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DS 3 Crossback leaks out early

13 September 2018 | by Michael Gooderham

Less than a day before it was to be officially unveiled, the first official images of the new DS3 Crossback have found their way onto the internet. The images reveal both an engine-powered [teal] and electric [silver] version. 

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The aggressive face uses DS’s signature grille in the largest size that could fit between the sculpted bonnet and the functional cooling intake below, with organic-looking LED headlight clusters and curving DRLs dropping down from them.

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The bodyside puts the DS3 hatchback’s ‘sharkfin’ graphic between the front and rear doors (not something they’ve had to consider before, as the hatchback is three-door only), while a hockey stick-style light-catcher sits near the sill at an interesting angle.

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The rear end is more restrained, with a softer take on the bigger DS 7 Crossback’s chrome framed and linked tail light design, and only two fake vents – one at either edge.

The engine-powered version makes itself known with two canon-like exhaust tailpipe finishers (no doubt totally necessary for what is likely to be small-displacement three- and four-cylinder engines...) while the ‘E-Tense’ electric version’s rear apron is tidied up and given silver-painted details in the absence of any tailpipes.

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The interior is as bold as the exterior, with diamond-stitched leather available on the seats and dashboard – although another image shows it with DS’s ‘wristwatch linkage’ pattern on the seats, and either suede or marbled-looking leather on the dash. The armrest in each door terminates in a large square-framed air vent.

The media and HVAC buttons, below a landscape screen, are arranged into diamonds, surrounding equally rhomboid central air vents, while the centre console controls are deep silver-painted switches flanking the auto gearbox lever.

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DS will reveal more details in a live stream later today, before showing the car itself at the Paris Motor Show early next month. Until then, there are more photos (and patent images) in the gallery.