PSA Peugeot Citroen’s newly formed premium brand DS has only a crossover in its portfolio – the DS 6. The compact crossover is sold only in China, where it was launched in September last year. It’s not likely to arrive in Europe in the first generation. The second generation, however, won’t be a China-only model. The next-gen DS 6 will be sold in Europe also, says a new report from L’argus.fr.
According to the report, the second-gen DS 6 is internally known as ‘X74’ and will continue being a premium compact crossover. It will go on sale in Spring 2018 in Europe and China. The China-spec model should continue to be locally produced by the Changan-PSA JV, while the Euro-spec will be built by PSA Peugeot Citroen at its Mulhouse plant in France.
The all-new model will be based on an extended version of the French automaker’s Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2) platform, as per the report. Engine options will include the 130 hp 1.2 PureTech and 200 hp 1.6 THP petrol, and 130 hp 1.5 BlueHDi and 150- & 180-hp 2.0 BlueHDi diesel. A performance variant packing 300 hp 1.6 THP petrol engine is also rumoured. China will also get a plug-in hybrid variant, thanks to the attractive incentives offered for hybrid & electric vehicles by the government there.
DS is reportedly also introducing a large D-segment saloon in 2018. Internally known as the ‘DS 8’, the Alfa Romeo Giulia-rival will also be built at the Mulhouse plant.
Among the brand’s more recent plans, the report states, is the facelifted DS 4 that will be unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September and the second generation DS 3 that will debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March.