Some concept cars are lightly disguised production models, simply to test the water with new designs
Years before it found its way into DS showrooms, we revealed this High Rider concept car. It might only have three rather than five doors but you can’t miss the similarity between it and New DS 4 Crossback. There are the accentuated wheel arches, the wraparound bonnet, the sturdy, capable looking raised stance and the chrome rim around the windows. So why did we first show it with three doors? This was 2010 and we didn’t want to give away all our secrets at once!
The secret’s in the bonnet
Like all our cars now have, DS High Rider had an all-enveloping ‘clamshell’ bonnet. These don’t just help give DS models a sophisticated look, they help them slip through the air more efficiently and therefore quietly.
THE FIRST HYBRID 4X4
Years before DS 5 and its Hybrid 4x4 system, DS High Rider suggested a similar diesel-electric hybrid with four-wheel drive
While the HDi diesel engine powered the front wheels, DS High Rider’s electric motor sat on and drove the rear axle. When a burst of thrust was needed or High Rider was crossing challenging terrain, it could deploy four-wheel drive.