From boldness comes excellence. DS Automobiles has become the first carmaker to offer a high-performance petrol-electric hybrid technology in the Premium C SUV segment.

The expanding DS 7 CROSSBACK range, which has been on sale since beginning 2018, is venturing into new territory with the innovative DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4×4 model. For the first time, a Premium C-category SUV has been able to offer so many drive modes driven by three motors (one ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) and two electric motors), to best combine the energy provided by petrol and electricity, rechargeable from a mains power supply or through deceleration regeneration.

The powertrain combines a 200hp petrol engine and is accompanied by two 109hp  electric engines and the new eight-speed automatic gearbox. These offer a combined maximum deployment power of 300hp with a max torque of 450Nm and drive to all four wheels.

DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4×4 can cover a distance of 50 kilometres/31 miles in all-electric driving mode thanks to its 13.2kWh battery capacity. This range is suitable for daily journey distance from home to work, on the city or on highway, up to a speed of 135kph/83mph. When the battery level is low or for optimum traction, the petrol engine supplements the power required. 

Several modes are available:

  • Zero emission is the default mode. The vehicle is always started using the electric motors, for driving comfort, silent running and zero emissions.
  • Sport mode, which optimises power and driving pleasure.
  • Hybrid mode, which manages automatically performance and fuel consumption. Emissions are minimised and declared to be under 50 grams per kilometre.
  • 4WD, four-wheel drive, for optimum traction in all road conditions.

Using the expertise acquired through Formula E, DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4×4 is regenerated whenever the driver decelerates or uses the brakes (‘BRAKE’ function) to extend the range. Another function, ‘E-SAVE’, also allows the driver to save enough energy to drive in all-electric mode for the last 10 or 20 kilometres / 6 or 12 miles of a journey.

The map on the high-definition touchscreen shows to the driver in real time the distance, which can be driven in Zero emission mode or where the charging stations available nearby. DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4×4’s battery can be charged in 2h using a wall-mounted terminal (32A) and with a 6.6 kW charger or in 8 hours with a traditional socket.

DS 7 CROSSBACK E-TENSE 4×4 offer the same spaciousness and a maximum boot space as the conventional ICE model, due to the batteries fitted underneath the floor.

The charismatic design is enhanced by the 19″ wheels and with the new body colour: Crystal Grey. Attention to detail can be seen throughout with the ‘E’ embossed on the gearbox control is a nod to the DS E-TENSE electric Concept Car.


Type of hybrid vehicle Plug-in petrol
Average autonomy 50km / 31 miles in Electric mode (WLTP)
Fuel mixed consumption < 2.2 l/100km / 128mpg (WLTP)
CO2 mixed emissions < 50g/km (WLTP)
Top speed In Electric mode: 135km/h / 83mph

In internal combustion mode: 220km/h / 136mph

PERFORMANCE 4-wheel drive version
Total power 300hp
Torque > 450Nm
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h / 0 to 62mph 6.5 seconds
80 to 120 km/h / 50 to 70mph 4.4 seconds
1000m from a standing start 27 seconds
CHARACTERISTICS 4-wheel drive version
Power 2 electric motors, 4×4
(Positioned front and back)
Front: 80kW/110hp (337Nm)
Rear: 80Kw/110hp (166Nm)
Type 1.6l PureTech petrol engine Euro 6.3 compliant (front)
Configuration 4 cylinders
Displacement 1598 cm3
Maximum power 147kW/200hp at 5500rpm
Maximum torque 300Nm at 3000rpm
Type EAT8 eight-speed electrified automatic transmission
Type Lithium-Ion
Total energy 13.2kWh
Power 90kW
Voltage 240 – 400V
Dimensions (Y x X x Z) 1,150x400x300
Weight 120kg
Charge time Depending on the type of plug:

  • 2h on a 32A ‘wallbox’ plug (with a 6.6kW charger)
  • 4h on a 14A ‘Green Up’ plug
  • 8h on a domestic 8A plug

Other than mains charging, the battery of a plug-in hybrid can be recharged via

  • the electric motor in the deceleration phase
  • the combustion engine during the driving phase