New 2023 DS 7 Crossback facelift spied with minimal camouflage

The DS 7 Crossback is getting a refresh next year to shake up the luxury small SUV segment

If you’re wanting a small, premium SUV then you’re pretty well-catered for today, but DS is hoping an upcoming facelift will help the DS 7 Crossback stand out when it launches next year. Designed to rival the likes of the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA, Audi Q3 and Jaguar E-Pace, the DS 7 Crossback featured plenty of typically-French chic touches when it first came out in 2017 and these first spy shots of the updated car reveal more of the same. 

Despite this being our first look at the facelifted DS 7 Crossback, there’s a surprisingly little amount of exterior camouflage, suggesting changes to the design will be minimal. The front retains the huge grille and the lower grille also looks unchanged. The lip has gained several inlets, the front fog lights seem to have vanished and the daytime running lights have received a slight alteration. 

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The side seems unchanged with the same 20-inch ‘Tokyo’ alloy wheels and while there’s camouflage on the rear, it’s hard to spot any modifications over the current model. 

This test car is based on the once range-topping Opera version (now playing second fiddle to the limited edition Louvre) and inside we see the telltale Opera badge on the dash. It looks like DS has kept the clock – made by French watchmakers B.R.M –  on the dashboard, and this timepiece rotates down when the ignition is off. 

Elsewhere we see the same driver’s display and 12-inch infotainment screen – although it’s likely DS could update its infotainment design. There’s also nappa leather seats with the same ‘watchstrap design’ and the same array of nine switches aside the gear lever.

With DS planning on launching electric-only cars from 2024, the DS 7 Crossback could be one of the last from the company with an internal-combustion engine. A 178bhp petrol, 128bhp diesel, 222bhp plug-in hybrid petrol and another hybrid petrol with 296bhp currently power the DS 7 Crossback range and it’s likely the new car will retain this selection of powertrains. 

The facelifted DS7 Crossback is likely to launch sometime in 2023 and we expect a mild inline increase from the current starting price of £39,965. 

What’s it like to live with? Check out our long-term test of the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense here…

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