French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen’s premium brand will launch a flagship sedan in 2018, an undisclosed company official has revealed to Automotive News Europe. This solves the mystery of the unnamed car parent company referring to when it confirmed earlier this week that a new DS model will go into production in 2018.
The new car will be a D-segment sedan rivaling new segment entrants like the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Internally known as the DS 8, the sedan will be first launched in China and then in Europe. The Euro-spec model will be built at the parent company’s Mulhouse plant in France.
The sedan will be based on the EMP2, PSA’s new global modular platform, according to a report from Auto-Moto. It will be positioned above the DS 5LS sedan and DS 6 in China, as per the report. The design will be inspired by the Divine DS concept, the ‘future for the DS brand’, that was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014.
The featured image and the image seen above here are of a digitally created DS 8, the work of Julien Jodry. The rendering previews the sort of effect the Divine concept could possibly have on the forthcoming large sedan’s design and styling.
The DS 8 or whatever the company decides to call the large sedan, in its production version, will also have a plug-in hybrid variant. It was reported in May that the French automaker will introduce plug-in hybrid technology first on larger, top-end cars underpinned by the EMP2 platform. DS may not be the first PSA brand to introduce the PHEV technology because the Peugeot 308 HYbrid R concept is reportedly nearing commercialisation stage.
[Source 1: Automotive News Europe]
[Source 2: Auto-Moto]