DS Automobiles is going all-electric for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
The French automaker debuted the E-Tense in Switzerland, sporting an all-electric powertrain with 402 horsepower and 381 pound-feet of torque. Sporting the silhouette of a grand tourer coupe, the E-Tense is uniquely styled with flowing lines and attractive curves and looks like a serious supercar. The company paid close attention to the front and rear lights, with the DS LED Vision headlamps featuring a jewel-like design up front. At the rear are indicators integrated into the roof, inspired by the original DS from 1955.
The use of an all-electric powertrain is a perfect fit for DS, considering it competes in the Formula E World Championship. The company claims it has a range of around 193 miles with mixed driving or 224 miles in urban driving. The E-Tense rides on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis equipped with independent superimposed double-wishbone suspension. Total weight comes in at 3,600 pounds.
DS Automobiles also teamed up with numerous French luxury brands to “raise the interior to new heights of sophistication.” A helmet harness has been developed by Moynat, while a one-off edition watch by BRM Chronographers can be worn on the wrist or set in the car’s center console. The audio system comes from Focal with 9 Utopia high-fidelity speakers in the cabin to satisfy the most demanding listeners.
If you like what you see, there’s a possibility that the DS E-Tense will eventually end up for sale in the U.S. As the luxury division of Citroen, DS Automobiles has plans of heading to the U.S. although there isn’t a definitive time table, since it has only been a year since DS Automobiles’ official launch.