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DS reveals new flagship saloon

DS, the upmarket arm of Citroen, has unveiled its new flagship model, the 9 saloon.

DS claimed the model’s styling is influenced by the original DS, including cone shapes at the outside edges of the roof which house the tail lights.

The 9 is based on the same platform as the Peugeot 508 and is a similar size to the likes of the BMW 5-series, with the firm claiming the long wheelbase will benefit rear passenger space.

At first, the 9 will be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain comprising a turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor combined to deploy 225hp and capable of travelling between 25 and 31 miles in zero emissions mode courtesy of an 11.9kWh battery, with the electric motor offering a maximum power output of 110hp.

2020 DS 9 rear

Following the vehicle’s launch, the line-up will be topped by two more PHEVs  – the first with 250hp, two-wheel drive plus increased range capability, and the second – a 360hp with a four-wheel drive transmission, DS said, adding a 225hp petrol-only engine model will also be available.

DS said the model will feature heated, cooled and massaging leather seats along with a leather covered dashboard and Alcantara roof lining and driver assistance systems will include a lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control system, plus an infrared night vision camera that can detect pedestrians, cyclists and animals on the road ahead.

The model is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2020 although pricing and specification details have not been confirmed at this stage.