PSA Group is really pushing its posh DS brand in China. Indeed, several DS models are only available there.
Alongside the DS 5 hatchback we’re familiar with in the UK, there’s the DS 5 LS saloon and DS 6 SUV; this new DS 4S rounds out the range.
Despite the name, there is very little in common between the DS 4S and the European-market DS 4. It obviously looks completely different – it’s a normal hatchback rather than a coupe/hatch/SUV-thing – and is longer at 4.4m to cater to the Chinese desire for maximum rear seat space.
The DS family ‘wings’ grille and LED lighting signature features; there’s a hint of DS 5 hatchback in the rear haunches, too. Anyone familiar with other DS cars will feel right at home in the interior, which has a handcrafted leather dashboard.
The engines are the only significant carry-over from the European cars. There’s a choice of three turbo petrol units: the 130bhp 1.2 Puretech and 160bhp and 200bhp versions of the 1.6 THP. All are attached to an EAT6 automatic gearbox.
Will we see the DS 4S in Europe? DS itself says not, but the present Euro DS 4 will be replaced within the next couple years and we wouldn’t be surprised if the 4S finds its way over here then.
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By Only Motors