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Replacement for discontinued DS 4 will receive a hatchback and an SUV-styled Crossback variant
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20 February 2020

The expansion of the DS range is set to continue with an all-new DS 4 and DS 4 Crossback, and the first prototype has now been spotted testing. 

Tipped to go on sale in 2021, the second-generation C-segment car will be the next core model to be launched from the PSA Group's premium brand after a large saloon that's due in the coming months.

As announced in 2017, DS still intends to have six models on sale by 2023.

Autocar understands that the new 4 line-up will reflect that of the previous-generation car, which was taken off sale in 2018. That means there will be a traditional hatchback version to rival the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and a jacked-up model with crossover styling cues to go up against the Mercedes-Benz GLA

The model in these images is almost certainly the former, with a low, wide stance and little in the way of ground clearance. Expect a greater visual departure for the 4 Crossback, while both should ditch the fixed rear windows criticised on the old car. 

Expect the new 4 to make use of the PSA Group's versatile EMP2 platform in its latest iteration. While that means an electric version is unlikely, we should see an E-Tense plug-in hybrid variant alongside petrols and diesels, as PSA has made a commitment to electrify every new model it launches. 

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20 February 2020

 That could be any car brand, it's a waste of pixels.

21 February 2020
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 That could be any car brand, it's a waste of pixels.

That's not the final styling. It's concealed for now.

20 February 2020

I wonder at what point PSA will pull the plug on DS as surely 53,000 sales in 2019 (in Europe at least) can't be seen as a success. Especially when Citroen sold over 620,000 cars over the same period and Peugeot sold just short of a 1,000,000 cars. Although with the combined figures of a profitable Citroen and Peugeot, I suppose PSA can afford to continue with a very low volume premium brand even it's barely profitable. I'm sure rebranding some Citroen models as DSs during their lifecycle didn't help matters.

21 February 2020
Lanehogger wrote:

I wonder at what point PSA will pull the plug on DS

I wonder why they even started it in the first place. Surely investing in one of their other nameplates would have made more sense ( either Peugeot or Citroen ), especially at a time when their finances where at an all time low. Then they added Opel.

And now they're adding Alfa Romeo and Lancia ( and Fiat ) to the fold, all the while stating that no brand will be discontinued. Why not? There's nothing they can do with DS ( low European sales, almost-down-to-zero Chinese sales, no image to speak of ) that can't be done with Lancia, or maybe even ditching them both and doing a serious long term investment into Alfa.

Just stop it. Alfa needs a C segment hatch. There's still more than enough time for a re-skin. They've done it before, successfuly, with both the current C3 ( 208 I ) and the new Corsa ( 208 II ). Just cut down on your ( almost certain ) losses PSA.

FFS.

20 February 2020

That could be a C4, as it's just a bog standard hatchback really.

20 February 2020

I wonder how much this will differ from the forthcoming C4 Cactus Autocar showed in similar disguise a few weeks ago.

And the DS4 didn't have pop out rear windows, you couldn't open them at all, shouldn't a motoring journalist know this?

12 May 2020
Jaguar sold 76k vehicles in Europe last year and I don't think JLR will pull the plug. Why would PSA do that? 53k is pretty good considering the high margins on each vehicle.
I don't know the numbers but I have a feeling they make more money on one DS than ten Citroëns.

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