New DS SUV revealed

The premium brand of the PSA Group, DS, has revealed first pictures of its new DS 7 Crossback, writes Brian Byrne.

With a distinctive and upmarket styling, the new vehicle offers five options for owners to personalise their car. Premium materials, including leather, crystal, and guilloche finish are features of the car. The 'watchstrap' seat trim design which is a trademark of recent DS styling is also part of the theme.

Petrol and diesel engines with outputs ranging from 130hp-225hp will be available when the car launches, with automatic options. A 300hp E-Tense plug in hybrid variant will be available from the spring of next year.

A 'Connected Pilot' system will offer a level of autonomous driving in traffic situations and on motorways. A 'Night Vision' technology uses infra-red to identify objects, pedestrians and animals on the road at a distance of up to 100m. The digital instrument cluster shows the driver the area around the car (within the driver's line of vision) in infrared, with a yellow line around any sources of potential danger.

More details closer to the car's actual launch.

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