Premium French carmaker DS Automobiles has unveiled its all-new large saloon, which is set to feature a number of electrified powertrains.

Called the ‘9’, it’s ‘highly sophisticated and packed with technology’, according to the firm.

The model’s striking ‘three-box’ design is underpinned by a new version of the manufacturer’s EMP2 (Efficient Modular Platform 2) with a longer wheelbase not used with a saloon car before. DS claims this ‘greatly benefits the rear passenger space’.

Béatrice Foucher, CEO of DS Automobiles, said: “Since the launch of DS in 2015, one goal excited our team: being able to offer a large French saloon. Our ambition is to embody French luxury expertise in a car led to the arrival of a new benchmark in the premium saloon segment, and this desire to convey French culture through a car is translated today into DS 9.”

From launch, the DS 9 will be offered with a new E-Tense plug-in hybrid powertrain made up of a turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor.

In total, this powertrain has 222bhp and has an all-electric range of between 25 and 31 miles.

Foucher added: “For a saloon, poise is an essential quality. We created DS 9 to surprise and be demonstrative. It’s fully aligned with the DS lineage since the creation of our brand.”

The model follows the DS 7 Crossback and DS 3 Crossback in the firm’s line-up and will go on sale during the second half of 2020.