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225 model offers more economy to DS 7 Crossback plug-in range

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Fledgling French premium brand DS has introduced a second more economical and lower-power plug-in hybrid option to the DS 7 Crossback range; the DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE 225.

The new DS offers reduced power and consequently lower CO2 and improved fuel economy

The new DS offers reduced power and consequently lower CO2 and improved fuel economy

The new DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE 225 joins the previously released DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE 4×4, with a slightly lower total power output, using its 180hp petrol engine combined with a 110hp electric motor that produce 225hp system output and hence the car’s name. These power the 19-inch standard black alloy wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

As standard, the new DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE 225 comes with DS’s Active Scan Suspension, which reads the road as the vehicle moves and adjusts the damping according to the surface it sees – the result being a smoother ride, as it can adapt near-instantaneously as necessary.

Electric driving prowess comes from its 13.2kWh battery pack, offering an electric range of up to 34 miles (45 miles at low speed) and an electric-only powered top speed of 84mph.

CO2 emissions are between 31 and 36g/km – slightly lower than the E-TENSE 4×4 model – and fuel consumption is officially between 176.6-201.8mpg; slightly better than the E-TENSE 4×4. Using the petrol engine only, fuel consumption is reportedly between 43.5-46.3mpg.

The new car comes with two charging cables (like other electrified DS models) to facilitate home or workplace charging.

DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE 225 is available across all trim levels and the complete range of DS Inspirations is available: Bastille, Performance Line, Performance Line with leather seats, Pearl Grey Rivoli, Basalt Black Rivoli, Alezan Brown Opera and Art Basalt Black Opera.

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.