The Citroen DS9 is the first saloon developed by the French manufacturer DS as an independent brand. It was presented in February 2020 as a large saloon that will be sold in different markets worldwide and that is based on the EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform 2) platform of the PSA Group .
Sophisticated and elegant French design
The new 2020 Citroen DS9 is a large sedan created to satisfy an increasingly focused market on SUVs and crossovers, although it does not forget about executive sedans. In terms of design, the new DS model adopts several of the design features that we have seen reflected in other vehicles of the company, such as the DS 3 Crossback and DS 7 Crossback .
On the front we have a large hexagonal grill l with a specific design pattern and the manufacturer’s logo in the center. Joined by a chrome section are the horizontal LED headlights of a fairly rectangular design, which, instead of integrating the daytime running lights, we see them flow vertically from each end of the main headlight cluster. As for the bumper, we have clean and simple shapes, with a large lower grill that runs the entire width of the vehicle.
The long bonnet includes a chrome trim that originates from a decorative plate at the front and runs along the entire bonnet surface lengthwise. Seen from the side, its elongated lines present clean surfaces, with a fine line connecting the two optical groups, a second line at the bottom of the doors. It offers oversized overhangs, chrome window surrounds, and a roofline with a rather graceful fastback-style drop to the rear. A large assortment of alloy wheels measuring up to 19 inches complete the set.
Finally, from behind we find how the descending line of the roof gives us a very inclined rear window, a third volume and a horizontal optical group that is joined by some chrome trim that extends through the bumper almost until reaching the steps. wheel. The bumper features a clean, bulky design with a stylish integrated diffuser and a pair of exhaust vents inside.
As for the measurements of the Citroen DS9, we have a great saloon that is based on the same EMP2 modular platform that supports the new Peugeot 508 . In this way, it offers 4,930 mm in length and 1,850 mm in width, with a wheelbase that reaches 2,900 mm.
Citroen DS9 2020 interior
The interior of the Citroen DS9 follows the line of style and design present in other models of the company, with sophisticated and elegant shapes with premium materials. The four-spoke steering wheel (two horizontal and two vertical) sits in front of a futuristic-style digital instrument cluster. To its right stands a touchscreen for the infotainment system that occupies a large section of the center console, below the horizontal vents. At both ends of the dashboard we have vertical air vents.
The Citroen DS92020 includes the brand’s characteristic buttons and switches in the lower center console, while in the center is the gear selector that we have seen in other Peugeot models . We find premium materials such as Nappa leather and Alcantara for the seats, dashboard, roof and door panels. Different storage compartments and USB connections, massage controls in the seats and the polychromatic entrance lighting are also distributed.
Citroen DS9 2020 Engines
The range of engines is made up of gasoline engines and plug-in hybrids. The first of them, which will be the version of access to the range, is the 1.6 PureTech four-cylinder petrol block with 225 HP of power associated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
As for the plug-in hybrid version , we have a system consisting of a 1.6 turbo petrol engine and an electric motor with 80 kW (110 hp) and 320 Nm of torque that, in total, add up to a combined power of 225 hp and that can travel between 40 and 50 kilometers in fully electric mode, according to data from the WLTP homologation cycle, thanks to its 11.9 kWh lithium-ion battery. The Citroen DS9 E-TENSE can circulate in 100% electric mode at speeds of up to 135 km / h.
The range will be completed in the future with two other plug-in hybrid E-TENSE engines , a 250 hp two-wheel drive variant, and a 360 hp variant with an intelligent four-wheel drive transmission. No further details have been specified about these two additional engines.
In turn, the Citroen DS9 2020 offers different driving modes that allow you to manage the plug-in hybrid mechanics with only gasoline, only electricity or combining both energy sources. An energy recovery system has also been equipped for deceleration and braking that allows the battery to be recharged. Thanks to a 7.4 kW on-board charger, the battery can be recharged in 1 hour and 30 minutes at a domestic or public charging station with the cable supplied as standard.
Technology, safety and driving assistants
The new DS model also boasts the latest technology developed by the PSA Group. Thus, the Citroen DS9 benefits from a piloted DS Active Scan Suspension with a camera, stability sensors, accelerometers and undercarriage detectors. DS Drive Assist has also been equipped which allows the driver to benefit from level 2 semi-autonomous driving.
Within the DS Drive Assist package we find technologies such as the Lane Keeping System and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, which allow the car to take charge of speed and trajectory under the supervision of the driver. The DS Park Pilot assisted parking system also stands out .
On the other hand, we have the DS Safety package , which includes six main technologies and functions: DS Night Vision (night vision camera), DS Driver Attention Monitoring (driver monitoring and fatigue detector), DS Active LED Vision (driving lights). road), blind spot control, automatic emergency braking and traffic sign recognition. In addition, through DS Smart Access you can access the vehicle without using the key, using only the smartphone.
His main rivals
The Citroen DS9 hits a full-size saloon segment where it has to compete against models from general and premium brands (which is what PSA really aspires to with the DS brand). In this way, its main rivals will be models such as the Audi A6 , the Mercedes E-Class , the BMW 5 Series or the Jaguar XF that will try to make things a little more difficult.