The new vehicle is available from early next year with prices starting at £28,050.
Trim levels for the DS 7 Crossback
There will be four trim levels for the DS 7 Crossback and the entry level model has a 1.5 litre diesel unit coupled to a six speed manual box and its standard kit includes driver attention warning and lane departure warning as standard.
The firm’s Crossback is aimed squarely at the Audi Q5 market and there’s a lot to like with other models featuring 19-inch alloy wheels and a 12-inch HD touchscreen which has satnav as standard.
There’s also heated leather seats, aluminium pedals and a perforated steering wheel.
Other models have the choice of two diesel units as well as a 1.6 litre petrol engine producing 222 bhp and the option of an eight speed automatic gearbox across the line-up.
List of standard equipment on the DS 7 Crossback
The list of standard equipment on the DS 7 Crossback impresses on the more expensive trims and there’s also a safety pack featuring traffic sign recognition and blindspot detection fitted as standard along with wireless smart phone charging.
The interior has been well-designed and fitted with elegant materials with the top model featuring an electric sunroof and ambient LED lighting.
There are also some other premium features including exterior kit including a chrome grille and active LED headlights that have a purple glow when the doors are unlocked.
The seats are also comfortable with some models offering five massage functions with the Performance Line offering a sportier cabin but lots of refinement and comfort.
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There’s no doubt that DS has pulled out the stops for its first all-new vehicle with the DS 7 Crossback offering an interesting alternative in the SUV market.
There’s plenty of space on board and in the future there will be a plug-in hybrid available and while it doesn’t have its parent firm’s pneumatic suspension (the firm is Citroen), it does have a system of monitoring the road ahead to soften the adaptive dampers to suit conditions.
As with many of its cars, the DS 7 Crossback offers a Gallic and interesting alternative which many UK buyers will enjoy.