Stellantis, the massive merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group, has brought more than a dozen brands under one umbrella. One of them is DS, a luxury sub-brand from Citroen. In 2019, DS launched the DS 3 Crossback, a compact crossover with a unique design. New spy photos reveal that the DS is ready to give the model a mid-cycle refresh.
The new photos capture the crossover wearing a tight camouflage wrap that covers only the front fascia but makes it hard to see any styling changes. Customers should not expect significant changes. The restyled crossover features new headlamp graphics that will likely sit above the redesigned grille and bumper.
It’s hard to see any changes the DS made to the grille, but it looks like it might be a single continuous element, unlike the split design on current crossovers. The current DS 3 also features an aggressive bumper design that connects the lower grille openings to the headlights, and it’s unclear if that motif will carry over to the redesigned version. However, we didn’t expect anything subtle.
This crossover sports no camouflage on the rear, although it looks like the DS hasn’t changed anything with the design, at least not. With this mid-cycle update, we also don’t expect the DS to make any significant in-vehicle changes.
That also applies to the powertrain lineup. The crossover uses a Common Modular Platform, and DS will likely continue to offer models with a variety of different powertrain types, including diesel and electric. We don’t expect the DS to make major changes to the engine lineup.
While this is only a mid-cycle facelift for the model, we don’t expect to see the redesigned crossover debut until sometime in 2023. The DS 3 Crossback is currently only three years old, so the company could take some time to redesign it. , although it looks like the DS hasn’t changed much. The brand is likely working on a car co-developed with Alfa Romeo and Lancia to be launched in 2024.