Stellantis’ DS brand has had an electrification strategy in place since the brand was launched in 2014. With the arrival of its DS 9 in 2020, DS Automobiles’ full-size sedan has been making a name for itself in both the European and Asian marketplaces thanks to a lineup that includes both gasoline and gasoline/plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrains. Now that 2022 is almost here, DS is ready to welcome another new PHEV setup for the DS 9.
The DS 9 E-TENSE 250 introduces a 200 horsepower PureTech four-cylinder engine accompanied by an 80kW (110 horsepower) electric motor. A new 15.6kWh battery, with the same number of cells as the 2021 DS 9 E-TENSE 225 model, enables the driver to go 43 miles (70 kilometers) in the city and up to 38 miles (61 kilometers) in mixed driving conditions, according to the WLTP test cycle. A 7.4kW onboard charger allows the DS 9 E-TENSE 250 to charge from 0 to 100% in about 2 hours, 23 minutes.
Thanks to its electric motor system, the DS 9 E-TENSE 250 can drive up to speeds of 84 mph (135 km/h) on electricity alone. When paired with the gasoline four-cylinder engine, the car can reach its electronically limited top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h). The new powertrain also lets the DS 9’s CO2 emissions be reduced to just 26g/km while providing a fuel consumption rating of 214 mpg (1.1 liter/100km).
Two trim levels will be available in France. The first is the PERFORMANCE LINE +, which starts at €58,000 (or about $65,621.20 USD). That package includes Black Alcantara® and leather seats with Carmine and Gold stitching, Alcantara covered center console and dash, crystal inserts under the central touchscreen, embossed aluminum DS PERFORMANCE LINE badge on the instrument panel, and perforated full-grain leather multi-function steering wheel.
On the exterior, the PERFORMANCE LINE + gets chrome badges on the doors, chrome “WINGS” and trunk strip on the rear of the vehicle, and a Gloss Black grille with the PERFORMANCE LINE logo. A set of 19-inch Black “MONACO” aluminum wheels with Carmine center caps are also fitted to enhance the exterior look.
The second trim is the RIVOLI + model. That package starts at €60,900 (or about $68,902.26 USD). The RIVOLI + combines quality materials with diamond-shaped premium trim. Three different interiors can be chosen. Basalt Black Leather is made from grain leather or OPÉRA with, as options, two colors of Nappa leather, characterized by Rubis Red or Black watchstrap upholstery seats.
The elegance of OPÉRA is illustrated through the use of Nappa leather on the seats front and rear, the center console, the door panels and completely covering the dashboard. The premium central rear armrest and the adjustable Lounge head restraints complete the comfort offered by the rear seats. The steering wheel, the gear shifter knob, and the grab handles are also covered in leather. Aluminum accents can be found on the pedals and the center console, while the headliner, sun visors, and rear window area are finished in Alcantara® with “pearl” stitching inspired by French high fashion.
Of course, the DS 9 is loaded with the same Level 2 semi-autonomy and safety technology we have come to love in most Stellantis vehicles.
While there is an available all-wheel-drive (AWD) E-TENSE 360 model, the DS 9 E-TENSE 250 is only available in front-wheel-drive (FWD). The DS 9 is based on the EMP2 architecture that underpins other Stellantis vehicles like Peugeot 508 and Citroën C5X crossover.