Next year, Stellantis will launch the second generation of the CMP platform, designed for the B (utility) and C (compact) segments. The first model to benefit from this update, which will also affect its eCMP electric version, will be the DS 3 Crossback, which was in charge of launching this architecture in 2018.
DS has already begun open road testing of the mid-life restyling of the DS 3 Crossback. Beyond the mechanical changes associated with the adoption of the second generation CMP/eCMP platform, the DS 3 Crossback will debut a new front design, which will adopt lines more similar to those of the brand’s latest releases (DS 4, DS 9). The infotainment system is also expected to be upgraded.
The thermal versions of the DS 3 Crossback will enjoy a new family of mild-hybrid engines, while the electric model (E-TENSE) will receive a completely updated powertrain that will allow it to improve its performance, efficiency, and autonomy, becoming a more competitive option within the competitive B-SUV segment.
Currently, the DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE is equipped with a 136 hp (100 kW) and 260 Nm engine of Continental origin, which is associated with a 50 kWh gross capacity liquid-cooled battery pack. Its charging system allows it to reach powers of up to 100 kW in direct current, being able to go from 10 to 80% charge in 30 minutes.
The renewed DS 3 Crossback E-TENSE could be around 400 km WLTP of autonomy
Last year, the French model received a series of improvements (a new transmission ratio, tires with lower rolling resistance, a hygrometric sensor that optimizes the operation of the air conditioning system, and new control software) that allowed it to improve its range by 7%, going from 320 to 341 km WLTP.
According to Stellantis, these improvements translated into a remarkably optimized real autonomy at low temperatures, since the new hygrometric sensor will improve the operation of the heat pump that equips the vehicle as standard, something that users who live in cold areas will especially notice.
However, these improvements will be minor compared to the news planned for next year. Rumors suggest that it will adopt a new 156 hp (115 kW) and 270 Nm Nidec engine that is significantly more efficient than the current unit. Its battery pack could have state-of-the-art NCM 811 cells, with a capacity of 54 kWh, which will allow it to travel around 400 km WLTP. Rendered; Auto-moto, Largus