November 10, 2016
Citroen pull DS 5 Hybrid from UK line up 0
Poor sales figures of the diesel-electric models have led to DS Automobiles pulling the DS 5 Hybrid from the UK line up. A spokesman for the company said: “Sales of DS 5 Diesel Hybrid versions accounted for just 3% of the total DS 5 volume in the UK in 2016. In light of this, we decided to review the DS 5 range in order to introduce greater efficiencies.
“This range update applies specifically to the UK market. It is important to point out that DS Automobiles will be the first brand in the PSA Group to introduce a plug-in petrol hybrid vehicle (PHEV) before the end of 2020.”
That model is set to be based on the PSA Group’s current EMP2 platform. All PHEV editions based on this will have an all electric range of up to 37 miles. The company has plans to release both front and all wheel drive versions.
A second, all-electric model will arrive hot on the heels of that model, based on the new, smaller CMP (common modular platform). A 113bhp electric motor will form part of this plan for an all-electric model and fast home-charging will be achieved with a 7kW onboard charger. This will allow for an 80% recharge in half an hour. The car will have a next-generation lithium ion battery with a capacity of 50kWh.