The new DS 4 exemplifies why we love French automobiles: the wacky styling.

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The French DS Automobiles luxury brand initially began as a subbrand of Citroën earlier than being spun off into its personal entity in 2015, and its new second-gen DS 4 replaces the mannequin that first launched as a Citroën in 2010. Despite PSA’s merger with FCA to create Stellantis — and rumors of some French automobiles (particularly Peugeot) returning to the US market nonetheless swirling — there’s most likely no likelihood the DS 4 will make it to our shores. And that is too dangerous, as a result of this factor seems to be freakin’ COOL.

Every DS mannequin seems to be as fashion-forward as you’d count on from a trendy French brand, however the DS 4 takes the angular design language to the subsequent stage. The entrance finish is dominated by skinny matrix LED lights and a massive hexagonal grille with diamond inserts, and there are many attention-grabbing creases and contours on the sides of the automotive. But one of the best half is the combo of the greenhouse and the rear finish. The C-pillar involves a spearlike level that follows the traces of the roof, which has a superraked rear window shrouded by an built-in spoiler. The rear overhang is brief, and the taillights have a laser-embossed sample. It all simply seems to be very distinctive and trendy, and DS says the automotive was designed to be as aerodynamic as doable.

Check out that rakish rear window.

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At 173.2 inches lengthy the DS 4 is almost so long as the Mercedes-Benz GLA, however the French hatch is about half a foot shorter in peak than the already carlike German crossover. The 19-inch wheels are commonplace however 20s can be found, and each DS 4 will get these cool pop-out door handles. Like earlier than, there’s a DS 4 Cross mannequin that will get SUV-inspired physique cladding and skid plate parts, whereas a Performance Line model has gloss-black exterior trim.

On the within the general theme is minimal, permitting the intricate detailing to actually shine. A ten-inch touchscreen set into the sprint and a digital gauge cluster are commonplace tools, with a row of bodily buttons set into a lengthy trim piece built-in with the “invisible” air vents that management some local weather options. Most intriguing is the 5-inch touchscreen set within the heart console above the gear selector — the occupants use gesture controls on this display screen for all types of capabilities, ranging from choice of favourite options and zooming in on the map to writing out instructions utilizing handwriting recognition.

The beautiful inside is full of superior tech.

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I particularly love the angled window switches which might be excessive up on the door panels and built-in with the air vents, and there are tons of diamond shapes all through. DS’ signature watch strap-shaped seat sample is obtainable, and the 4’s inside comes with all types of actual wooden and solid carbon trims, leather-based and plaited fabric upholstery and Alcantara accents. The seats are made from high-density foam and you may get them with heating, air flow and therapeutic massage capabilities. DS boasts about handmade manufacturing processes like hidden seams, and the DS 4 is mentioned to be made from 85% recyclable components and 95% reusable supplies.

The DS 4’s powertrains aren’t almost as thrilling as its seems to be or its tech, however there’s nonetheless some attention-grabbing stuff to speak about. It rides on PSA’s EMP2 platform, which underpins a variety of different Citroën and Peugeot fashions, and it is lighter, stiffer and safer than the previous mannequin. Three energy ranges of a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine and one diesel are on provide, however the one you need is the E-Tense. That plug-in-hybrid mannequin pairs a turbo 4 with an electrical motor and a 12.4-kWh battery pack for a whole of 225 horsepower, and it has an electrical vary of 30 miles on the European cycle. (The EMP2 platform may enable for a totally electrical mannequin sooner or later, too.) An eight-speed computerized and front-wheel drive are commonplace throughout the board.

The PHEV E-Tense mannequin has 225 horsepower and a 30-mile vary.

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DS’ Drive Assistant suite of Level 2 semi-autonomous tech has been upgraded with some new options, particularly anticipatory pace adjustment utilizing visitors signal recognition, semiautomatic lane adjustments and pace adjustment in corners. There’s a grip sensor within the steering wheel to raised monitor driver involvement, and “radar corners” enable long-distance blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. 

Other fancy tech contains night time imaginative and prescient and DS’ Active Scan suspension system that makes use of a digicam within the windshield to independently alter damping at every wheel. There’s additionally one thing that DS is calling the “extended head-up display,” which the brand says is step one towards augmented actuality. It initiatives important data onto the street forward, utilizing an optical phantasm to make the 21-inch diagonal show space seem 4 meters forward of the driving force.

The firm says the brand new DS 4 will go on sale within the fourth quarter of 2021 in Europe. Pricing hasn’t been introduced, however the DS 4 ought to begin on the equal of round $35,000. We’re going to maintain our fingers crossed that the DS brand will make its solution to the US, and the DS 4 with it.