The recently gone independent DS Automobiles brand has expanded rapidly its portfolio of models, though some of them have been exclusively designed and produced for China.
The rest of the markets have remained a little behind, but it appears now the French upscale automaker has devised plans that will push forward the global lineup in the next few years, including a rumored sport utility vehicle. According to a published story in AutoExpress, the parent company PSA Peugeot Citroen has started work on a completely new architecture that should underpin models for all three brands – Peugeot, Citroen and DS Automobiles. The first models to enter the roster with the entirely new platform should be the new generations of the Peugeot 208 and the replacement for the ageing DS3. The latter is of interest to us today, because it will arrive somewhere in 2018 in showrooms and it will coincide with the introduction of the new sport utility vehicle, currently named (unconfirmed) the DS3 SUV.
No official word on the model is available now, but the rumor mill puts the upcoming French crossover on par with competitors such as the Mini Countryman and the yet to be released Audi Q1. Since it’s a subcompact crossover, for now all-wheel drive is out of the question – mainly because DS claims the system is not very popular among customers in this class. Powertrain details include engines shared by the DS3 and DS3 sport utility vehicle, including the upgraded 1.2-liter PureTech petrol and a modified 1.6 HDi diesel. With diesel and petrol units using turbo, a hybrid powertrain option is also a possibility to reduce the model’s emissions levels.