There aren't too many dynamic changes here: new DS PIXEL LED VISION 3.0' headlamps with a range of up to 380-metres; and an extra flagship variant, the E-TENSE 4x4 360, one of three Plug-in Hybrid models, all of which benefit from a larger 14.2kWh battery, which boosts EV range up to 40 miles, though you won't go anywhere like that far if you explore the possibility for an 83mph all-electric top speed. The other two PHEV DS7 variants are as before. The E-TENSE 225 is front-driven and uses a 180hp petrol engine and a 110hp electric motor. The E-TENSE 4x4 300 has a 200hp 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine beating beneath the bonnet, its efforts boosted by an accompanying pair of 110hp electric motors which together boost total power output up to 300hp. That equates to a useful 450Nm of torque, which is transmitted to the tarmac via an eight-speed auto gearbox. The top E-TENSE 4x4 360 gets special tuning, a lowered chassis, a wider track and bigger brakes to go with its extra power (200hp engine, front electric motor with 110hp and rear electric motor with 112hp).
On any DS 7 E-TENSE model, there are four drive modes available. 'Zero emission' is the default setting, which sees functioning only using its electric motors. More commonly, you'll be running in 'Hybrid mode', which sees the electric motors and the engine efficiently working together. If you're pressing on, you'll use 'Sport' mode, which is engine-only. In its '300' and '360' forms, this is a 4x4 model and if you're off piste, you can make the most of that by engaging a '4WD' setting which activates the rear axle for all-wheel drive.
We should point out that you don't have to have Plug-in power in your DS 7: the brand is still offering a conventional 1.5-litre BlueHDi 130 diesel unit for those unconcerned about the current environmental zeitgeist. Whatever engine you choose, across the range, as before, top models feature the 'DS Active Scan' camera-driven active damping set-up that is able to anticipate bumps and undulations before you even get to them, allowing the DS 7 to waft over things like potholes and speed humps with silken ease. This Crossover is at its best when you're wafting along and enjoying this Gallic model's more relaxed approach to life. Across the line-up, you can get an optional 'Grip Control' system that optimises front wheel grip for light off road use.