Thu, 07/02/2019 - 08:00
  • DS 3 CROSSBACK marks a significant moment :
  • As the first product on Groupe PSA’s ‘Common Modular Platform’ (CMP) DS 3 CROSSBACK brings new levels of packaging, ride comfort and  handling
  • Availble in Petrol, Diesel or E-TENSE (BEV) power units
  • A range of trim level choices includes the Launch Edition highly-specified model – La Premiere
  • Initially there is a choice of 15 models ranging in price from £21,550 to £33,950


DS 3 CROSSBACK is a ‘Premium B SUV’ that arrives in UK DS showrooms in May 2019 with distinctive sculptural styling and exceptional proportions, initially available with the choice of Petrol or Diesel Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) or later in 2019 with ‘E-TENSE’ (as a BEV – Battery Electric Vehicle). 

Built on Groupe PSA’s all-new ‘Common Modular Platform’ (CMP) that combines exclusive technologies and takes refinement to a new level. DS 3 CROSSBACK is both a city car and a long-distance road car. Pushing conventions aside, it opts for spectacular technologies including DS MATRIX LED VISION headlights, flush door handles that deploy automatically and a fully-digital driving display. These advanced features go hand in hand with a sense of refined comfort, a rich array of safety equipment and driver assistance functions and unequalled acoustic excellence. Powerful and sculptural, DS 3 CROSSBACK is for all those looking for a car with instant appeal that is stylish, high-tech, comfortable and dynamic.

“DS 3 CROSSBACK fits perfectly into the second generation DS: technology leadership and unequalled sophistication. With DS 3 CROSSBACK, DS Automobiles writes a new chapter in its history: electrification. With the E-TENSE version, DS 3 CROSSBACK is 100% electric, with no compromises over style and benefits.” Yves Bonnefont, CEO of DS Automobiles



“Viewed from the side or the rear, DS 3 CROSSBACK is a vehicle of perfect proportions with its large wheels, well-proportioned length and strong on-road stance. From first glance, you can see that it is unlike other cars. Simple, sculptural lines expressing performance and strength, enhanced by a bewitching light signature.” This is how Thierry Metroz, DS Design Director, describes the new model by DS Automobiles.


DS 3 CROSSBACK is identifiable at first glance as a premium, compact SUV, with its moderate length of 4.12m, broad on-road stance and large wheels (690mm, 18’’) and raised ground clearance.

At the front, the DS WINGS form a finely chiselled setting for the sculpted, vertical lines of the emblematic DS grille. The DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) with their pearl-like vertical LEDs and the tapered headlights of the DS MATRIX LED VISION system suggest a contemporary edge and performance. An impression reinforced by the wide ribbed horizontal bonnet.


Attention-to-detail is a hallmark of the DS brand and is visible everywhere, starting with the vehicle exterior:

  • the non-visible weather-strip seals,
  • the elegant flush-fitting door handles,
  • the roof line is clean, with no visible aerial antenna,
  • the roof and body in contrasting colours,
  • the iconic side shark fin,
  • and chrome-finished twin tailpipes  on ICE engine models


The rear sits squarely on the road, its broad, powerful shoulders striking an evocative note of imposing style. It is also elegant with a high-tech rear LED light signature complemented by a surround that in the centre references the CROSSBACK name.



DS 3 CROSSBACK hosts a range of technologically advanced features that will ensure unique USPs and desire for the product in the Premium B SUV sector.


Flush-fitting door handles

The folding flush-fitting door handles are both elegant and modern. Premiered at the start of the summer on the DS X E-Tense Dream Car, this exclusive technology is new to this sector. The principle is simple: the door handles are available to users when required. The rest of the time, they fold flush into the vehicle sides. Moreover, with Proximity Keyless Entry and Start, the magic takes place as the key holder approaches the car. Within a radius of 1.5 metres, the car unlocks and the four handles deploy automatically so the driver and passengers simply get in and drive away. Similarly, the door handles retract and the vehicle locks automatically as they walk away from it.

Video film: DS 3 CROSSBACK Flush-fitting door handles



This new headlight system, equipped with Matrix Beam technology, offers the driver optimum lighting and allows them to drive with full beam headlights without ever dazzling other road users. These latest generation headlights automatically adapt their light beams according to the traffic conditions, to maintain optimum lighting for the driver.

The Matrix Beam module consists of independent segments, which come on and go out gradually, segment by segment, depending on the driving conditions detected by the camera at the top of the windscreen.




This system combines the new Active Cruise Control and the Lane Keeping Assist to manage driving in semi-autonomous mode, in specific conditions. The vehicle manages steering and speed.

DS DRIVE ASSIST is active at speeds between 40mph and 110mph (if/where the law permits).




