Forget the DS 3. The hot hatch replacement will be a crossover, according to L’Argus

If you are a big fan of the DS 3, make sure you get one before PSA gives up on producing them. According to the French magazine L’Argus, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show it will receive a replacement and it will not be a 3-door hatchback anymore. Instead of the hot hatch body, we would see a sporty crossover emerge. The image above is just a guess on what it could look like.

The new DS 3 will be the first vehicle to present the CMP platform, also known as EMP1. It will be the compact basis for all PSA cars, including the Citroën C3 and C3 Picasso and the Peugeot 208 and 2008. It could even serve the C1/108/1008/Toyota Aygo if PSA plans to unify platforms and abandon the B-0 it currently uses to build these city cars. It will be 4.25 m long and will use the same engines the DS 3 offers nowadays: a 1.2 3-cylinder Puretech, a 1.6 THP and a new 1.5 4-cylinder turbodiesel unit.

The choice for a 5-door crossover has to do with the fact that it will also be sold in China. All future models of PSA will have to be sold in at least 2 continents, what urges them to be appealing in both of them. B-segment crossover popularity all over the world is to blame in this case.

Apart from the petrol and diesel variants, the new DS 3 crossover will also have an all-electric version. It will be presented in 2019 with a 50 kWh battery pack, a 450 km range and a 115 kW engine. It will be possible to charge the car wirelessly.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.

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