2018 DS X — DS’ new compact crossover was recently spotted testing for the first time. The car is rumored to be called DS X, but some reports also suggest that it might be named DS 7. It will be the first out of three models that will be launched by the PSA’s luxury brand in the following years. DS X and its two peers are the French brand’s effort to make some more cash from the growing SUV market in Europe.
2018 DS X Specifications
The 2018 DS X car is heavily camouflaged. So, it is a little bit hard to spot noticeable visual cues. However, we can clearly see its shape and smooth lines as well as its rear opening that bears a resemblance to Audi Q5.
Consequently, the car will have more access to the trunk area since the taillights are placed on the hatch. Furthermore, judging from how heavy the camouflage is, it is safe to say that we are looking at the final production body.
It is reported that DS W will have similar elements with Peugeot 2008 . While, DS Y will borrow some visual bits from 5008. AS for DS X, it will be based on Peugeot 3008. Which means we will see lots of Opel Grandland X bits on DS’ compact crossover design. Speaking of the Grandland X, the prototype has also been spotted, and it is set to debut in late 2017.
In the engine department, nothing has been confirmed yet. However, since DS X (2018 DS 7) is also dubbed as “Peugeot 3008’s fancier sibling”, it seems like DS X 2018 will get the similar engine with 3008 but the lesser ones will be ditched. So, let’s expect the company’s usual 3 and 4-cylinder engine both in petrol and diesel form. Furthermore, both manual and automatic transmissions will also be offered.
Plug-in Hybrid in 2018 DS X ?
We know that a plugin hybrid version with all-wheel drive system has been confirmed for Peugeot 3008. As a result, we can expect DS X to receive the same treatment. The internal combustion engine will be in charge to send power to the front wheels while the electric motor will move the rear axles hence the AWD.
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Due to this configuration, the AWD system will only be offered for the plugin hybrid model. In addition, it is reported that Peugeot 3008 will have around 31 miles or 50 km of electric range. And, we can expect the same range in DS X if the latter will really get a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
According to some reports, Peugeot will also make a GTI version of 3008. But, it is not confirmed yet. However, even if this rumor is true, it is very unlikely for 2018 DS X to get a GTI version as well especially since this brand focuses more on luxury than performance.
2018 DS X Release Date and PRICE
The so-called 2018 DS X aka 2018 DS 7 will be built at Mulhouse plant in France. And, if everything goes well, the car might be ready to debut later this year. Following the compact crossover DS X, a smaller DS W is planned to be launched in 2018. After that, a 7-seater DS Y, which is the largest and the last one in the series will also hit the market sometime in 2019 or 2020.
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