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DS 4

DS 4 E-TENSE plug-in hybrid

The new DS 4 E-TENSE 225 Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) is capable of up to 30 miles of zero-emissions driving and has CO2 emissions as low as 30g/km.

A turbocharged 180 horsepower 4-cylinder engine is paired with a 110 horsepower electric motor and an e-EAT8 gearbox, for a combined 225 horsepower.

The DS 4 is made of 95% reusable materials and 85% recyclable parts. 30% of its weight is from renewable or recycled materials, divided between metals and polymers. The dashboard in particular is made of 20% hemp for parts that can’t be seen. Among the recycled materials, polypropylene, polyester and elastomer fibres are used under the chassis as baffles, for noise reducing or as mounting points.

The DS 4 introduces new premium technology to the segment, including the DS IRIS SYSTEM – an all-new full HD touchscreen infotainment system supported by over-the-air updates and featuring the IRIS personal assistant with natural voice recognition. To make the system even more intuitive, DS SMART TOUCH provides a small, additional touchscreen below the centre console with customisable shortcuts and handwriting recognition.

The DS EXTENDED HEAD-UP DISPLAY projects key information onto the windscreen, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road at all times. Meanwhile, DS DRIVE ASSIST enables semi-autonomous driving and further improves safety, while DS NIGHT VISION helps detect hazards in low or poor visibility through the use of infrared camera technology, with objects projected to the driver display.

The new DS 4 E-TENSE 225 PHEV is available from £36,600 in Trocadero trim and in Rivoli trim from £40,100. Performance Line trim costs £34,600 and Performance Line+ is £38,100; Cross Trocadero costs £37,200 and Cross Rivoli is £40,700. Deliveries start later this year.