Restyled DS 7 (2022): second 7 to be confirmed

IN SHORT

Revised version

family SUV

Change of name

From €44,700

On sale since 2018, the DS 7 Crossback has quickly established itself as an important vehicle for the French brand. Thus it became in a few months the best-selling model and it represents more than half of the sales of the French manufacturer. Above all, it allows DS to assert its position in the premium market as it will be the best-selling premium SUV in France between 2018 and 2021. So it is impossible to deny its success.

The D7 Crossback before its restyling.

However, after almost five years of racing, it is time for this DS 7 to change, as is the tradition in the automotive world. And yes, you heard right, we should say the DS 7 and no longer the DS 7 Crossback. The name change is because the term “Crossback” is not more popular than the customers. And it is likely that it will be the same in a few months for his younger brother, the DS 3 Crossback which will therefore become the DS 3.

A completely changed personality

This question of semantics is settled, the aesthetic changes made in this DS 7 are important and noticeable at first glance. They usually focus on the front and back.

The grille has become larger and the underside of the shield has been redesigned.
The grille has become larger and the underside of the shield has been redesigned.
New visual identity even at the level of headlamps that will receive Pixel LED technology or completely new daytime running lights.
New visual identity even at the level of headlamps that will receive Pixel LED technology or completely new daytime running lights.

So, from the front, we immediately notice the new lighting signature and especially the new daytime running lights. Gone are the verticals before the restyling, they are replaced by new ones inspired by those on the DS X E-Tense and Aero Sport Lounge concepts. Called “DS Light Veil”, it consists of four lines made up of 33 LEDs. From a technical point of view, it is a laser-engraved polycarbonate surface that is painted on the internal surface only, to give it an appearance of alternating light and body-color painted areas. This new entity stands on the shoulders of newer, better projectors, but changes the technology. Gone are the spinning crystals that were one of the hallmarks of the DS. Since then, the French brand has used Pixel LED projectors made up of 84 LEDs that make it possible to optimize the lighting according to traffic and climatic conditions. Other changes are related to the grille which has been extended while the DS Wings – these chrome elements – are now reduced in size. The lower part of the shield has also been revised and the soft nose – part between the bonnet and the grille – has also been revised slightly.

New more detailed rear tailgate with slimmer lights and a new central denomination.
New more detailed rear tailgate with slimmer lights and a new central denomination.

The rear also receives its share of new features by adopting a new tailgate with more pronounced body lines. The lights are thinner and in the middle of them the name DS7 Crossback is no longer visible but DS Automobiles.

Finally, we often criticize the bling-bling and flashy features of some DS models. Criticisms seem to be suppressed. Result: the DS7 does not lose its personality, on the contrary, it gains and thus strengthens its statutory part

An E-Tense 360​​​​​​​ version with a sportier design

Test - Restyled DS 7 (2022): second 7 to confirm

This is the novelty of this restyling: the introduction of a rechargeable hybrid version of 360 hp, which comes to manage the range. Beyond the technical details, it is characterized by some particular style elements such as many black body parts, 21-inch rims, a low ride height and widened tracks. Enough to give this DS 7 even more character.

An interior is just as classy

Some board changes.  Quality is always there.
Some board changes. Quality is always there.

If the exterior has changed a lot, it is not the case of the passenger compartment which remains unchanged. To be honest, this is not a bad thing because it represents one of the strong points of this DS 7. So we see the very rewarding atmosphere of the French SUV with quality materials (leather , alcantara, aluminum), some brand-specific details. such as pearl stitching, guillochage or the retractable BRM watch.

Test - Restyled DS 7 (2022): second 7 to confirm
Test - Restyled DS 7 (2022): second 7 to confirm

Obviously we find some classic DS touches like the guillochage or the retractable BRM watch.

These noble materials can perfectly dress the interior, even the dashboard, door panels and even the roof. DS also took advantage of this restyling to introduce new leather upholstery. The driver has in front of him a 12.3-inch digital instrumentation whose graphics have been modernized and can be relayed to a large head-up display. The 12.3-inch multimedia screen also receives the new operating system Stellantis, which marks a significant improvement in terms of ergonomics and fluidity. Only regret, the presence still in the central console of the window regulators.

Test - Restyled DS 7 (2022): second 7 to confirm
Test - Restyled DS 7 (2022): second 7 to confirm

Whether in the back seats or in the trunk, the DS 7 is very accommodating.

As the dimensions remain unchanged, with a particular length of 4.60 m, status quo regarding the practical aspects, which remains very interesting with a lot of seating room and a trunk that can accommodate the a volume of 550 liters if the engine is plug-in hybrid. or heat.

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