The DS E-TENSE is an all-electric, luxury grand tourer with a range of 310 km

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DS Autombilies, the luxury vehicle division of Citroën, will unveil the DS E-TENSE, a high-performance electric GT concept car at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next week. Within  4.72 meters of length and 1.29 meters of height, the DS E-TENSE packs customary French quirkiness, blending it with luxury, new technologies and breakthroughs in electric propulsion.

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In profile, the DS E-TENSE has the silhouette of a grand tourer coupé. Viewed from top, a central chrome-plated spine runs across the metallic green ametrine body colour. Up front, the E-TENSE features trademark, DS headlamps with the DS LED Vision headlamps that are jewel-like in design. The daytime running lights meander out as if lines of beaded stitching, which, the manufacturer says are a nod to the world of high fashion.

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At the rear, the indicators integrated into the roof are inspired by the original DS from 1955. The tail lights are equipped with full LED technology and scale-like in design, a design trait that will be replicated in future DS models. A rear windscreen does not exist on the E-TENSE, giving the design team a huge amount of freedom to mould its contours and make use of digital rear-view technology.

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As for the car’s interior, it took DS’s upholsterers 800 hours to design, test and produce the interior, with particular emphasis on the watch-strap style design on the seats and dashboard. Highlights include the cold steel used for the dashboard, and the tulip-shape of the steering wheel. Other noteworthy features include a helmet harness made of made of natural calfskin by Moynat, an one-off edition watch by BRM Chronographers, the case of which is angled at 90° so that the time is viewable while driving, and a Focal Utopia audio system with 9 high-fidelity loudspeakers.

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The DS E-TENSE is powered with a 100% electric 402 hp engine that produces 516 Nm of torque, and promises a 310 km mixed cycle range (or 360 km urban cycle). The two-seater monocoque chassis is manufactured from carbon fibre and equipped with independent superimposed double wishbone suspension. The lithium-ion batteries are situated under the car’s chassis, which keeps the centre of gravity low and enables even torque distribution between the axles.  The DS E-TENSE rides on specially developed Michelin tyres (able to sustain the high torque electric powertrain)

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The DS E-TENSE further features DS LED Vision, wherein all the LED modules can now rotate at 180°. Furthermore there is a welcome mode for the driver, and new features including a high-way function for motorway driving and a weather function that widens the beam in rain, snow and fog. Inside, there’s also high-definition digital instrumentation: a 12-inch digital handset is coupled with a 10-inch touchscreen.

TECHNICAL DATA

Dimensions: 4.72 L x 2.08 W x 1.29 H
Engine: 100% electric 402hp
Acceleration: 4.5 seconds from 0 to 100 km
Range: 360km (urban cycle) or 310km (mixed cycle)
Maximum torque: 516Nm
Top speed: 250km/h
Weight: 1.8 tons
Tyres: MICHELIN Pilot Supersport Front: 245/35 ZR 20 Back: 305 /30 ZR 20
2-wheel drive system
Carbon monocoque chassis
Sound: Focal Utopia system, ninz loudspeakers, 640W, with a Digital Signal Processor for tuning

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