The DS 3 Crossback is set to be revealed next year, and the car’s design patent has recently been leaked. Photos from Autoevolution show that it’ll be really striking, clearly taking styling cues from the larger DS 7 Crossback.
Check out the front end. Rather bold and imposing, isn’t it?
A large grille takes centre stage, showing the car’s premium aspirations, and shapely
LED headlight clusters sit either side. The LED daytime running lights are
interesting – they’ll provide an unmistakeable light signature throughout the
day and night-time.
The styling doesn’t stop there, though. The B-pillar, between the front and rear doors, is very different to any other small SUV – it’s reminiscent of the smaller DS 3 hatchback and cabrio. That would be fitting, seeing as it’s expected that the Crossback will share a lot with the DS 3. At the rear, slim tail-lights have chrome detailing, while the vents and dual exhausts add a sporty feel. Currently, it’s not known whether these will be fitted onto high-spec models, or whether the production car will drop these touches in favour of something more conservative.
That said, DS doesn’t really do conservative. The brand is distancing itself from Citroën, its parent company, with distinctive styling and premium interiors. These patent images show that DS is employing a diamond theme throughout the cabin, most notably on the centre console. Five diamonds are arranged in an eye-catching pattern, with two air vents underneath three sets of buttons. The sleek and uncluttered dashboard design suggests that most functions will be controlled using the touchscreen infotainment system on top of the centre console.
When the DS 3 Crossback goes on sale in 2019, it will come with Citroën’s range of proven three- and four-cylinder engines. The entry-level model will utilise a 1.2-litre PureTech petrol, and there will be a choice of 1.5-litre BlueHDi diesel or 1.6-litre petrol models. With the Citroën C5 Aircross set to have a plug-in hybrid model available in the near future, expect the DS 3 Crossback to feature an electrified option too.