The production version of a car Autocar has driven in prototype form, the E-Tense is due to be unveiled in full at the Paris motor show in early October. It gets its name from the brand’s supercar concept from the 2016 Geneva motor show.
The E-Tense combines a 197bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine with two 108bhp electric motors, together providing 296bhp and 332lb ft of torque. A 13.2kWh battery pack can power the car on electricity alone for 31 miles, up to a speed of 83mph.
Official average fuel economy is around 128mpg on the new WLTP test cycle, while CO2 emissions are less than 50g/km, although more precise figures will be released closer to the car's on-sale date.
This powertrain will be shared with all other PSA plug-in hybrids but is the first to make it to market. The Citroën C5 Aircross PHEV will have the same set-up, as will the Peugeot 508 and 3008 plug-in hybrids.
The car’s top speed is claimed to be 136mph, while acceleration to 62mph takes 6.5sec - on par with a Ford Focus ST. Power is delivered to all four wheels.
Four drive modes are available to the driver: Zero Emission, which runs on the electric motors alone; Sport, which combines the motors for maximum power; Hybrid, which optimises fuel consumption, and 4WD. An additional E-Save mode allows the driver to keep a small amount of charge in reserve for the last few miles of their journey.
DS claims that the 7 Crossback E-Tense takes two hours to charge from a 6.6kW wall box, or eight hours from a three-pin socket. Boot space is unaltered over the standard car's, because the 120kg battery pack is located underneath the car’s floor.
Distinguishing features are limited to E-Tense badging at the rear of the car and a new paint colour and alloy wheel design.
Pricing is expected to start at around £50,000 when sales begin in early 2019.