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DS 9 E-TENSE plug-in hybrid luxury saloon: prices, specs and on-sale date

Flagship luxury saloon with plug-in hybrid power will start at just over £46,000 in the UK

Full UK prices and specs for the DS 9 E-TENSE have been revealed. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) luxury saloon with the E-TENSE 225 petrol-electric powertrain starts at £46,100 in Performance Line trim and £49,200 in range-topping Rivoli guise. 

These 1.6-litre plug-in hybrid E-TENSE versions produce 222bhp and are capable of a claimed 33-34 miles of electric running, 157-176mpg fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 33g/km. DS is pitting this car against heavy-hitting executive saloons like the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Mercedes E-Class and Volvo S90 – all of which are also offered with plug-in hybrid power.

UK order books for DS’ flagship premium saloon open on 7 April, with deliveries set to begin in September 2021. A more powerful E-TENSE 4x4 360 version is expected to follow, with all-wheel drive and a 355bhp power output.

The DS 9 E-TENSE uses an eight-speed automatic transmission, and will do up to 84mph in electric mode. This setting is automatically selected on start-up, while Hybrid and Sport modes are also available. The latter uses both the electric motor and petrol engine for maximum performance – adjusting the software mapping for the throttle, gearbox, steering and suspension for a more dynamic driving experience.

The car also features a regenerative braking system to harness energy that would otherwise be lost as the car slows to a halt. An E-Save function allows drivers to hold battery power for use later in your journey; the batteries can be topped up in an hour and 45 minutes using a 7kW home wallbox charger. DS 9 E-TENSE owners can also use the MyDS app, to check the progress of charging and heat or cool the car remotely.

The car’s nose is inspired by the front of the DS 7 Crossback SUV, while its sloped roofline echoes that of the Peugeot 508 – unsurprising given that it's based on the long-wheelbase version of that car produced for the Chinese market. The DS 9 also features a Clous de Paris ‘sabre’ that sits proud and runs the length of the bonnet.

Inside, the firm’s familiar diamond watch-strap theme takes centre stage with sharp flashes throughout the cabin. It uses a similar set of touch-sensitive buttons to those in the DS 3 Crossback. The large central touchscreen is topped with an analogue clock, while hand-wrapped leather appears on the door handles. 

There’s loads of safety kit and cutting-edge technology on the DS 9, including DS Active Scan Suspension, Level 2 autonomous driving capability, DS Park Pilot parking assistance and night vision. DS Active LED vision lights are also available, which adjust for speed, road type and weather conditions.

The DS 9 range starts with a 1.6-litre purely petrol-engined version, also with 222bhp, which costs £40,615 in Performance Line trim or £44,715 in Rivoli guise. The car joins the DS 3 and DS 7 Crossback SUVs in the brand's range, which will further expand with two DS 4 variants later this year and a range-topping SUV at a later date.

Post-2022, it's thought DS will make use of its parent Stellantis Group's eVMP mechanical platform – allowing for additional pure-electric models to further boost the luxury carmaker's range.