The all-electric DS 3 E-TENSE has been updated, with the most significant change that EV drivers will want to know about being a longer driving range – now 250 miles.
A new, slightly larger 54 kWh (50.8 kWh usable) battery is the main reason for the longer range. However other changes include improved battery energy density, liquid cooling to control the battery temperature, and a heat pump.
We're expecting that this new battery means the model's real world range figures will also improve and we're expecting around 200 miles to be the model's new benchmark.
There’s also a new, more efficient 155 hp electric motor, with improved ability to recover energy. Aerodynamics have also been tweaked, thanks to design changes to the front of the car, flush-fitting door handles, and 10mm lower ground clearance on models with ‘tall and narrow’ 17 and 18-inch wheels.
As well as being more energy efficient, new LED headlamps improve lighting at night, and DS MATRIX LED VISION – available as an option – allows you to drive at night with the main beam constantly on, by adjusting the light pattern from the headlights so that the lights don’t dazzle oncoming drivers.
The DS 3 E-TENSE can rapid charge at up to 100 kW DC, which allows a 0% to 80% charge in 25 minutes. It can also charge at up to 11 kW AC, a rate of charging which is most commonly found in the UK at workplaces with a three-phase electricity supply, when a 0% to 100% charge could be completed in five hours.
As well as minor exterior styling changes, there are also revisions to the DS 3’s interior, including a new infotainment system with a larger, high definition 10.3-inch central touchscreen, which can display 360-degree images from external cameras. The layout of the controls for the infotainment system has changed, there’s a new steering wheel, and the driving position is different.
The new DS 3 will be available to order in October, with the first cars due to arrive in the UK in January 2023.
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