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Cars of the week: the DS 7 evolves

Flagship model of the French premium brand, the DS 7 refines its style, some of its equipment and is available in a new “sporty” version of 360 hp.

PHOTOS: A. SAUNIER

Launched in 2018, the DS 7 Crossback quickly became a success. It now represents more than half of the brand’s sales, far ahead of the DS 3 Crossback, the DS 9 and the very recent DS 4. A fine commercial performance which also places it at the top of the premium SUV category in France, facing the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes GLC… The manufacturer had no room for error during this restyling. The name has been simplified (the name “Crossback” disappears), and the style evolves discreetly. You don’t change a winning line! Elegance remains the common thread. The most obvious transformations concern the grille, enlarged for more presence and more angular, on the theme of the “DS Wings” in the shape of a boomerang, typical of the brand. It is also found in the daytime running lights, enlarged and now made up of fine light lines (33 le ds each). Refined, the projectors benefit from a new technology “Pixel Led Vision 3.0” which changes the look. The restyled DS 7 will thus be recognized at first glance in the mirrors. At the rear, the “vortex-effect scale treatment” lights are thinner, while the DS Automobiles inscription sits on a black strip that replaces the chrome one, between the two headlight units. The differences are less obvious in the cabin. Dressed to the nines, this one always gives pride of place to noble materials (Nappa leather, Alcantara, aluminium, chrome, etc.). The infotainment system has a new interface whose menus, more reactive, appear as soon as you approach the finger of the screen. The latter, with an unchanged size (12’/31 cm), has a better resolution which makes it easier to read.

Launch : September 2022

Length (in m) : 4, 60 m

Diesel engines : 130 ch

Plug-in hybrid engines: 225 ch, 300 ch and 360 ch

Transmission : 4×2 et 4×4

Prices : from €41,500*

* Estimation Auto Plus.

PHOTOS: Y.LEFEBVRE

PHOTOS: Y.LEFEBVRE

PHOTOS: Y.LEFEBVRE

A 360 hp engine!

The mechanical offer is also evolving. The 180 hp petrol engine disappears from the catalog. The 130 hp diesel and the two “E-Tense” plug-in hybrid blocks of 225 and 300 hp are maintained. The only change: the capacity of their battery goes from 13.2 to 14.2 kWh. DS announces up to 80 km of autonomy in the city in 100% electric. As in the current range, the 4×4 transmission is reserved for the 300 hp. It shares it with an unprecedented “sporty” 360 hp version with widened tracks, chassis lowered by 15 mm, 21” rims… It is presented in the La Première finish at €77,000*. The other prices will be communicated at the end of the summer, for marketing in September.

Renault Zoe, new redesign

At the start of the year, the electric city car adopted new names for its finishes. Farewell to “Life”, “Zen” and “Intens”; make way for “Equilibre”, “Evolution” and “Techno”. The Zoe even took the opportunity to lower its prices (from 500 to 1,300 € less). Today, another modification is announced, but it only targets the top of the range: the R 135 Techno becomes “Iconic”. It is fitted with 17” rims, a side sticker at the bottom of the doors, while the radiator grille and the surround of the foglamps take on the color “Warm Titanium”. On board, it receives a multimedia screen of 9.3 ”/23 cm (against 7 ”/18 cm). In addition, on all finishes, the “E” of Zoe is tinted in gold. Although prices do not officially increase, they have done so on several occasions since February, more than catching up with the drop at the start of the year: the Tech no/Iconic R 135, at €36,900*, has thus risen from €1,700 in total, just like the Equilibre R 110 (€33,700*). Between the two, the Evolution R 110, at €34,900*, saw its price increase by €1,400.

* Hors bonus.

PHOTOS : RENAULT

The Renegade’s little brother is getting ready…

Last March, Carlos Tavares, boss of the Stellantis group, unveiled images of a concept car announcing the brand’s first electric model, but without giving more information. Today, we see that the project is progressing, since this “Baby Jeep”, as it is nicknamed, was seen in camouflage. This urban SUV, whose length would be less than the 4.24 m of the Jeep Renegade, should adopt the e-CMP platform of the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense and Peugeot e-2008. Like them, it would be offered with thermal engines, and a 100 kW (136 hp) electric with a 50 kWh battery. In terms of style, we will find the seven-bar grille, typical of the brand, as well as lines inspired by those of the Renegade and Compass.

After carrying out a whole series of road tests, this city crossover should arrive on the market in early 2023.

Citroën Ami Buggy sold out in 17 mins and 28 secs!

The limited series put on sale on the Internet on Tuesday June 21 at 12 p.m. was an incredible success, despite its additional cost (+ €2,000)! The 50 models on offer were swept up in record time (less than 18 minutes). The fastest customer even made their purchase in 2 minutes and 53 seconds!

A “real” hybrid block for the Suzuki S-Cross

Until now, this SUV rival of the Toyota C-HR was only sold with a 1.4 gasoline unit with light hybridization 48V.

From now on, the S-Cross is also entitled to a “full hybrid” mechanism. Inaugurated by the Vitara, it uses a 102 hp 1.5 petrol engine and a 33 hp electric unit, for a combined power of 115 hp. All associated with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The S-Cross 1.5 Dualjet Hybrid will be offered in 4×2 and 4×4 transmission, and marketed in the fall of 2022.

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The most registered family SUVs since the beginning of the year

* Estimation Auto Plus.

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