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DS 4 2021: First official data of the new French compact

DS will put on sale a new generation of the DS 4 in 2021. At the moment it has not provided images of the vehicle, only computer illustrations, but it has provided some technical and equipment data.

It will be manufactured on the PSA Group’s EMP2 modular platform, although with many improvements over the one used, for example, in the Peugeot 308 or the DS 7 Crossback. According to DS, this platform uses higher quality steels and additional weld points that save weight and increase torsional rigidity, although it has not provided exact data.

The range will be made up of Diesel, gasoline, and plug-in hybrid versions, with powers ranging from 130 to 225 horsepower. All of them, without exception, will be associated with an eight-speed automatic gearbox (EAT8). The plug-in hybrid version, which as usual in DS will adopt the name E-TENSE, will have a system made up of a 180-horsepower gasoline engine, a 110-horsepower electric engine, and a lithium-ion battery.

The combined maximum power will be 225 horsepower and autonomy in electric mode, “more than 50 kilometers” (data pending approval). In the absence of confirmation from DS, it appears to be the same hybrid system used, for example, by the Peugeot 508 HYBRID or the Opel Grandland X Plug-in Hybrid.

The cabin, DS says it will have a modern design and different from other models of the brand. The multimedia system, called DS IRIS SYSTEM, will include a high-resolution screen (it has not provided the exact data or its size) with software based on profiles (each driver will have one in which they can memorize the settings of different parameters ) and with the possibility of receiving wireless updates. There are two ways to interact with it: through a voice command system that recognizes a natural language or through a touch screen between the two front seats (DS SMART TOUCH; image).

All safety and driving aid systems work through a frontal radar, another in each of the corners of the vehicle, and a camera in the upper part of the windshield. Thanks to them, DS 4 has autonomous driving level 2 (article on the different levels of autonomous driving).

Some versions will include an active speed programmer that takes into account the information collected by the traffic sign reader and that is capable of stopping and resuming the march, a lane-keeping system, or one that allows overtaking automatically (although requires driver approval). The DS 4 may also have other more common elements, such as a cross-traffic alert system when reversing or a vehicle detector in the blind spot.

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