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 dates expected for plug-in 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, which will join the pure-electric DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE and plug-in hybrid DS 7 Crossback E-TENSE in the range, is expected to revive the DS 4 Crossback name, previously used for an SUV-styled version of the now-discontinued DS 4 hatchback from 2015 to 2018.

As a compact premium plug-in hybrid SUV, the new 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' 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 rumoured late-2020 reveal date for this DS 4 Crossback points to an unveiling at the 2020 Paris Motor Show – the DS brand's home event – in September.