France has officially entered the luxury saloon segment With the DS 9. Yes, saloon, not SUV – yay! Underneath the attractive body shell sits PSA’s EMP2 front-wheel-drive architecture. This is the first time this structure has been used in a saloon car before, with it resulting in more space for rear passengers despite its sloping roof and fastback style.
Under the bonnet sits a PureTech petrol engine which is connected to a single motor Combined, they produce 225 hp, with the motor and 11.9 kWh battery giving an electric-only range of up to 31 miles. Just under electric power, it will reach a top speed of 84mph. Later down the line a 250 hp powertrain will be available, and eventually, a 360 hp AWD performance powertrain, too. Each of these specs will be shovelled through an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
In the hunt for the ultimate luxury experience, it has an active suspension system that scans the road ahead looking for imperfections to adapt to, just like a Rolls-Royce. In fact, with the car geared to give you the best luxury driving experience available, it even offers five different settings for the LED headlights: city, country, highway driving, parking, and bad weather. Night vision is also available.
Inside the car there are two screens. One in the centre console which acts as the main computer for the car, and one behind the steering wheel for displaying important information. The interior can be specced by the buyer, where they can choose from a sea of leather, Alcantara, mood lighting, and other custom interior bits and pieces that are taken care of by the DS Inspirations service. On top of that, 14 speakers are used to create high-quality audio.
The car is full to the brim with technology, including two levels of semi-autonomy which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, and lane-keep assist. As an option, the car will also change lanes for you when you use the indicator. But just in case you think this could be dangerous, this intelligent vehicle will be keeping an eye on you and will sound an alarm if it thinks you’re not paying attention.
Pricing is yet to be released, but the car should be hitting the market in the second half of 2020.