2019 Citroen DS7 Specs Update And Price
2019 Citroen DS7. Work began on the President’s car a full seven months before its Geneva Motor Show debut. As well as the custom roof, the DS7 features personalised 20-inch wheels, a tailored leather interior and unique badging. Earlier this year DS7 revealed an exclusive launch version of its new DS7 Crossback SUV, which will be on sale for a limited time period only. As a result, it has tasked its designers and engineers with creating a model that delivers a distinctively Gallic take on luxury and refinement.
Compact SUV proportions and simple surfacing both feature, with the Crossback offering a hint of Lexus in its design. Is this the most high-profile first public test ever? New French President Emmanuel Macron took his first journey to the Champs-Elysées in the all-new 2019 Citroen DS7 Crossback. This unique presidential DS7 SUV is tricked out with a bespoke roof that fully opens up, so the new president could wave to the public at his inauguration, along with French Republic badging and Tricolour flags.
Sadly, this won’t become a ‘Presidential Pack’ when the car goes on sale in 2019 although who wouldn’t want to stand and wave to passers-by on their local high street blasting La Marsellaise? Along with the special details, Macron’s personal 7 is finished in dark Ink Blue with 20-inch alloy wheels and black leather interior. Aimed at the burgeoning ranks of compact premium crossovers, the 2019 Citroen DS7 will offer very nearly the space of an Audi Q5 at Q3 prices.
Inside there’s room for five adults (and plenty of it) and a decent 550-litre boot (rising to 1750 litres with the rear bench stowed). Thanks to a hang-off rear electric axle for hybridised 4wd versions, there is no propshaft to steal foot- and leg room for rear-seat passengers. It’s only available as a five-seater, with no plans for a seven-seat spin-off. Those back seats recline individually to juggle space for limbs and luggage and it’s chic and comfy in here – just watch out for the optional full-length glass sunroof, which predictably robs headroom in the back. The DS7’s major party piece is some of the coolest headlamps yet to grace any production car. All but the entry-level models will sport active lights which pulse purple on unlock and actively swivel in a captivating show of illuminatory splendour at start-up. Bystanders will be impressed.
The system by Italian lighting specialists Magnetti Marelli is the most cutting edge we’ve seen on a mainstream brand. CAR has seen them in action and can report they’re deeply cool a stand-out piece of theatre, we predict. Think of a clever lighting detail on a rival and the DS7 has it. Audi’s sweeping directional indicators? Yep. Full LED tech, for lower CO2, higher brightness and funky patterns? Got that too. The beam pattern is minutely controlled, with different illumination for urban, rural and motorway driving, and three individual LED beams on each side are minutely controlled, swivelling every which way for the modern-day equivalent of the directional headlamps on a 1960s DS7. The rear lights (above) are pretty cool, too, using laser etching and plenty of lens trickery to give them a three-dimensional aura.
They’ve nabbed a trick or two from the premium sector, using 22 metres of adhesive in the construction to make a 25% stiffer and quieter structure (better for handling, refinement and crash safety). The Crossback is based on PSA’s EMP2 platform you’ll find underpinning many mid-sized Citroens and Peugeots, but it’s given various fillips to nudge it upmarket. For starters, there’s a new multi-link rear axle to locate the back wheels more precisely plus the 2019 Citroen DS7 take on Mercedes’ road-scanning Magic Ride, which uses a camera to detect potholes ahead and soften the dampers appropriately.
A little like the original Déesse, non? Note also the double-glazed acoustic windows, night vision, massaging seats (with a mode called ‘cat paw!’) and nearly a square metre of leather cladding the doors, armrest and dashboard trumping all German rivals in the sector, according to DS7. The quilted door car 2019 Citroen DS7 are a neat touch, screaming premium. Up front lies the group’s biggest touchscreen a whopping 12 inches in diameter on the highest-spec models (lowlier ones get an 8in).
The petrol engine option is a turbocharged 1.6-litre producing 222 bhp. 2019 Citroen DS7 it can do 0-62 mph in 8.3 seconds and enables a top speed of 141 mph, while returning a claimed 39.2 mpg. The other engine choice is a 178 bhp 2.0-litre diesel. It’s not as sprightly, taking 9.4 seconds to hit 62 mph and topping out at 128 mph, but it promises much better fuel economy with a claimed 58.8 mpg. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Also appearing in the 2019 Citroen DS7 will be the E-TENSE plug-in hybrid system, which is slated to hit dealers in 2019. Combining a 197 bhp 1.6-litre turbo with two electric motors, it’ll produce 296 bhp and travel up to 37 miles in pure-electric mode. It should also emit less than 50 g/km of CO2. Until this version arrives, buyers have a choice of the familiar 128 bhp 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol, as well as two more powerful 1.6 THP cars. A pair of diesels will also be offered, with an eight-speed auto standard on all but the basic models.
The new DS7 Crossback is aimed at the Lexus NX, Audi Q3, Range Rover Evoque and BMW X1, the French firm says. It’s called the 2019 Citroen DS7 Crossback La Premiere, and order books are open between now and the end of the year. Prices start from £42,650, with two engine choices available, and for that money plenty of standard equipment is included.