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DS Automobiles expands line-up with new DS 4 hatch

DS Automobiles has revealed the new DS 4 premium hatchback, which will arrive in UK dealerships by November.

The new model is set to compete in two segments, taking on contenders such as the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series alongside small SUVs like the Mercedes GLA.

Based on PSA's EMP2 platform – the same one that underpins cars like the Peugeot 3008 – the DS 4 will be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, alongside petrol and diesel variants

There are no immediate plans for a fully electric version at the moment.

DS says it has extensively modified the car's underpinnings to suit the new model’s premium persona, so there’s more focus on noise isolation and strength - while a new power steering system should improve driveability.

The E-Tense plug-in hybrid delivers a combined 225PS and has a range of more than 30 miles in zero-emissions mode when fully charged. Petrol engines with 130, 180 and 225PS will also be offered, alongside a 130PS diesel.

Inside, the DS 4’s central infotainment screen can be controlled using a smaller ‘DS Smart Touch’ screen located near the gear selector. Other controls are grouped according to function; so the window switches are integrated into the door panel design and the climate controls mounted in the centre of the dashboard.

Air vents for the heating and air conditioning system have been hidden and there’s a built-in filtration system that prevents harmful particulate matter from entering the cabin.

Technical highlights include Matrix headlights with 98 LEDS, a 690-watt Focal sound system and an updated semi-autonomous driver assistance package that now features semi-automatic overtaking, speed adjustment for corners and anticipated speed recommendations from signposts.

A Cross version will offer a more rugged appearance; with black cladding and roof bars, plus an advanced traction control system to improve grip.

There will also be a Performance Line variant, with Alcantara upholstery on the seats and dashboard plus black alloy wheels.

Pricing and specifications are yet to be confirmed, but the new DS 4 is expected to be priced from £25,000 when it goes on sale in November and joins the recently revealed DS 9 saloon.

The French luxury car brand recently appointed Jules Tilstone, as its new managing director. 

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