• As a key partner for the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, DS Automobiles will be prominent at the 5th edition of this exceptional automotive event on Sunday, 30 June 2019.
  • At an occasion for the avant-garde, elegance, modernity and heritage, DS Automobiles will showcase the E-TENSE, its latest electrified creations. Visitors will discover the DS E-TENSE FE19, the 100% electric single-seater, currently at the top of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship alongside the DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4, a 300 horsepower, high performance Hybrid, and the 100% electric DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE.
  • Exclusive: visitors will be able to test drive the DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE on the driveways of the Chantilly Estate.
  • With the DS X E-TENSE, visitors will be able to take a glimpse at the dream car of tomorrow, which embodies the DS brand’s vision of the luxury car for 2035. The DS X E-TENSE Dream Car will take part in the Concours d’Elegance parade enhanced by two creations by the designer Eymeric François, which have been specially designed for the occasion.
  • For classic car fans, DS will display a collection of iconic DS and SM models, with its rich heritage of refinement and innovation.

Now well established as one of the world’s exceptional automobile events, the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille will be held on Sunday 30 June at the Chantilly Estate. Involved from the start, DS Automobiles continues its participation as a key partner of this 5th edition. As the official carrier at the event, numerous DS 7 CROSSBACK will be in action. However it will be within the grounds of the Estate that the public will be able to appreciate the avant-garde spirit that has been driving DS since 1955.


“For DS, the 2019 Chantilly Arts & Elegance will be electric!

With our 100% electric, single-seater, DS E-TENSE FE19 at the top of the Formula E Championship,

our DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 and our DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE, we affirm our place as leader on the premium electric car market. We are delighted to offer visitors the exclusive opportunity to take a quick spin behind the wheel of the DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE.

The DS X E-TENSE provides food for thought with our vision of the luxury car of 2035. It will create a sensation as it parades in the Concours d’Elegance in association with the designer Eymeric François, who will be displaying two of his creations.”

Yves Bonnefont, CEO of DS Automobiles

E-TENSE models will be displayed on the Grand Connetable Terrace

The Grand Connetable Terrace, also known as the Castle Esplanade, is an ideal spot to welcome the public at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille and to present them with the full electrified range on offer from DS Automobiles. At a previous event DS presented its Presidential models. Today the DS brand emphasises its commitment to energy transition by presenting its new, electrified production and competition models:


DS Automobiles is the only French FIA-approved manufacturer of the new generation of 100% electric single-seater racing cars. Designed by DS Performance, DS E-TENSE FE19 forms part of the                                  DS TECHEETAH team which is involved in the 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E championship.

Driven by the 2017/18 Formula E champion, Jean-Éric Vergne and his team mate, André Lotterer, the DS E-TENSE FE19 is fitted with a new 250kW (338 hp) electric powertrain developed by DS Performance engineers.

The efficiency of these new technologies has already been demonstrated. On the eve of the eleventh round of the season (22 June 2019, Bern E-Prix), DS TECHEETAH is ranked at the top of the Driver and Team lists. Thanks to the knowledge acquired during races, DS Automobiles shall be able to market an electrified range of cars as from 2019 with the launch of DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4, a high-performance hybrid, followed by the 100% electric, DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE.


Released for sale a few months ago, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 has all the qualities that make the success of DS 7 CROSSBACK, the first of the second generation DS. In addition, it has a remarkably effective rechargeable petrol hybrid drive train: 300 horsepower, four-wheel drive, a torque of at least 450Nm, 31 grammes of CO2 per kilometre and a fuel consumption of 1.4 litres per 100 km by new WLTP testing standards. In Zero Emission mode, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 proves capable of travelling 58 kilometres (WLTP).

DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 has an ingenious architecture that makes it spacious, provides a large boot space and a traction chain including: a 200 horsepower fuel powered engine, two 80 kW electric motors (front and rear), 8-speed automatic electric transmission, situated at the front of the car between the combustion and electric engines, a compact 13.2kWh lithium-ion battery, housed beneath the rear seats, electric rear suspension, providing the 4x4 with an outstanding performance.

Using a DS Wall box, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 battery can be recharged in 1 hour 45 minutes. This know-how was acquired from Formula E, so DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4x4 can optimise regenerated energy recovered during deceleration and braking.

DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE, the most high-tech 100% electric premium SUV

DS 3 CROSSBACK, the second second-generation DS model and an icon of high-tech style, combines exclusive technologies with unique refinement.

DS 3 CROSSBACK is both an urban car also at ease with long-distance journeys. It opts for spectacular technologies including DS MATRIX LED VISION headlights, flush door handles that deploy automatically and a fully digital driving display. These avant-garde features go hand in hand with a sense of refined comfort, a rich array of safety equipment and driver assistance functions and unrivalled acoustic excellence.

DS 3 CROSSBACK offers a wide choice of customised options and the fine workmanship of full-grain Nappa leather, woven or Alcantara® textile, a hand-stitched leather steering wheel, and metal trim with a Clous de Paris 3D diamond finish, etc.

