Ever since Citroen stopped making the C6 back in 2012, France has been starving for a large, premium saloon that could, at least in some aspects, keep up with various German offerings.
Enter the new DS 9, riding on the PSA Group’s EMP2 V2.3 platform. It’s arguably the most elegant car France has produced in almost a decade, and it’s priced locally from €47,700 ($56,774).
Go for the top spec E-TENSE 4×4 360 model and that can set you back as much as €80,000 ($95,218).
There are a total of three available power units for the time being, starting with a PureTech 225 gasoline variant, followed by two plug-in hybrids in the E-TENSE 225 and E-TENSE 4×4 360. Another, longer-range E-TENSE 250 model will soon complete the lineup.
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The flagship DS 9 E-TENSE 4×4 360 uses 110 and 113 PS electric motors, working alongside a 200 PS PureTech gasoline unit for a combined 360 PS (355 HP) and 520 Nm (384 lb-ft) of torque. The spec also comes with black DS Performance logo brake calipers and 20-inch Munich alloy wheels.
There will only be two trim levels available at launch in the Performance Line + and Rivoli +. The former offers a black Alcantara interior, chrome badges on the front doors, DS Performance Line logos, gloss back grille, perforated full grain leather steering wheel and more. The Rivoli + on the other hand is said to connect quality materials with premium diamond-shape trim.
As for its convenience and active safety technology, the DS 9 comes with Level 2 autonomous driving features, the DS Active Scan Suspension, DS Active LED Vision headlights, a Focal Electra sound system, Proximity Keyless Entry & Start, DS Night Vision, Driver Attention Monitoring, Active Blind Spot Monitoring, Extended Traffic Sign Recognition and Active Safety Brake.
A total of five exterior colors are being offered in Pearl White, Midnight Blue, Pearl Crystal, Artense Grey and Perla Nera Black.
First deliveries are scheduled to commence in September of 2021, so there is some waiting to be done.