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Do you love Paris and its food, fashion and frivolity? If so, the new DS7 Crossback could be just the vehicle for you.
After all, if it’s good enough for President Macron — who was driven down the Champs-Elysees in the very first one — then why not?
I was in Paris this week to try it out. And, like the French president, it’s a smooth operator. It’s produced by DS Automobiles, the premium division of PSA, the Peugeot-Citroen car empire — which now owns Vauxhall — and is a brand in its own right.
Post-plastic: All you touch in the DS7 Crossback is made of leather, metal or wood
Aimed as a Gallic riposte to the dominant German, Japanese and British upmarket luxury off-roaders, this new SUV, DS bosses say, is masculine and something like ‘a French Sean Connery’.
But I think it’s more in the sophisticated mould of legendary actress Catherine Deneuve, or Marion Cotillard from the film La Vie En Rose about Edith Piaf.
The bold Audi-esque grille aside, what strike you most are the finishing touches. DS bosses insist everything the customer touches will be leather, metal or wood — with no plastics to spoil the tactile experience.
The strikingly bright headlights perform a theatrical revolving dance when switched on, and glow either purple or white.
There’s an elegant flip-over clock on the dashboard. The distinctive sculpted triangular metal switches for controlling windows and other functions are works of art.
Technology savoir faire includes an option (£1,000 where not standard) for cameras to read the road several feet ahead to soften the suspension to make potholes bump and bounce free.
The DS7 is aimed as a Gallic riposte to the dominant German, Japanese and British upmarket luxury off-roaders
It costs from £28,050 for the manual DS7 Elegance, and £31,435 for the sportier diesel automatic, up to £43,185 for the Ultra Prestige, with deliveries by spring.
There are two diesel and two petrol engines and four lavish interior style options.
But DS should be more adventurous or avant-garde if they really want to turn heads.
For an extra £1,000 you can equip cameras to read the road several feet ahead to soften the suspension to make potholes bump and bounce free
BMW SOUPS UP ELECTRIC CITY CAR
If you want to be green but need more oomph, BMW has souped up its electric i3 city car.
The new all-electric zero-emissions i3s has a high-performance 184 bhp electric motor linked to a high-voltage lithium ion battery.
It goes from rest to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds, has a top speed of 99 mph, a claimed electric-only range of 174 miles, and costs £36,975 — about £3,000 more than the standard i3.
BMW’s new all-electric zero-emissions i3s has a high-performance 184 bhp electric motor linked to a high-voltage lithium ion battery
The new city car goes from rest to 62 mph in 6.9 seconds, has a top speed of 99 mph, a claimed electric-only range of 174 miles, and costs £36,975
Range-extender versions of both cars, using a 38 bhp two-cylinder engine to generate more electric power, adds about 90 miles to the range and costs £37,220 for the i3 and £40,125 for the i3s.
s well as sportier styling, the i3s has sports suspension that’s 10mm lower, 20 in light alloy wheels, a sport driving mode and sports suspension.
Its eco-friendly build uses parts made from recycled plastics and natural fibre.
Action by ministers to deliberately incentivise millions of motorists to buy diesel cars — and then later penalise them for doing so — could be ‘unlawful’ and leave the Government open to a major legal challenge, lawyers have warned.
Damon Parker, partner at law firm Harcus Sinclair, which launched the legal class action challenge against Volkswagen over the ‘dieselgate’ emissions scandal, told consumer magazine Auto Express: ‘There is evidence that previous governments promoted diesel car sales on a knowingly false basis.
‘On the basis of the evidence, the Government has a case to answer.
‘The tactic of forcing diesel owners to part with their vehicles through financial penalties is not only unfairly prejudicial, but may go so far as to be unlawful and subject to challenge.’
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