E-Tense Concept Electric Sports Coupe From DS (nee Citroen): Geneva Debut


French automaker Citroën is trying to move upmarket with a new sub-brand called DS.

The name has already been applied to a collection of hatchbacks, sedans, and utility vehicles, as well as a team in the Formula E electric-car racing series.

Now, the DS marque is also getting its own concept electric car.

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Debuting at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the DS E-Tense is an electric sports coupe that likely previews the brand's future styling rather than a specific upcoming production model.

While some automakers use styling to advertise a car's electric powertrain, the E-Tense has many elements that look like they'd be at home on a gasoline sports car, including a massive grille and copious air intakes.

One interesting detail is the pair of roof-mounted rear turn signals, a nod to the original 1955 Citroën DS.

DS E-Tense concept, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

DS E-Tense concept, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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With features like self-leveling suspension and an unorthodox body design, the the Citroën DS was one of the most innovative cars of its time.

Today's DS E-Tense concept, meanwhile, has an electric powertrain rated at 402 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.

That will get the coupe from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 155 mph, DS says.

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A lithium-ion battery pack mounted under the floor gives the E-Tense a range of 192 miles, albeit as measured on the highly optimistic testing cycle.

The chassis is made from carbon fiber, helping keep weight to around 3,600 pounds.

Inside the two-seat cockpit, the driver is confronted by a 12-inch display screen that acts as the gauge cluster, as well as a 10-inch display screen in the center console that handles infotainment functions.

DS E-Tense concept, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

DS E-Tense concept, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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Some unusual features include a one-off BRM watch that can be affixed to the center console or worn as a wristwatch, and handmade helmet harnesses.

None of those features are likely to see production, and neither is much else from the DS E-Tense concept.

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Some of its styling may be incorporated into future DS production models, but the E-Tense itself will likely remain a piece of concept-car whimsy.

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