DS will have an all-new six-model line-up by 2020, including models that will be specific to China. Speaking at the recent ‘DS Week’ exhibition, celebrating 60 years since the launch of the original DS model in 1955, Ribault told Autocar: “In the B, C and D-segments, the DS brand will concentrate on SUVs and sedans. These are the most important segments for us. We will also have an SUV model in Europe in the future.
“The DS 6 [a China-only SUV] was engineered specifically for the Chinese market and will only be offered with petrol engines and automatic transmissions. For European sales, we would also need diesel engines.”
This suggests that DS’s entry-level three-door hatchback could be replaced towards the end of the decade by a compact SUV, as could the larger DS 5. The other four DS models are likely to be saloons, but it is possible that not all six models will be sold in Europe. China is an especially important market for DS and it may demand at least one bespoke model.