DS Automobiles in the UK is announced specification and prices as it opens up reservations for the first of its E-TENSE (electrified) products, the DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE.
The DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE – a Premium Compact SUV is the first all-electric DS car and this BEV has a potential range of 200 miles (certified on the WLTP drive cycle).
“DS Automobiles is where luxury and advanced technology come together. In 2019, we are launching E-TENSE and we have two models which represent world premieres in their respective segments. E-TENSE unites the demands of the energy transition and the pleasure of the car for independent mobility. We have chosen to completely electrify our range.
From this year onwards, each of our models will be offered with an E-TENSE, BEV or PHEV, version, which uses energy in the most efficient way supplemented by regenerating energy during deceleration. DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE and DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4×4 are the realisation of our electrification strategy with no compromise in space, while unparalleled in style and comfort,” said Yves Bonnefont, CEO of DS Automobiles.
The first 100% electric premium compact SUV on the market, DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE offers electrified performance in an elegant environment that is the DS Automobiles signature.
The electric drivetrain of DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE is made up of a 100kW (136hp) electric motor with 260Nm of torque, linked to a 50kWh Lithium-ion battery and a system for recovering energy during deceleration and braking. The potential range is 200 miles or 320 km (WLTP drive cycle, or 267 miles on the NEDC drive cycle) and the performance revolutionises driving, with acceleration from0 to 62mph in just 8.7 seconds (and from 0 to 30mph in 3.3 seconds).
Comfort sets new standards with remarkable management of road noise and the absence of engine vibration. Driving behaviour is improved by the compact battery being centrally located and low down. The battery is placed entirely under the floor. The weight of the battery is partially compensated by a weight saving of 50 kilograms in other components relative to an equivalent DS 3 CROSSBACK.
Three driving modes are offered: ECO to maximise range, NORMAL, and SPORT with extra torque. These are complemented by two energy recovery options, inherited from Formula E, which can be controlled by the driver: NORMAL to simulate the behaviour of an internal combustion engine and BRAKE which decelerates at 1.2 m/s.
Range is maximised by the ability to pre-set cockpit temperature before driving and incorporates a very efficient heat pump. The 100kW rapid charging adds 5.5 miles of range every minute and will complete an 80% charge in 30 minutes. DS drivers can purchase a connected smart wall box (single phase), enabling a 100% battery charge in 8 hours.
In the UK, DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE is offered in the two trim levels priced at £32,350 for the PRESTIGE and £35,350 for the ULTRA PRESTIGE trim level, including Plug-In incentive Grant of £3,500.
With UK Government’s Plug-In incentive Grant for low emission vehicles included, and helped by strong predicted RVs, DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE is being made available on PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) rentals at £436/M for the Prestige and £489 for the Ultra Prestige models with a 48 month, 10,000mile contract, a £4,000 customer deposit and an Annual Percentage Rate (APR) of 5.9%.
For Business users, ‘indicative’ monthly rentals via Free2Move Lease for business users (including maintenance, excluding VAT) are £377 per month on Prestige and £413 per month on Ultra Prestige and will include metallic paint choices.
For Personal Contract Hire the rentals including maintenance and VAT are £463 per month on Prestige and £506 per month on Ultra Prestige. All indicative F2ML rentals are based on a profile of 6+47 months, with projected 10,000 miles per year.
UK DS STOREs and DS SALONs are able to take reservations on behalf of customers wishing to ensure being among the first, and thus standing best chances of securing the discount effects from the UK Government’s OLEV grant reduction for low emission vehicles. Deposits made will secure an ordered build priority.