DS E-Tense Concept

Concept Cars 14 Mar 2016
DS E-Tense Concept

Presented at this year’s Geneva Show, the E-Tense signals the direction for the future of the premium brand.

The E-Tense Concept is a luxury two-seater GT with generous dimensions (4.72 L x 2.08 W x 1.29 H) and an all-electric 402 hp drivetrain.

DS E-Tense Concept

The car is based on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis with independent superimposed double wishbone suspensions with low center of gravity, achieved also thanks to the position of the batteries, located beneath the floor.

DS E-Tense Concept

The complex design of the front, and the Z-shaped LED stripe are somewhat reminiscent of the recent Lexus sportscars. For the radiator grille DS designers used a combination of parametric design and 3D printing

Among the main design elements are the absence of the rear screen (as already seen in the Divine DS Concept) and the central chrome-plated spine, which runs from the hood  to the end of the roof.

DS E-Tense Concept

In particular, the absence of the rear windscreen in combination with the distinctive air outtakes and tail lights give the E-Tense Concept a very distinctive rear view.

DS E-Tense Concept at Geneva 2016

DS E-Tense Concept

Overall, the exterior appears to be well proportioned and with a number of interesting and original solutions, partly diluted due to the complexity of the surface treatment and the resulting high number of details.

DS E-Tense Concept

As with all the models in the DS line-up, particular attention was paid in the development of a unique, stylish interior, with a bold look and exclusive materials.

DS E-Tense Concept Interior

The intricate, complex shapes of the surfaces have been developed using generative algorithms and parametric modeling – a technique recently adopted on the BMW Vision Next 100 for the design of the Alive Geometry feature.

DS E-Tense Concept Interior - Surface details

The best example of this process at work is the futuristic design of the dashboard.


It took DS upholsterers 800 hours to design, test and produce the interior, with particular emphasis on the upgraded watch-strap seat design and the dashboard.

DS E-Tense Concept Interior

Among the interior features are the cold steel used for the dashboard, which contributes to the futuristic look, and the strongly marked tulip-shape of the steering wheel.

DS E-Tense Concept Interior - clous de Paris pattern

The guilloché work with the clous de Paris (hobnail) pattern around the toggle switches of the central console.

The cabin was also enriched with some bespoke accessories created in collaboration with French luxury brands.

DS E-Tense Concept

The helmet harness by Moynat, inspired by the Y-shaped straps that used to secure the trunk holding the spare tire to the back of an automobile.

DS E-Tense Concept Interior - Watch detail

The one-off edition watch by BRM Chronographes Watchmaking technology can be worn on the wrist or affixed to the car’s central console.

DS E-Tense Concept Interior - Surface detailsThe 640W audio system by Focal includes 9 Utopia high-fidelity loudspeakers.

(Source: PSA Citroën)

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