DS9 E-Tense 250: a Franco-Chinese tourer who loves electricity

DS9 E-Tense 250: a Franco-Chinese tourer who loves electricity

A large bourgeois sedan, the DS 9 is one of the flagships of the Stellantis range. This is probably why its range is already overhauled, when it was launched only a few weeks ago. In effect, the 225 hp plug-in hybrid version, which represents the bulk of sales, is leaving the catalog, for a good cause: it is replaced by a new version of 250 hp. It would seem that this large sedan the size of a BMW 5 Series or an Audi A6 intends to compete with the competition with dignity, by evolving regularly.

On this new DS 9 E-Tense 250, the power gain concerns above all the thermal part. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, well known and no longer really very young, sees its power climb from 180 hp to 200 hp. The electric motor, housed in place of the gearbox converter, stagnates at 110 hp. But the most interesting is the new battery, which announces a capacity of 15 kWh, against 11.9 kWh before thanks to a new chemistry of the cells (lithium NMC 712 against NMC 111 before). Denser, these new cells provided by A123 do not increase the volume of the battery, while the increase in mass is limited to 2.4 kg.

Autonomy in progress for the DS 9 E-Tense 250

This more generous accumulator, which will soon also be available on the top-of-the-range 360 ​​hp, has a beneficial effect on autonomy, since we have been able to travel 50 km without using the petrol engine. It’s a big dozen better than the old version. Consumption also seemed to us to be in progress, as on the latest plug-in hybrid models launched by the ex-brands of the PSA group in recent months. We found an average of 6.7 l/100 km on the highway and 7.5 l/100 km on the highway in hybrid mode, once the battery is empty. This is quite honest, but still superior to a Lexus ES 300h (non-rechargeable hybrid) while a diesel engine would probably be more economical on long journeys… This is a type of engine that is sorely lacking in the DS 9 range , the segment of large sedans still being quite a consumer of diesel.

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