Released a few months ago, DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE is fitted with a high-performance electric motor that offers a dynamic performance without any compromise: 200miles autonomy according to WLTP standards, up to 20% regenerated energy during deceleration and braking, a torque of 260Nm, 0 to 30mph in 3.5 seconds and 0 to 62mph in 9 seconds. In addition to these performance features the vehicle remains spacious and offers increased driving pleasure, combining flexibility, momentum, and silence.

DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE electrical power train comprises: a 100kW/136hp electric motor, a 50kWh lithium-ion battery, an energy regeneration system during deceleration and braking, an on-board charging device for all forms of recharging (home, wall socket and super-fast up to 100kW), a standard high performance heat pump providing effective temperature control for the passenger compartment and optimal battery temperature control.

DS 3 CROSSBACK E-TENSE will recharge within 5 hours on an 11kW wall socket and 80% of the battery can be charged in 30 minutes on a public 100kW quick charge terminal, which represents a range of 6 miles per charging minute.

Before we see it on the roads in a few months’ time, DS Automobiles are offering the public at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance, the exclusive opportunity to test this new model in the prestigious setting of the Chantilly Estate.


DS X E-TENSE & two Eymeric François designs in the Concours d’Elegance

The association between DS Automobiles and Eymeric François was formed in 2015, to celebrate French avant-garde style and elegance. Together they plan, once again, to cause a stir among the public at Chantilly. For this 5th edition, the duo, winner of the Concours d’Elegance in 2016, is preparing to electrify the audience and the jury, taking them on a journey into the future.

Two creations, specially designed for the occasion by the Parisian designer, will parade alongside DS X E-TENSE dream car, the DS vision of the luxury car in 2035. These creations will be the surprise of the day. They are guaranteed to be sensational, given the sculptured style of Eymeric François’s designs! To enhance his designs, he is not afraid of using unexpected objects, which have become his trademark, such as needles, zips or even elastic bands. Eymeric François is inspired both by Paris and by the golden age of Hollywood, in his desire to make every woman unique and legendary.

A Concours d’Elegance in a superb setting is also the opportunity to enjoy DS X E-TENSE, designed for a future that combines technology and poetry. DS teams have designed this dream car by drawing their inspiration from the world of luxury of tomorrow, by imagining the technologies to develop, but also by emphasizing the beautiful and the human, the sensory and the exceptional. They dreamed of how customers would like to live and have fun aboard the DS by 2035.

DS X E-TENSE is fitted with an electric drive train developed by DS Performance, the DS Automobiles’ motor sport department. This dream car also draws on exceptional know-how comparable to that of French art houses, such as the woven leather that is made by DS master upholsterers and sits in harmony with the inlaid feather work produced in the workshops of Maison Lemarié. The clockmaker, BRM, made the virtual watch while FOCAL built the soundbar.

DS X E-TENSE is a dual car, which is expressed by its asymmetry, on the one hand the cockpit and on the other the cocoon. It combines the driving pleasure, which is intense with an abundance of power, and the blend of the art of living ‘à la française’ with autonomous driving.


DS AND SM, an avant-garde and sophisticated heritage

The DS brand would not be what it is today without the outstanding heritage of the DS and SM cars that marked the 20th century!

Hence the presence at this exceptional automotive event of over 20 original DS and SM models, displayed on the lawns at Chantilly to celebrate the avant-garde spirit embodied by these vehicles. Thanks to the invaluable contribution of DS Héritage, the Amicale DS club federation and affiliated DS and SM clubs, these classic models will brighten the day of visitors. DS 19, DS 20, DS 21, DS 23, DS Cabriolet, DSpécial … along with SM models will be there for the pleasure of enthusiasts, who will be able to meet with their owners.


DS BOUTIQUE, the ideal place to pick up a souvenir

Without doubt, the 5th Chantilly Arts & Elegance will be remembered. For those who wish to leave with a souvenir, the DS BOUTIQUE, situated on the Castle Esplanade, will provide a selection of lifestyle goods conceived and designed by the Brand to keep the DS experience alive. Goods that draw on the strong connotations of DS Automobiles: French savoir-faire in luxury and refinement. Visitors can enjoy the pleasure of purchasing a souvenir of the DS brand.









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Driven by the avant-garde spirit and backed by an exceptional heritage of the 1955 DS, DS Automobiles, launched in 2015, aims to embody French luxury savoir-faire in the automotive industry. DS Automobiles is the PSA Group's Premium brand.

Designed for customers seeking personal expression and eager for the latest technologies, the second-generation DS models combine refinement and advanced technology. With the SUVs DS 7 CROSSBACK and DS 3 CROSSBACK, the DS brand is launching a range of six worldwide vehicles, all offered in electrified versions under the E-TENSE signature.

For its demanding customers, DS Automobiles has created ‘ONLY YOU, the DS experience’, its exclusive service program for a unique brand experience. Present in 32 countries, the DS brand has created and is developing an exclusive distribution network that includes 400 DS STORES and DS SALONS throughout the world in early 2019.



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