DS 7 facelift: less chrome, but more power and equipment
The range of engines was also handled surprisingly strongly. In the future there will only be a diesel as the only pure combustion engine. But three plug-in hybrids, one of which rounds off the portfolio as a 360 hp top model.
Angular look, less chrome
The facelift is visually recognizable at first glance. The DS 7 is clearly sharper and more angular than before. The front is dominated by a larger hexagonal grille and LED daytime running lights that cascade down from the new LED headlights.
The aprons were also streamlined and made more angular. At the rear, flatter, wider lights with a more sophisticated interior await. In between there is a black trim strip.
In general, the DS 7 has lost some chrome trim to appear less baroque. If you want, you can also order the remaining accents in matt black. “Chrome Detox” is what DS chief designer Thierry Metroz calls it; something that will influence the DS design language as a whole in the future. Two new paint colors – “sapphire blue” and “silk gray” – are also being introduced.
The chief designer is particularly pleased with the color silk gray, as he revealed in an interview with AUTO BILD. Because due to the lack of metallic particles, the plain paint was initially attested internally as lacking in chic. So Metroz had to do a lot of persistence to get the paint through. That’s why the color is jokingly called “Thierry Gray” internally.
New voice control called DS IRIS
The French have also refreshed the cockpit of the DS 7. On the technical side, there is a new 12-inch screen for infotainment, which will in future feature a 360-degree camera, DS IRIS voice guidance and wireless smartphone connection. Behind the steering wheel is a 12-inch digital cockpit with refreshed graphics.
The quality of materials and workmanship have not changed, as can be seen from the seat test in the pre-series model. Soft leather, decorative pearl seams and patterned surfaces flatter hands and eyes.
More equipment in the new DS 7
The equipment of the DS 7 was upgraded for the facelift. The basic equipment is still called “Bastille”, but it gets the scope of the higher quality “Bastille+”. There is also “Performance Line (+)” and “Rivoli” as well as the newly added “Opera”, where nappa leather is available in abundance.
New colors for covers and decorative seams complete the update. The space in the rear is still good, there is space in the trunk between 555 and 1750 liters.
Only a pure combustion engine in the DS-7 program
A surprising amount has happened with the drives. With the 130 hp diesel, DS will only offer a pure combustion engine in the future. Petrol engines were completely canceled on the German market.
There are three plug-in hybrids, including two old acquaintances with system outputs of 225 hp and 300 hp. The latter comes with all-wheel drive via an electric motor on the rear axle. All plug-in hybrids get a larger battery with 14.2 kWh for a range of between 58 and 66 kilometers (depending on the version).
New top model DS 7 E-Tense 4×4 360
Adjusted for equipment, prices remain the same
The lifted DS 7 will be launched in late autumn 2022 and can be ordered from August. There is no exact information about the price yet. However, DS says that the prices should not increase after adjusting for the equipment. That would mean that it will start at a good 40,000 euros.