The DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE has also just gained a longer driving range. It’s only a seven per cent improvement, but that now gives the car an official combined range of up to 212 miles.
So what’s the secret behind achieving the extra range? Well, DS says that there are a few reasons. Firstly, a heat pump has been developed with a moisture sensor for increased efficiency. Offered as standard, the heat pump enables heat to be produced by compression to generate hot air, meaning that energy consumption is reduced.
The gear ratio has also been changed to improve efficiency – DS claims that this was an outcome from its Formula E team, which has won four Formula E titles. And there are also new, more efficient tyres. The Continental EcoContact 6 Q introduces a new compound with high silica technology to improve rolling resistance and reduce noise emissions.
The DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE has a 50kWh lithium-ion battery and a 100kW/136hp electric motor. It can be charged from 0-80% in 30 minutes at a 100kW rapid charger.
The DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE is front-wheel drive and comes with three driving modes of Eco, Normal and Sport. It has a kerb weight of 1523kg which is relatively light for a battery electric vehicle. Trim levels include Bastille, Rivoli, Performance Line and Performance Line+.
In the UK, 40 per cent of DS customers have bought either a fully electric or plug-in hybrid model in 2021. From 2024 every new DS Automobiles model will be 100 per cent electric.