To personalise their DS 3 CROSSBACK, potential owners have many choices and options to select from.

It all starts on the outside: nine themed wheel designs, ten body colours – including the attractive Millennium Blue that adorns the DS X E-Tense Dream-Car with the DS vision for 2035 - and three roof colours make up the initial personalisation process. Customers can choose from an extensive range of combinations for a highly personalised result.


The ultimate aspect of the personalisation process is expressed with five ‘DS Inspirations’:

DS MONTMARTRE, DS BASTILLE, DS PERFORMANCE Line, DS RIVOLI, DS OPERA and for the ultimate expression with La Première limited edition. These Inspirations mix and match colours and materials inside and outside the car, to meet individual tastes and requirements.


The Inspirations set their stamp on the interior styling for a chic, modern result, featuring grained or full-grain Nappa leather with an ‘Art Leather’ finish, top-stitching in a pearl or diamond pattern, braided textiles, Alcantara®, a steering wheel fully upholstered in full-grain leather including the airbag cushion and chrome trim features with a Paris Hobnail guilloche design.

On the outside, the Inspirations add specific notes of detail such as the signatures on the bonnet and lower doors or the chrome trim features at the front and at the rear with a gloss, satin or textured shimmering black finish.


Attention-to-detail for a sense of extreme refinement

The coherent approach of DS interior design is also visible in the central console, inherited from DS 7 CROSSBACK. This elegant, stylish central console with its gearbox controls, toggle switches and electric handbrake also meets day-to-day passenger needs, with a smartphone charging pad, an array of storage compartments including cup holders, and a broad, functional sliding armrest.

Illustrating this attention-to-detail, the original DS signature and brand emblem is present as a key theme and influence on many interior style features: the spectacular central fascia with its touch controls, the central and side air vents (built into the doors), the screen scenography, etc.


Sensory comfort

With DS 3 CROSSBACK, occupants enjoy a level of comfort worthy of vehicles that occupy upper segments of the market. Comfort clearly starts with the seats. The body-hugging driver and passenger seats feature innovative bi-density foam for greater quality, without forgetting the electric control and heating functions. When the vehicle starts moving, the excellent NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) isolation provides high levels of comfort from the new platform of DS 3 CROSSBACK.



Key equipment on DS 3 CROSSBACK – Elegance models

Charismatic Design

17 inch Grey Anthracite diamond-cut alloy wheels with Black DS centre caps

Chromed flush-fitting door handles and matt back exterior door mirrors

Advanced Technology

Hill assist, electric parking brake and vehicle speed limit warning

Rear parking sensors

Safety Park, which includes Emergency Braking System, Land Keeping Assist, Speed recognition and Intelligent Speed Adaptation

Safety & Security features:

Driver and passenger front, rear lateral and curtain airbags

Alarm system

Space saver spare wheel

Keyless start

Air conditioning

USB connection

7 inch touchscreen, with Mirror Screen (for Apple CarPlayTM and Android Auto®)


DAB digital radio with eight speakers

Acoustic and tinted windscreen

Automatic Halogen lights

Two rear ISOFIX seat mounting points

DS Inspiration MONTMARTRE – Bronze Meteorite cloth seats

Height adjustable front seats with 60/40 split seats backrest

Leather steering wheel incorporating driver’s airbag


PERFORMANCE Line models (over and above the Elegance trim specification)

17 inch Black Onyx alloy wheels with Red Carmine DS wheel centres

Gloss black, electronically folding, electrochromatic and heated exterior door mirrors

Dark tinted rear windows

DS 3D LED rear lights

DS Inspiration PERFORMANCE Line

Black Basalt woven cloth seats with Alcantara® décor

Black perforated leather steering wheel and central armrest

Aluminium sports pedals, front and rear carpet mats and chromed door entry sill


PRESTIGE models (over and above the PERFORMANCE Line trim specification)

17 inch Black Onyx alloy wheels with black DS wheel centres

Automatic air conditioning

Frameless electrochrome interior rear view mirror

Automatic front windscreen wiper activation

Two front USB connection points

Front (and rear) parking sensors

10 inch HD touchscreen

DS Connected 3D Navigation system and Wi-Fi

DS Inspiration BASTILLE LEATHER – Black Basalt grained leather seats

Bronze décor with light grey interior roof lining


ULTRA PRESTIGE models (over and above the Prestige trim specification)

18 inch Grey Furtive diamond-cut alloy wheels with black DS wheel centres

Head-up display

Proximity keyless entry and start


DS SENSORIAL DRIVE – Cashmere or Titanium modes

DS MATRIX LED VISION headlamps and LED daytime running lights

Advanced Safety Pack, with extended emergency braking system, extended Lane Keeping Assist and blind spot detection

