New DS 3 Crossback E-Tense 2019: specs, prices and on-sale date

The first fully electric car from DS will arrive towards the end of 2019

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense

The DS 3 Crossback will break new ground for DS, not just by morphing from a hatchback to an SUV, but by also including an electric version in the range.

The DS 3 Crossback was first revealed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show and will go on sale in 2019. It’s a rival for the likes of the Audi Q2 and MINI Countryman, and the electric E-Tense model will follow six months behind the petrol and diesel models, towards the end of the year. 

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense drivetrain

The reason the new DS 3 can go electric is that it’s based on the PSA Group’s new CMP platform, which will also form the basis of the new Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa.

The E-Tense model will have a 136bhp electric motor powered by a 50kWh battery. That gives it a 0-62mph time of 8.7 seconds and a real-world range of 186 miles according to the WLTP test procedure, while it’s also expected to be compatible with 100kW fast chargers, meaning an 80% charge should be possible in just 30 minutes. 

Interior and styling

Other than a few details specific to the E-Tense, we expect that the interior of the electric version will follow very closely the car that was on the company’s stand at the Paris Motor Show. That means a very distinctive design that'll stand out a mile from its rivals.

A 10-inch touchscreen dominates the dashboard, with a panel of touch-sensitive controls arranged in a diamond formation below it. There’s no question that DS wants to do things differently, but it has also made sure that the quality inside is very good, with classy materials and plenty of space. Unique styling features of E-Tense include an Anthra Grey radiator grille and its own design of 18-inch alloy wheels.

Price and on-sale date

The petrol and diesel versions of the DS 3 Crossback will cost from £21,550 to £33,950, with four trim levels (Elegance, Performance, Prestige, Ultra Prestige) and a special launch edition called the 'La Premiere'.

Naturally, the electric model will be one of the most expensive models in the range, although exact pricing and specification details for the E-Tense haven't yet been confirmed. Looking at the price of its rivals, we’d expect the E-Tense to cost the best part of £30,000. It'll go on sale towards the end of 2019.