VELIZY, France -- PSA Group's upscale brand, DS Automobiles, says the new DS 3 Crossback will set technological standards in the premium SUV segment, led by its optional electric powertrain that offers a 300 km (186 mile) range and the ability to be recharged to 80 percent capacity in 30 minutes.
"We wanted to create a new reference point for the segment," Eric Apode, DS senior vice president, product and business development, said Thursday at the launch of the DS 3 Crossback at PSA's technical center outside of Paris.
DS executives also pointed to differentiating features such as a 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a new generation of LED headlights that gradually adjust to different driving conditions.
The DS 3 Crossback will make its public debut at the Paris auto show next month. The first orders will be taken this autumn, and the first production examples will reach buyers in the spring of 2019.
Prices have not been announced, but DS executives suggested that they will be competitive with the Audi Q2, its nearest rival in terms of equipment and size. The Q2 starts at about 24,000 euros in Germany.
The four-door DS 3 Crossback will replace the DS 3 three-door small hatchback, which has been in PSA's lineup since 2010, first as the Citroen DS 3 and then as one of the first models in DS's stand-alone lineup.
In moving from a hatchback to a SUV, the DS 3 joins other PSA models, including the Peugeot 3008 and 5008, that have shifted segments to meet consumer demand for SUVs and crossovers. The DS 3 is the first PSA vehicle to be built on the group's Common Modular Platform (CMP), which will eventually underpin all of the automaker's small and compact cars.