Following the recent teaser, the recently gone independent DS Automobiles has taken the wraps off the E-TENSE concept – labeled as a high-performance electric vehicle.
DS Automobiles is marking one year since it graduated to a standalone brand position within the PSA Peugeot Citroen group and this interesting and exciting concept is they way of blowing the candle. What we have here is an electric Grand Tourer with a stylish design that follows the language set by the Divine DS concept. We have a 4.12-meters long, 2.08-meters wide and very low – just 1.29 meters – vehicle that has a striking side profile. The dramatic appearance is supported by the powertrain choice – a strong electric soul delivering a good 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts) and an instant torque of 381 pound-feet (516 Newton meters). The DS E-Tense is tipped to reach 62 miles (100 kilometers) per hour from a standing start in about four and a half seconds and its top speed is considered to be 155 mph (250 km/h).
Powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, the prototype is estimated to run up to 224 miles (360 km) in the city or as much as 192 miles (310 km) when driven in the combined cycle. While it’s sleek and dynamic in appearance, the concept is rather hefty –tipping the scales at 3,968 pounds (1,800 kg), but fortunately the weight is distributed on 20-inch alloy wheels with custom Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and even sports a carbon monocoque chassis. Handling should be sharp thanks to the two-seater electric GT’s independent superimposed double wishbone suspension and the fact that it has a very low center of gravity – remember the low height, well this one is also helped by the location of the batteries underneath the floor.
DS has not revealed the interior as of yet, the brand only commenting its craftsmen worked for 800 hours to design, test and make the cabin. The dash comes with cold steel accents and the steering wheel takes the shape of a tulip. There’s also a 10-inch infotainment setup with a Focal 640-watt, nine-speaker sound system. The concept will feature its world premiere on March 1 during the Geneva Motor Show.