What we see here is the upcoming DS3 Crossback, seen here testing in North Sweden. The Crossback nameplate has previously appeared on the facelifted DS 4 range, and more recently as a BMW X3 rival in the form of the DS 7 Crossback, which has even served as one-time French presidential transport.

Targeted at the likes of the MINI Countryman and the Audi Q2, the upcoming compact SUV will be the PSA Group’s first model to be based on the new CMP architecture for the group’s compact models, such as the next-generation Peugeot 208. Support for electrified systems will come in a variation of the platform called e-CMP, which will enable the DS 3 Crossback to be among the first in the group to sport a fully electric version.

That pure EV variant has been tipped to boast a 113 hp electric motor fed from a 50kWh battery pack, with up to 450 km in range. The sharing of the CMP platform – and consequently the e-CMP version – among its PSA Group brands also means that the next Peugeot 208 will also benefit and have provision for a pure EV version as well.

Details of petrol- and diesel-powered versions are scant for now. However, these are likely to be developments of 1.2 litre three-cylinder PureTech naturally aspirated and turbocharged mills as well as 1.6 litre turbocharged THP units. There will also be oil burners in the form of the 1.6 litre BlueHDi four-pot turbodiesel – powerplants featured in the 2016 facelift of the current DS 3. The upcoming DS 3 Crossback is expected to reach markets in 2019.

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