First pictures: New DS 4

DS Automobiles has revealed a new DS 4 premium lower medium model that will arrive in the UK late this year with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

The now model will join the DS 3 Crossback and DS 7 Crossback in the French premium brand’s line-up, and is 87mm longer than an Audi A3 Sportback, as well as 14mm taller and 45mm wider and offering a 430-litre boot that isn’t compromised in the PHEV version and is 50 litres more than the Audi.

As well as the regular model The DS 4 will be offered in distinct derivatives of DS 4 Cross and DS 4 Performance Line depending on whether the buyer is keener on a more SUV or more sporting look.

The fleet highlight of the powertrains will be the 225hp plug-in hybrid, which will offer an official range of 30 miles on electric alone, while 130hp, 180hp and 225hp petrol engines and a 130hp diesel will make up the range, although DS is yet to confirm that all will be offered in the UK.

Technology will include the DS Smart Touch system of gesture control for essential functions, while the vertical daytime running lights consist of a total of 98 LEDs.

The latest version of the Drive Assist safety system includes recommended speed adaption for corners and speed limits and semi-automated lane change capacity, while grip sensors on steering wheel monitor that the driver remains in control of the car. The DS 4 also has night vision that detects heat from pedestrians or animals up to 200 meters ahead and alerts the driver. The company’s Extended Head-up Display system is claimed to use an optical illusion to project information four metres ahead of the windscreen and into the driver’s eyeline.

On the inside, the cabin features high-quality materials, and the infotainment can be controlled using a five-inch touchpad as well as the gesture controls.

The bulk of the range will be fitted with 19-inch alloys, with 20-inch wheels also available.

Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the UK this November.