Reversing camera

DS Inspiration OPERA with Art Black Basalt Nappa leather seats with watchstrap design

Art Black Basalt décor with Pearl stitching

Black premium leather steering wheel

Driver’s electric lumbar adjustment with massage function and heater on front seats


LA PREMIERE Launch Edition model (over and above the Ultra Prestige trim specification)

18 inch Black Onyx diamond-cut alloy wheels with black DS logo wheel centres

Premium Advanced Safety Pack includes Advanced Safety Pack, Active Blind Spot detection and speed limit recognition and recommendation

DS DRIVE ASSIST (Active cruise control with Stop & Go function, Land keeping assist)

High Beam Assist

Wireless charging for Smartphone

DS Inspiration OPERA Le Premiere with Art Rubis Nappa leather seats with watchstrap design



                                                                 ENGINE                     PureTech          PureTech          PureTech            BlueHDi

                                                                                                             100                       130                       155                       100

                                                                                                         Manual           Automatic       Automatic           Manual

                         Capacity (cc) / Cylinders                      1199 / 3              1199 / 3             1199 / 3              1499 / 4

                          Max power CEE (hp/kW)                       101 / 74              131 / 96             155 / 114             102 / 75

                                                                      /rpm                         5500                   5500                  5500                   3500

                     Max torque CEE (Nm/rpm)                   205 / 1750       230 / 1750       240 / 1750       250 / 1750

                                     Bore & Stroke (mm)                     75 x 90.5           75 x 90.5          75 x 90.5           75 x 84.8

                                                      Fuel system                         Turbo                  Turbo                  Turbo                  Turbo

                                                       Euro status                            6.3                        6.3                        6.3                        6.2

                            Stop and Start function                           S&S                      S&S                      S&S                      S&S


    TRANSMISSION - Number of gears                 6-speed Man           EAT8                   EAT8           6-speed Man


   PERFORMANCE - Max speed (mph)                            112                        124                       129                        112


                FUEL CONSUMPTION (WLTP)                       Vehicle               Vehicle              Vehicle               Vehicle

                                                                                                     Low – High       Low – High       Low - High        Low - High

                                                         Low (mpg)                    42.9 - 41.0         37.4 - 34.1        36.1 - 33.2        58.0 - 54.7

                                                Medium (mpg)                    54.9 - 49.7         47.9 - 44.5        46.4 - 44.3       66.9 - 60.0

                                                        High (mpg)                    61.2 - 53.1        55.5 - 49.8        54.0 - 49.7         72.7 - 61.9

                                           Extra High (mpg)                    48.2 - 41.4         45.2 - 39.3        43.9 - 38.7        55.7 - 46.8

                                           Combined (mpg)                   52.0 - 46.0        47.1 - 42.2         45.7 - 41.7         62.7 - 54.4



                             CO2 EMISSIONS (g/km)                     105 – 113           109 – 117           121 – 128             97 - 102

                                Mass in running order                          1245                     1280                    1280                    1280

                        Kerb Weight (exc. Driver)                          1170                     1205                    1205                    1205

                                              Mass in service                          1276                     1310                     1316                     1310

                                                               Payload                           480                       495                      500                       490

     Max laden weight (Gross vehicle)                          1650                     1700                    1705                     1695

                                       Gross train weight                         2850                    2900                   2905                    2895

                                 Max plated front axle                           930                      930                      930                      930

                                   Max plated rear axle                           920                       920                      920                      920


Max towing weight braked/unbraked                1200/620         1200/640         1200/640         1200/640

                         Max tow hitch download                             48                          48                          48                          48


               EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (mm)

                                                                  Length                          4,118                    4,118                    4,118                     4,118        

                                   Width (exc. mirrors)                          1,791                    1,791                    1,791                     1,791        

                                                                   Height                         1,523                   1,523                   1,523                   1,523                                                        Wheelbase                         2,558                  2,556                  2,556                  2,556       



DS 3 CROSSBACK is initially available to select with Petrol or Diesel (ICE – Internal Combustion Engines) or later in 2019 with E-TENSE (as a BEV – Battery Electric Vehicle).


For those who choose Petrol, DS 3 CROSSBACK is available with a choice of powerful and efficient award-winning PureTech engines with outputs of 100hp, 130hp and the new 155hp. With 200-bar, direct-injection and Stop & Start technology, they ensure reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The 100hp PureTech has a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the 130hp and 155hp get the eight-speed Electronically-selected Automatic Transmission (EAT8).


For customers preferring Diesel, the new BlueHDi 1.5-litre engine with Stop & Start technology offers 100hp with a 6-speed manual gearbox and provides power and efficiency with optimised CO2 and NOx emissions to the latest WLTP-compliant Euro 6.2 standard.




