But on the other hand, the French always had a thing for out-of-the-box styling as far as automobiles are concerned. “DS is something different, something spectacular. With our flagship we will do that,” added the official, with parts of the exterior expected to be influenced by the DS 7 Crossback premium SUV.
Still, it’s “the flagship’s more unconventional rear end will give it a unique selling point in the market.” That’s something Citroen did with the C6 as well, which has a fastback profile and a concave rear window inspired by the Citroen CX (made from 1974 to 1991) and two-door hardtop version of the Plymouth Barracuda from 1967.
Groupe PSA aims to bring down the number of platforms to two in the coming years. While the CMP and e-CMP are developed for small cars and crossovers, the EMP2 vehicle architecture is a better fit for the DS 8. Underpinning the all-new Peugeot 508, the EMP2 also supports different levels of electrification, including a plug-in hybrid option in the case of the DS 7 Crossback.
Auto Express reports the E-Tense plug-in hybrid system will differ from the SUV, as in “it will be front-wheel drive only and feature a more modest power output. An EV range of 40 miles will be achievable.”