Currently reading: New DS 9 saloon takes aim at Audi A4
Range-topping executive set to arrive at Geneva with mix of petrol and plug-in hybrid powertrains
Mark Tisshaw
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24 February 2020

DS has revealed a new range-topping executive saloon targeted directly at the Audi A4. The DS 9, set to make its global debut at the Geneva motor show, is based on the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform and closely related to the Peugeot 508.

Codenamed X83, the 9 is the third new-era model for the PSA Group’s premium arm following the 3 Crossback and 7 Crossback SUVs. It will be built exclusively in China, the market expected to take the majority of sales, and exported around the world from there.

The range of powertrains will include three plug-in hybrids. The range-topper is a four-wheel-drive E-Tense model that mixes a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine with an electric motor in the eight-speed automatic gearbox to drive the front wheels and uses a further electric motor on the rear axle for a combined 355bhp. This is an uprated version of the 296bhp drivetrain used in the 7 Crossback E-Tense.

A front-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid option new to DS is also offered in the 9. This does without the electric motor on the rear axle to offer a combined 222bhp from the engine and electric motor driving the front wheels.

An electric-only range of up to 31 miles is available on this model through the car’s 11.9kWh battery pack. It can be driven on purely electric power at speeds of up to 84mph or left in its standard hybrid mode, which allows the car to decide when best to deploy the electric range. The third plug-in hybrid is a 247bhp version of the front-wheel-drive model. There’s also a 222bhp 1.6-litre petrol model without hybrid assistance, but no diesel will be offered.

The design of the 9 builds on that seen on the 7 Crossback, which kicked off this new era for DS independent from being a Citroën sub-brand. The saloon is 4.93m long and 1.85m wide with a 2.9m long wheelbase. This makes it more than 200mm longer than its Audi rival, 80mm of which is in the wheelbase, and a similar width.

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DS is talking up the rear cabin space of the new car, as well as the high quality trim materials. These include a Nappa leather dashboard, watchstrap-style leather seats, leather door handles and an Alcantara headlining.

Dynamically, the 9 comes with MacPherson strut front suspension on all models and double wishbone rear suspension on the plug-in hybrid models. A torsion beam is fitted to the rear of the petrol-only car.

The 9 will become available to order in the second half of this year and is due for delivery early next year. Prices will be closely aligned to the A4, starting at around £30,000, but DS will push the extra space and equipment over the A4 as its point of differentiation.

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24 February 2020

Good god that thing is hiddeous..

24 February 2020
..... hiddeous??

24 February 2020
Rick Maverick wrote:

..... hiddeous??

The formless, shapeless, vaguely sedan shaped blob with overstyled blingey detailing at the top of this page

24 February 2020

Would easily chose the DS9 over a dull A4. 

Backs: Latin elegance

24 February 2020

 back!

24 February 2020

This may do well in China but U.K.?

Not a chance.

24 February 2020

I'm surprised DS went to the time and effort of giving the 9 its own looks when it's styling cues are so similar to the Peugeot 508. May as well have just simply made a saloon version of the Peugeot, tack on a DS grille and rebadge it as a DS. Either way, little point in selling the DS9 in the UK as big French cars hardly sell anymore.

24 February 2020
Lanehogger wrote:

I'm surprised DS went to the time and effort of giving the 9 its own looks when it's styling cues are so similar to the Peugeot 508. May as well have just simply made a saloon version of the Peugeot, tack on a DS grille and rebadge it as a DS. Either way, little point in selling the DS9 in the UK as big French cars hardly sell anymore.

Yeah basically its a 508 with different front and rear ends, whilst the interior has some merit and the 508 is a good car, overall the DS9 is hideous, it does not in any way deserve to wear either Citroen or DS badges.

Please, please would some one with integrity and respect for the once great and truly pioneering Citroen and DS badges put them out of their misery once and for all and close down the brands, I cant bear to see these great names sullied with the total sh*t that PSA has stuck these badges on for the last 30 years and every new model gets worse. I d rather remember them for the amazing cars they used to make than watch a long slow decline, PSA's treatment of Citroen does not bode well for Alfa and Lancia after the merger with FCA.

24 February 2020

You can see the Peugeot 508 sticking through it's skin. This will obviously be the basis for the next Vauxhall Insignia.

24 February 2020

It will be built exclusively in China

French premium...

Sad days...

 

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