New DS 3 E-Tense arrives with fresh looks and bigger range

28 Sep 2022

DS has dropped the Crossback nameplate for its new DS 3 crossover, with the updated model arriving with a sleek exterior design and an improved powertrain. 

Upfront the DS 3 has gained a new front grille, as well as refreshed LED headlights and angular day running lights, to bring it in line with the current DS range. 

DS has updated its powertrain set-up for the 3 E-Tense, with the new model gaining a 54kWh battery (50.8kWh usable) paired with a 115kW electric motor. Range is up to 250 miles on a single charge - that’s 44 miles than the previous model. 

The DS 3 can be charged from 0-80% in 25 minutes using a 100kW charger, while a home wallbox charger with an output of 11kW will replenish the batter in five hours. 

Inside the infotainment screen has been revised with the addition of a 10.3 inch touchscreen display, which operates the firm’s new DS Iris System. Both the digital instrument cluster and touchscreen can be personalised to meet the drivers needs. 

The E-tense will be offered in a number of trim levels with the Opera variant topping the range. A number of options will be available including the firm’s DS Drive Assist which feature a host of safety orientated systems.

Order books have already opened in France, but the DS 3 is likely to go on sale in the UK by the end of 2022. Prices for the E-Tense start from €41,000 (£37,198). 

UK pricing will be revealed soon with the DS set to rival the Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona Electric. 


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