Citroen-owned DS developing compact SUV?

Citroen-owned DS developing compact SUV?

A new report coming out of England finds PSA Peugeot-Citroën’s newly-emancipated DS division is in the early stages of developing its very first compact crossover.

Set to compete in the same segment as the next MINI Countryman, the yet-unnamed crossover will be one of the first PSA Peugeot-Citroën models built on a new modular platform called CMP. It will be offered with gasoline-burning three- and four-cylinder engines, and front-wheel drive will be the only configuration available because DS believes the crossover’s target audience isn’t interested in all-wheel drive.

Visually, the crossover will look markedly more rugged than the rather bland 4 Crossback (pictured), and its front end will fall in line with DS’ new design language thanks to styling cues such as a hexagonal grille with a thick chrome frame and swept-back LED headlights. The MINI-fighting DS 3’s signature shark fin-shaped door pillar will carry over to the high-riding model, while a two-tone paint job will be offered at an extra cost.

If the rumor turns out to be true, DS’ smallest crossover will be introduced at a major auto show in 2018. What remains to be seen is whether the soft-roader will exclusively be sold on the Chinese market, or if it will also be offered in Europe. Currently, DS sells more models in China — including an Audi Q3-fighting crossover called 6WR — than it does in its home country