The DS7 Crossback will soon go under the knife for a series of mid-lifecycle updates designed to keep it relevant in the premium compact SUV segment. A disguised prototype of the model was spied on in Germany before the rumors surfaced later this month.
The DS7 Crossback was originally launched in 2017, which makes it five years old this year. During this time, its main competitors, including the BMW X1, Volvo XC40, and Mercedes-Benz GLA, have been upgraded somewhat, so it’s time to make some adjustments to the DS’s flagship SUV.
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The camouflage wrapper is doing a great job of hiding the details, but we can still see the redesigned front bumper. The grille looks a bit bigger with a new honeycomb pattern and more angular edges. The new LED headlights are thinner than before, and have a clearer design with a modified aluminum-style skid plate with lower central consumption. Finally, vertically aligned DRLs will probably take on the new style seen on smaller DS4s.
The profile has been fully unveiled since the designers did not change anything there. The DS7 may get newer wheel designs but the prototype wears the same old black-finished rim that has lots of scratch marks in this case.
Moving to the rear end, the DS7 is not expected to undergo a major change as it still looks quite modern despite its age. The rear bumper looks the same – holding dual exhaust pipes and chrome-equipped diffusers – but LED taillights can hide some changes.
Our spy photographers got a glimpse of the cabin, revealing that the prototype is the Opera Trim layer. We speculate that the 12-inch digital instrument cluster and 12-inch infotainment touchscreen could get updated software with more connectivity features.
The DS7 crossbacks are the more luxurious siblings of the Peugeot 3008, Citroen C5 Aircross and Opel Grandland Stellantis SUV. Like the models mentioned above, it is based on the EMP2 architecture, and is currently available with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
The latter, carrying the e-tennis badge, must be carried in a facelifted range with front-wheel-drive PHEV and flagship all-wheel-drive PHEV. It will be interesting to see if DS Automobiles has upgraded them with an extended EV range. Another potential addition to the lineup that could replace the current ICE-only alternatives is the upcoming light-hybrid 1.2 PureTech petrol that will gradually enter many future Stalantis models.
In addition to the Facelifted DS7 Crossback, which is due for an official debut next week, DS Automobiles is also preparing to launch the Facelifted DS3 Crossback, which also underwent speed testing a few days ago. Two SUVs have been added to the four-model range of DS4 compact hatchback and DS9 Limo Automaker.
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