New 2021 DS 4 Crossback E-TENSE: plug-in hybrid crossover spied testing

Next electrified DS spied winter testing, with late-2020 launch and early-2021 on-sale date expected for plug-in hybrid SUV

DS 4 Crossback E-TENSE

A new plug-in hybrid crossover SUV model from French brand DS has been photographed undergoing winter testing. The car, will join the pure-electric DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE and plug-in hybrid DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE in the range, and is expected to go on sale just after the forthcoming DS 9 flagship saloon early in 2021.

The new model is expected to spawn a pair of models – one a conventional hatchback and the other a raised SUV-style model with jacked-up suspension and subtle body cladding. As a compact premium plug-in hybrid SUV, the electrified DS 4 Crossback E-TENSE will be a direct rival for the likes of the Volvo XC40 T5 Recharge, BMW X1 xDrive25e and the upcoming plug-in hybrid version of the Mercedes GLA.

Not much about the upcoming car's styling can be discerned from the heavily camouflaged test mule in our pictures, but DS's signature 'matrix' tail-lamps can just about be spotted. As with the old DS 4 Crossback, it looks like this model will be a slightly raised-up family hatchback rather than a fully fledged SUV with off-road capability.

It'll sit on the same mechanical platform as the DS 7 mentioned above, meaning it's also a sister model to the Peugeot 3008 Hybrid and Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid. The use of those cars' 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol-electric powertrain in the DS 4 is a near-certainty.

The DS 4's introduction will precede a further, even larger flagship SUV model designed to sit above the current DS 7. The car's launch will bring the the maker's range to six distinct models by the end of 2022.

The rumoured late-2020 reveal date for the DS 4 initially pointed to an unveiling at the 2020 Paris Motor Show – the DS brand's home event – in September. The exposition has since been cancelled, however, suggesting the maker will look to host its own reveal around the same time.