DS Divine review
The DS Divine first appeared at the Paris Motor Show in 2014 and bosses stressed from the outset that such a model would never make production. However, they did confirm that aspects of the design will make their way onto new DS models in the not-too-distant future.
DS Divine Appearance
The first thing you notice is how small it is. However, open up the lavish scissor doors and you reveal an interior like no other. There’s an aeroplane style squared-off steering wheel and classy heads-up display, while the sharp diamond shapes and intricate buttons for the gearbox dominate the centre console. The sweeping leather dash is another interesting feature, and it continues through the car past the front seats and into the rear.
4.21 m long and 1.98 m wide, the vehicle displays a complex style that is powerful and personal, while taking over the usual codes of the brand, such as LEDs encrusted with Swarovski diamonds, or the grille ” DS Wings “with two chrome legs that highlight the headlights. The profile is marked by four elytron doors with opposing opening, while the flag is treated with semi-transparent scales. The rear has retractable lights and a bezel with compartmentalized design, devoid of glass surface. It is to the designer Damien Fressard, a graduate of Créapole, that we owe this exterior design. Inside, the center console is covered in white gold, the buttons are made of precious stones and the four independent seats are dressed in leather tanned by Seton brand.
The Divine has been designed without a rear window and in place of a rear-view mirror there is a screen carrying images from a small camera at the rear of the car. “In terms of design, it’s a great opportunity because we have no rear window and it’s good for our designer to imagine a different design for the rear. The body is also fitted with metal “scales” to give the appearance of a reptile such as a snake. The scales can be raised or lowered to improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the car. Similarly, the rear lamps are covered by scales, which open up when the engine is started. Metroz suggests that his design team is working on the scales as a production-car feature.
Another major styling highlight is the roof. The roof of Divine DS is truly unique with a design resembling the scales of a reptile. Playing on contrasts, these scales feature alternating effects: matt and satin, opaque and transparent, revealing the light inside and outside the car through changing reflections. The scale pattern extends over the rear window and can also be seen on the door mirrors. A unique and enchanting display that contrasts with the sensual, voluptuous curves of the rear end.
DS Divine mechanical review
Divine DS is equipped with the turbocharged direct-injection 1.6 THP petrol engine developing 270 bhp. A perfect fit with its dynamic character. With maximum output of 199 kW at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 330 Nm between 1,900 rpm and 5,500 rpm, this is an engine of outstanding performance. Meeting high standards in performance does not mean turning a blind eye to environmental concerns. This engine is compliant with Euro6 standards and emits just 145g/km de CO2.