True to its tradition of being a brand of avant garde with style, DS Automobiles pulls the wraps of its iconic DS4 on the forthcoming Brussels Motor Show. This new DS4 is offered in two versions: the sleek urban and refined "normal" version,
and a "Crossback" version which stands a good 3 cm higher, has big black wheels and rugged bodywork details like hooded wheel arches, roof rails and additional spoilers.
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Both cars have the new front end: the famous "DS Wings" radiator grille which is coming directly from the concept car no. 9, together with new headlamps dubbed "DS Led Vision."
Connectivity is important nowadays, and the DS4 comes with its DS CONNECT system, which includes its impressive "CarPlay" feature.
On the engine front, there is a lot to choose from, with petrol and Diesel units ranging up to 210 HP and CO2 emissions going from 97 to 137 g/km.
At the end of the day there is refinement: dashboard and door panels are covered in nappa leather, the semi aniline leather covered seats have the slotted watch wristband pattern, exclusive to the DS line.
The 7 inch touchscreen features the "New Mirror Screen" which duplicates your smartphone screen, and allows the driver and passenger to use the apps safely. Of course one can dictate its e-mails through a voice recognition application.
E-racing with the DSV-1...
The racing car was already presented on the Frankfurt show, and will also be seen "in the flesh" in Palace 4 in Brussels. The car is driven by Sam Bird and Jean-Eric Vergne in the team DS Virgin Racing.
DS Automobiles founded a special DS Performance Department, and its engineers developed the drivetrain, dubbed GMP, consisting of engine, gearbox and controller. They also designed rear axle and cooling system, together with the transmission. The engine controlling system was developed together with Magneti Marelli.
This car embodies of course the avant gardism of the brand, putting it also in the forefront of Electric High Performance technology and is of course an outstanding R&D project and test bench...
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