It’s been months since the DS7 Crossback made its appearance here in Malaysia, but now, the DS Store PJ has revealed the pricing for the SUV on its Facebook page, with the Performance Line costing RM199,888 (on-the-road without insurance). The Performance Line variant carries the same specifications as the KLIMS debutant, which is the model you see in this set of photos.

Included in the price is a five-year or 120,000 km manufacturer’s warranty, as well as three years free service – the latter is only available for the first 100 customers. There are three colours to choose from, those being Platinum Grey, Nero Black and Absolute Red.

To the uninitiated, the DS7 Crossback poses as an alternative to the likes of the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Audi Q5. Design-wise, it’s definitely one of the more distinctive looking SUVs out there. Primary cues include the DS Wings grille that are accompanied by four-element LED headlamps, a wide trim piece that separates the upper and lower inlets, small rectangular fog lamps with unique vertical LED daytime running lights, the latter specifically made to look like “beaded stitches.”

In profile, strong lines over the front and rear wheel arches give the SUV a more athletic look. It sits on 19-inch ‘Beijing’ Black Onyx diamond-cut alloy wheels (unique to the Performance Line trim), and behind you’ll spot the slim LED tail lights featuring intricate diamond-themed graphics. They are joined by a chrome trim on the tailgate. Further down, you’ll find slim fog lamps followed by a pair of angular exhaust exits.

Inside, the diamond theme continues. One will find a 12.3-inch digital display instrument cluster, centre-mounted eight-inch high-definition touchscreen infotainment display (supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) with a row of controls below it, distinctive patterns on the Black Basalt Alcantara seats, as well as a fancy four-spoke flat-bottomed leather steering wheel with paddle shifters.

Other features include a wireless charging tray for compatible smart devices (tucked away behind a panel), dual-zone climate control, and a 14-speaker Focal Electra sound speaker system. There’s also powered front seats, rear air-con vents with digital controls, a powered tailgate, easy-folding second row seats, and a BRM R180 clock that is hidden out of sight when the car is turned off.

Powering the 1,485-kg SUV is the automaker’s ubiquitous 1.6 litre THP four-cylinder petrol engine, making 165 hp at 5,500 rpm and 240 Nm from 1,650 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission, and the approximate zero to 100 km/h sprint time is achieved in 10.2 seconds. The top speed is rated at 220 km/h, whereas average fuel consumption is 7.5 litres per 100 km.

On the safety side of things, the DS7 Crossback gets six airbags, ABS with EBD, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Anti-Skid Regulation (ASR), Dynamic Stability Control, Driver Attention Warning, and two Isofix mounting points for the two outer rear seats.

GALLERY: DS7 Crossback Performance Line at KLIMS 2018