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New for 2022 is the range-topping E-Tense 4×4 360 variant, which has a 197bhp petrol engine coupled with a pair of EV motors: one with 108bhp on the front axle and one with 110bhp to drive the rear.

This powertrain is available on all specifications apart from the entry-level Performance Line and is the only option for the £63,940 Opera Premiere model.

It’s the same set-up as in sibling brand Peugeot’s 508 PSE sports saloon and will get the 7 Crossback from 0-62mph in just 5.6sec. 

DS will also continue to offer its SUV in E-Tense 225 guise, with a 177bhp petrol engine and a 108bhp electric motor, while a Peugeot-built BlueHDi 130 diesel engine will also be available.

DS has produced a new 14.4kWh battery for the PHEVs, giving 50 miles of electric-only driving. Charging takes about two hours from a 7.4kW charger.

The range-topping E-Tense 4×4 360 also gets special tuning from DS’s performance division to “optimise its energy management”.

Inside, the 12.0in infotainment touchscreen is now powered by DS’s new customisable Iris System, as seen in the new DS 4 hatchback.

DS product director Agnès Tesson Faget said: “The new DS 7 embodies our vision of the art of travel French style.

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