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This is the DS7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4, a plug-in hybrid variant of the French SUV that was revealed in 2017. According to the company, the PHEV model marks an important point in its future as all new models will be electrified versions thereafter.

Focusing on the powertrain first, the DS7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4 features a 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder PureTech petrol engine that makes 197 hp (200 PS) at 5,550 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm. An EAT8 eight-speed electrified automatic transmission is mated to the engine.

The internal combustion engine (ICE) is helped along by two 107 hp (109 PS or 80 kw) electric motors – one on each axle to provide all-wheel drive. DS Automobiles notes that the unit at the front has a higher torque output at 337 Nm compared to the 166 Nm at the rear.

Put together, the end result is a total system output of 296 hp (300 PS) and 450 Nm, which is good for a 0-100 km/h time of 6.5 seconds, while the usual highway overtaking sprint from 80-120 km/h takes just 4.4 seconds. While running on the ICE, the vehicle’s top speed is 220 km/h but is lowered to 135 km/h when only the electric motors are in play.

Those motors draw power from a vehicle floor-mounted, 120 kg, 13.2 kWh lithium-ion battery (90 kW power rating) that operates between 240-400 volts, allowing the SUV to travel on electricity alone for up to 50 km (WLTP). Meanwhile, the claimed combined fuel consumption figure is around 2.2 litres per 100 km (WLTP), while CO2 emissions is below 49 g/km.

By default, the car starts in Zero emission mode whereby only the electric motors provide the motivation. Drivers can also swap to Hybrid mode that summons the ICE into action when needed, Sport mode for maximum performance, and 4WD mode when optimum traction is necessary on varying terrain. A final mode, E-Save, preserves enough energy to drive in all-electric mode for the last 10-20 km of a journey.

As for recharging the battery, it’ll take about two hours when the SUV is plugged (Type 2 connect) into a 6.6 kW charger linked to a 32 A power point, four hours with a 14 A plug, and eight hours on a domestic 8 A plug. Other means of getting the battery juiced up are via regenerative braking or using the ICE as a generator.

Visually, the car looks largely indifferent from a regular DS7 Crossback aside from the addition of a charging port on the left side of the vehicle, as well as the letter ‘E’ embossed on the gear lever – a nod to the DS E-Tense concept from 2016.