Concept cars give you a chance to stand eye to eye with the future, and this time it concerns a preview of the styling language of the new DS brand. We admired the car for the first time on the Brussels Show, but in fact this Divine DS Concept car was to be seen in September last year on the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
Hans Knol ten Bensel
The car looked stunning, to say the least, and we found the interplay of the bodywork lines, angles and accents quite beautiful, sophisticated and downright glamorous.
The DIVINE DS is a compact 4-door vehicle, 4.21m long and 1.98m wide. It offers a low driving position (1.35m high).
It sensual lines emphasise features like as the 'DS Wings' at the front. We also liked the unique roof design.
It resembles the scales of a reptile. Playing on contrasts, these scales feature alternating effects – matt and satin, opaque and transparent – to play on the light inside and outside the car through changing reflections.
The scale pattern extends over the rear window and can also be seen on the door mirrors.
Also the interior is quite exceptional. Customers are invited to choose an interior trim that truly reflects their personality. The cabin of DIVINE DS features three interchangeable interior ambiences, each with its own original and unique style. This philosophy for personalisation is referred to as 'Hyper-typage'…
French elegance is omnipresent in every detail of the car. DIVINE DS reflects the combined expertise of several prestigious fashion names, such as Lesage for embroidery and crystals from Swarovski.
On the passenger side, a single continuous drape enfolds the console and dashboard, forming a twist as it reaches the door inserts. The airy-looking drape enfolds the passenger, taking them into a world of haute couture, far removed from conventional automotive standards.
The driver's side deploys advanced technology. The central console, which resembles a 'backbone' for the car, sets out the driving functions. Its has a white gold covering, further contributing to the refinement and sophistication .
Main features include special toggle switches decorated with gemstones and, in the middle, a digital clock with a stone set in its surround. In this instance, black granite is used with gold speckles that echo the design of the central console. The rectangular steering wheel is a rectangular work of sculpture.
The seats represent a new and visually striking take on the existing DS watch strap design. They are upholstered in full-grain aniline leather that was selected, by the Seton tannery, for its exceptional quality and specially tanned finish.
All this is combined with state of the art electronic technology: futuristic, avant-garde headlights combining sequential indicators with laser technology; facets on the roof that open to reveal a reversing camera; and optimised aerodynamics.
Inside the car, the 'cockpit' driving position and exclusive use of digital systems (touch screen, holographic display, etc.) showcase the latest in-car technology.
The 20-inch alloy wheels feature an innovative design with the floating spokes appearing to be disconnected from the hubs. This is another technological feat, one that gives the wheels a unique look suggesting the aerodynamic performance of DIVINE DS.
An engine combining performance with efficiency…
The DIVINE DS is equipped with the turbocharged direct-injection 1.6 THP petrol engine developing 270bhp. With a power maximum output of 199kW at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 330Nm between 1,900 and 5,500 rpm, this is quite a potent engine.
All this does not mean sacrificing environmental concerns. This engine is Euro 6 compliant and emits just 145g/km of CO2.
We just let you enjoy the photos here…
Hans Knol ten Bensel