2023 DS 7 Crossback Facelift hides a delicate design for a modern look.

Soon, the DS 7 Crossback will be under the knife for mid-life upgrades to stay relevant in the premium compact SUV segment. The camouflage prototype of the model was tested in Germany before the end of the month.

The DS 7 Crossback was originally introduced in 2017, making it five years old this year. During this time, its main competitors, including the BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, have been upgraded to some extent, so it’s time for the DS to make some adjustments to its flagship SUV.

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The camouflage roll works well to hide the details, but we can still see the redesigned front bumper. The grid looks a little bigger with a new honey pattern and angular edges. The new LED headlights are thinner than before, and the central lower entrance has a clean design with a processed aluminum-style sliding panel. Finally, vertically aligned DRLs may adopt the new style seen in the smaller DS 4.

The profile is fully open, because the designers have not changed anything in it. The DS 7 may have a new design of the wheels, but the prototype has an old black rim with a lot of scratches.

The rear-facing DS 7 is not expected to change drastically, as it still looks modern despite its age. The rear bumper looks the same – it keeps the dual exhaust pipes and the chrome diffuser – but the LED taillights can hide some changes.

Our spy photographers looked at the cabin and showed that the prototype is the Opera finish level. We believe that a cluster of 12-inch digital devices and a 12-inch informational entertainment touch screen can get updated software with more connectivity features.

The DS 7 Crossback is the most fashionable brother of the Peugeot 3008, Citroen C5 Aircross and Opel Grandland Stellantis SUVs. Like the above models, it is based on the EMP2 architecture and is currently available with gasoline, diesel and hybrid powertrains.

The latter with the E-Tense mark will necessarily move to a higher level range, including the front-wheel drive PHEV and the flagship all-wheel drive PHEV. It will be interesting to see how DS Automobiles updates them as the EV range increases. Another potential addition to the lineup that could replace current ICE versions is the upcoming soft hybrid 1.2 PureTech gasoline, which will gradually find its way into many future Stellantis models.

In addition to the DS 7 Crossback, which is scheduled to officially debut in the coming weeks, DS Automobiles is also preparing to release the DS 3 Crossback, which was tested a few days ago. The two SUVs combine the DS 4 compact hatchback and the DS 9 limousine in four models from the automaker.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien for CarScoops

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