The new DS 3 was introduced during Paris Fashion Week and will make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show. This model from DS Automobiles stands out from others with its refreshed front, updated range of options, and new technological features such as a redesigned electric motor and improved battery for the fully electric version.
One of the most striking updates to the DS 3 is its bold and sleek exterior design, which features a harmonious blend of volume and lines. The front of the car has been redesigned for a more dynamic and graceful look, with a larger grille and diamond-shaped accents in either gloss black or chrome that match the rest of the DS Automobiles line.
The new DS 3 boasts LED headlights as standard equipment across the range, adding a sharper look with their three satin chrome modules and more dynamic design. An optional upgrade is the DS MATRIX LED VISION, which offers intelligent control and automated main beam for optimal comfort and safety. The new daytime running lights also contribute to the vehicle’s signature appearance, featuring two vertically aligned LED lines on either side of the front.
In addition to these exterior updates, the new DS 3 has also received technical improvements. The spoiler and grille have been redesigned to improve aerodynamics, and the lower air intake grille now has aerofoils to showcase this improvement. The grille and bonnet insignia also feature a Clous de Paris embossed insert and come in different colors depending on the model.
Other design elements of the new DS 3 include a shark’s fin, flush-fitting door handles, and hidden external window seals, all of which combine ambitious design with technological expertise. The tailgate and lights are highlighted by a glossy black strip, and the trim features polished stainless steel “DS AUTOMOBILES” lettering that has been divided and set using a new technique.
The new DS 3 E-Tense is available in seven opaque, metallic, and pearlescent body colors, including two new pearlescent shades: Diva Red and Lacquered Grey. Customers can also choose from Crystal Pearl, Platinum Grey, Artense Grey, Perla Nera Black, Polar White, and the new Carat Grey roof to create bi-tone combinations. The new wheels are designed with efficiency in mind and come in 17- and 18-inch sizes, with the E-TENSE models featuring 18-inch TOULOUSE wheels with “Tall & Narrow Class A+” tires.
Inside the new DS 3, customers can experience luxury and attention to detail, with a range of materials chosen for their quality, innovation, and sustainability. The cockpit is distinguished by leathers such as Nappa Leather upholstery with aged Art Leather quality and Alcantara, as well as details like “pearl” stitching and Clous de Paris embossed inlays.
The seats have been redesigned for both comfort and style, featuring figure-hugging shapes made with revolutionary high-density foam and offering electric, heated, and lumbar massage options. The top-of-the-line OPÉRA model features a Basalt Black Nappa Leather interior with a watchstrap-type patterned seats for a modern and luxurious feel.
The RIVOLI model features new Basalt Black grained leather seats with scale-effect trim, while the BASTILLE level has been completely redesigned with Silicium Grey Peruzzi Cloth seats and scale-effect grain stripes on the dashboard and door panels, or new Basalt Black grained leather seats as an option. The PERFORMANCE Line and PERFORMANCE Line Plus come with Alcantara seats, dashboard strips, and door panels, with the PERFORMANCE Line Plus adding a center armrest, floor mats, sun visor, and footwell illumination.
The new hybrid synchronous motor (HSM) technology is derived from the latest Formula E cars and produces 115 kW (156 horsepower) and 260 Nm at 400 volts. The new 54 kWh battery (51 kWh usable) has been designed with liquid cooling and a heat pump to allow for faster charging, a greater range, and a longer lifespan.
The basic onboard charger can charge the vehicle at 100 kW when using DC (reaching a charge of 80% in 30 minutes) or 11 kW when using AC (reaching a full charge in 5 hours 45 minutes).
The new DS 3 E-TENSE is the only vehicle in its segment that can achieve a range of 404 kilometers on the WLTP combined cycle and over 500 kilometers in urban conditions. This impressive performance is due to the efficiency of the electric motor, the vehicle’s ability to recover energy, and the use of a heat pump and thermal preconditioning.
The new DS 3’s infotainment system is controlled through a 10.3-inch HD center screen with a gloss black surround that houses the DS IRIS SYSTEM. This system offers advanced speech recognition and connected navigation, and both the center screen and the 7-inch instrument panel, which includes a head-up display, can be customized.
The primary screen has 12 sections that can display different-sized widgets, while the instrument cluster has two customizable components. The system can be controlled using an improved speech recognition system or the central pad touch controls. The DS IRIS SYSTEM’s set-up has also been improved for ergonomics, and screen mirroring is now wireless.
Prices for the brand new DS 3 E-TENSE start at €41,700, making it the most expensive model in the lineup by a significant margin.