PARIS — DS Automobiles' new flagship, the DS 9 midsize sedan, will be available initially with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that will produce 360 hp in the most powerful four-wheel-drive version.
The DS 9 will debut at the Geneva auto show in March 3. It will be built in China, and launched in around 40 markets, including in Europe, in the second half of 2020, DS said. The PSA Group upscale brand released images and video of the car on Monday.
It is the third vehicle designed expressly for DS, following the DS 7 Crossback compact SUV, launched in 2018, and the DS 3 Crossback small SUV, which came on the market in 2019. Earlier DS vehicles were adapted from Citroen models.
DS did not release a price or detailed technical specifications, but the DS 9 will have many similarities with the Peugeot 508, which is also built on PSA Group's EMP2 architecture for compact and midsize vehicles.
The DS 9 will have an extended wheelbase for more rear-seat room, much like the Peugeot 508L, which is built in Wuhan, China, for the Chinese market. Although the DS 9 has fastback styling, it is not a hatchback like the 508.
The DS 9's styling is distinguished by the use of more chrome than on the Peugeot 508, most prominently a strip that runs down the center of the hood. It also does not carry over the frameless doors from the 508. Tail lights mounted at the top corners of the rear window recall the original Citroen DS from 1955. Other styling touches include a two-tone black roof and flush-mounted door handles.