Car is likely to be based on underpinnings of current 7 Crossback and Peugeot 508

DS is primed to launch a flagship saloon as early as 2020, according to company sources.

It is thought that the new luxury model will be based on the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform, which underpins numerous other cars within the company including the DS 7 Crossback, the recently revealed Peugeot 508 and the Vauxhall Insignia.

The new model is expected to be the third of six new DS vehicles launched over six consecutive years, following the 7 Crossback in 2018 and a compact electric vehicle due to go on sale next year.

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While the saloon has not been explicitly confirmed, a company source suggested it will be “comparable in every way to the BMW 5 Series”.

Following DS’s recently announced plans to offer only electrified models from 2025, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect the new saloon to be powered by a variation of the 296bhp plug-in hybrid powertrain due to be available with the 7 Crossback next year.

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Speaking on the company’s plans to electrify its model line, DS product development director Eric Apode said: “We’ve said from the beginning, DS has to lead innovation within the PSA Group. It’s totally obvious, then, that DS had to be the leading brand in electrification.

“This is also because of pricing. It [electrification] has to start with premium brands because the prices will be high. Then, as the pricing decreases, it can go to the other brands.”

Apode added that the company was drawing on lessons learned from its involvement in Formula E.

“We’ve been in Formula E for three years now,” he said. “We wanted to get maximum knowledge, maximum experience in electrification and take it back to road cars.

“It’s at the centre of our work.”

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23 May 2018
I could do with a laugh

24 May 2018
It's a flagship. It's not a stupid ugly fat wagon with pointlessly raised suspension.

WINNER.

23 May 2018

Can't belive they used 'DS' 'Rivaling' and 'BMW' in the same sentence LOL.

#Dieselsforlife

23 May 2018
Carz99 wrote:

Can't belive they used 'DS' 'Rivaling' and 'BMW' in the same sentence LOL.

The unnamed DS source didn't say that, they said 'comparable'.

At least DS are managing to antagonise a lot of people who don't and never will own one. That has to be a good thing.

23 May 2018

I was refering to the artiicle title. Anyway, the 2 cars are hardly compareable, one just a big airfix model with an engine whilst the BMW is acutaly a qaulity car. German engineering can't be beaten.

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23 May 2018

Pretty sure the Insignia is based on GM technology pre PSA takeover (e2XX platform) unless Autocar know otherwise? 

 

 

24 May 2018

Youre quite right DS21 - Simon Davis is talking complete b*ll*cks, the Insignia DOES NOT use the PSA EMP2 platform, it uses GM's E2XX platform.

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29 May 2018
DS21 wrote:

Pretty sure the Insignia is based on GM technology pre PSA takeover (e2XX platform) unless Autocar know otherwise? 

 

 

 

Well, there is an article that was captured the story of they made the 508 which I believe is the same platform as the Opel. It started soon as they did the facelift, they visited Germany to do their groundwork to see if they could make the 508 from the GM model, but what they found was not acceptable - too heavy, too thirsty, high emissions and too outdated. That was when they decided to do the 508 internally. The two models were developed alongside on the same PSA platform and were ready from quite a while back. 

I think people really give less credit to PSA than is really due to them just for the reason that they are

French and nothing else. In fact, they have been at the top of their game for the past 10 years, churning out modern exciting cars with excellent efficiency with the best available technology and way above average reliability. 

 

 

23 May 2018

Being comparable in EVERY way, i look forward to the soon to be released RWD DS saloon, fitted with a straight six. But i wouldnt take a bet on it

23 May 2018

Is that all they aim for? I would hope it would be better than a 5-series in several ways:

1. Comfort.

2. Interior space - being on an fwd platform rather than rwd this should be a given.

3. Style.

 

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Citroen CS7 Crossback 2018 front

New French luxury SUV looks derivative and lacks the completeness to easily justify its price. Despite that the DS7 Crossback is refined, fairly lavish and comes with some Gallic charm

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