DS 3 CROSSBACK is available with Petrol or Diesel (ICE) power units, and later in 2019 with 100% electric E-Tense (BEV) versions importantly with no compromise in styling or equipment.

With DS 3 CROSSBACK, the dream of a stylish electric vehicle becomes a reality. This first vehicle with distinctive and bold styling will be available from the second half of 2019 with an all-electric motor with advanced performance. It will deliver more than 186 miles of autonomy - WLTP (Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure) drive cycle, corresponding to a range of 280 miles in NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) with a function to charge the battery to 80% in 30 minutes. This advanced level of performance does not detract from interior space. The compact, large capacity battery and also re-charged with an 11kW Wallbox charger in five hours to fully charge or in 90 minutes with a  100kW public fast charging solution.

An easy-to-drive electric motor with advanced performance in 2019


The electric drivetrain of DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE comprises:

  • an electric motor of 100kW / 136hp
  • a 50kWh lithium-ion battery located under the floor
  • a regenerative braking system and deceleration system
  • Charging system allows all recharging solutions available (home, Wallbox and fast charging)
  • a new-generation heat pump for climate control in the cabin.


A system delivering high standards of performance:

  • range of 186-miles on the WLTP drive cycle and 280miles on the NEDC drive cycle
  • Torque of 260Nm permits 0 to 30mph in 3.3 seconds and 0 to 62mph in 8.7 seconds


Unique style features of DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE include the Anthra Grey radiator grille

DS bonnet badge and tailgate E-TENSE signature badging

Rear bumper without twin tailpipes

18 inch KYOTO alloy wheels

Style and electric functions on the digital instrumentation panel

Automatic reduction gearbox with embossed E-TENSE logo gear level

Charging connection point behind filler door


Customer benefits over ICE engines;

Taxation and usage costs / Driving in large towns and cities

Respect for the environment / Good useable driving range

Performance and driving pleasure / Interior space maintained

Core vehicle features retained and with same desirable appearance

Unlimited access to urban areas



There are four models in the UK range – Elegance, PERFORMANCE Line, Prestige and Ultra Prestige - with a highly specified Launch Edition exclusive model– La Premiere model.


La Première – Launch Edition

PureTech 130 Automatic                               117                                     £32,450

PureTech 155 Automatic                              128                                     £33,950


Ultra Prestige

PureTech 130 Automatic                               117                                    £30,950

PureTech 155 Automatic                              128                                     £32,450



PureTech 100 Manual                                     113                                     £24,950

PureTech 130 Automatic                               117                                     £27,950

PureTech 155 Automatic                              128                                     £29,450

BlueHDi 100 Manual                                        102                                      £27,100



PureTech 100 Manual                                     113                                     £22,950

PureTech 130 Automatic                               117                                     £25,950

PureTech 155 Automatic                              128                                     £27,450

BlueHDi 100 Manual                                        102                                     £25,100



PureTech 100 Manual                                     113                                      £21,550

PureTech 130 Automatic                               117                                     £24,550

BlueHDi 100 Manual                                        102                                     £23,700


DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE (BEV) pricing will be announced nearer the time of its arrival in the UK later in 2019.


Customers who wish to be among the first to drive DS 3 CROSSBACK can reserve one by declaring an interest / order at DS outlets in the UK or online at www.DSautomobiles.co.uk.



Young French brand, DS Automobiles was launched in 2015. Its ambition is to embody, in the automotive industry, the French luxury know-how. Driven by its outstanding product heritage and avant-garde spirit, DS perpetuates the values of innovation and distinction inherited from the first DS, launched in 1955, and opens a new territory in the premium automotive market.

The first model of the second-generation DS range, DS 7 CROSSBACK, the SUV with innovative savoir-faire, opens a range of six global vehicles with one launch per year. Therefore, in September 2018, the DS brand presents its next - its new ‘Premium B SUV’, DS 3 CROSSBACK, the high-tech style icon, and with its 100% electric version E-TENSE.

Available in 2019, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4X4 - the PHEV hybrid powertrain by DS - and DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE – the first ever full electric DS car - delivers the strategy of electrification availability over the entire range.

Designed for customers looking for a means to express themselves as individuals, DS cars stand apart through their avant-garde design, refinement in every detail, advanced technologies and dynamic serenity.

For its discerning customers, who demand personalisation and exclusivity, DS Automobiles has created ‘ONLY YOU, the DS experience’, as a programme of exclusive services for a unique brand experience.

DS models are distributed via DS STORES and DS SALONS, comprising the new network exclusive to DS Automobiles. The DS brand has 450 sites open at the start of 2019, including DS WORLD PARIS, its flagship at 33 Rue François 1er in Paris.

Follow all DS news on www.DSautomobiles.com @DS_Official



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