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DS Concept Revealed Ahead of Int'l Inauguration

DS Concept Revealed Ahead of Int'l Inauguration DS Concept Revealed Ahead of Int'l Inauguration

The DS E-Tense Concept has been revealed ahead of a debut at the Geneva Motor Show as a 396-bhp electric GT, perhaps pointing the way to DS’s future.

It’s a year since DS became a standalone Citroen brand and it’s celebrating by revealing this–the DS E-Tense Concept–ahead of a debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

Citroen has always done good concepts–like the Divine DS and the Citroen GT–and the DS E-Tense looks to be another tease of what could be done, but probably won’t.

The E-Tense is a dramatic looking GT car with sculptured looks–and about the same size as a Lamborghini Aventador–with lots of "concept" stuff like a lack of a back window and a totally impractical dashboard structure inside, Cars UK reports.

Powering the E-Tense is a 396-bhp electric motor, powered by a 53-kWh lithium-ion battery pack which is good for a range of 192 miles and is said to manage the 0-62mph dash in 4.5 seconds.

The batteries are housed under the floor for a lower center of gravity, there’s independent double wishbone suspension and a set of alloys clad in bespoke Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber.

It’s an impressive concept, but it is really more about demonstrating the future direction of DS styling and a look a potential electric powertrain for road cars, than previewing a production DS.

It also neatly links DS road cars (well, concept cars) to their Formula E World Championship endeavors.

Iran has recently seen its first DS showroom open in the country on the expensive Andarsgou Boulevard in the west of the capital, Tehran. The car showroom is retailing the expensive offshoot to the growing luxury car segment in the country.

The DS E-Tense Concept will debut next week at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.