DS Automobiles is working on a mid-life update for the DS3 crossback – the smallest member of its lineup. Our spy photographers captured a prototype of a small SUV, hiding its redesigned face under a thin layer of camouflage.
This may not seem like a long time ago but the DS3 crossback debuted again in September 2018. Four years later, the French model is ready for a facelift to stay relevant with its recent competitors in the B-SUV segment.
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The facelifted DS3 crossback will retain its weird style, with updates focusing on the front end. The LED headlights look similar in shape but the bumper-mounted vertical DRLs get a two-stripe design inspired by the new DS4 compact hatchback / crossover. It has a larger grille that now appears to be attached to the lower bumper receiver.
The back edges of the profile and prototype are fully exposed and there is no difference compared to the current DS3 crossback. Still, DS can add fresh LED graphics to the taillights, new wheel designs, and a new color palette to spice up the facelifted SUV. Mild exterior changes will probably be followed by a few technical upgrades inside the premium-style cabin.
DS 3 Crossback is sharing CPM / eCMP architecture with Peugeot 2008 and Opel Mokka, offering a slightly higher premium than its siblings. The model is currently available with a turbocharged 1.2 Puretech petrol, 1.5 BlueHDi turbodiesel and a fully electric powertrain carrying the E-Tense symbol. The facelifted model will certainly carry petrol and EV variants, the former will probably benefit from a light-hybrid system for lower emissions and fuel costs.
The updated DS3 crossback is expected to launch in Europe by 2023.