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DS 3: Driving / Drive selector (Electric)

DS 3 2016-2022 Owners Manual

The drive selector is a pulse selector with a regenerative braking function.

The drive selector provides traction control based on the driving style, the road profile and the vehicle load.

With regenerative braking activated, it also manages engine braking when the accelerator pedal is released.

P. Park

For parking the vehicle: the front wheels are blocked.

R. Reverse

N. Neutral

To move the vehicle with the ignition off and so allow it to free-wheel.

For more information on Free-wheeling, refer to the corresponding section.

D/B. Automatic forward drive (D) or automatic forward drive with regenerative braking (B)

Information displayed on the instrument panel

When the ignition is switched on, the drive selector status is displayed on the instrument panel:

P : Park.

R : Reverse.

N : Neutral.

D : Drive (automatic forward gear).

B : Brake (automatic forward gear with regenerative braking function activated).


DS 3. Drive selector (Electric)

  1. Button P

    To put the gearbox into Park mode.

  2. Unlock button

    To unlock the selector and come out of P or change to R, with the foot on the brake pedal.

    Press and hold this button before pushing the selector.

  3. Selector state indicators (R, N, D/B)


  • Move the selector by pushing it forwards (N or R) or backwards (N or D/B) once or twice, passing the point of resistance if necessary.

The push selector returns to its initial position when released.

For example, to change from P to R, either push forwards twice without passing the point of resistance or push just once, passing the point of resistance:

  • In the first case, the selector goes from P to N, then from N to R.
  • In the second case, the selector goes directly from P to R.

Regenerative braking

With the Brake function and when decelerating

The Brake function emulates engine braking, slowing the vehicle with no need to depress the brake pedal. The vehicle slows more quickly when the driver releases the accelerator pedal.

The energy recovered when the accelerator pedal is released is then used to partially recharge the traction battery, thereby increasing the vehicle's driving range.

DS 3. Drive selector (Electric) The resulting deceleration of the vehicle does not cause the brake lamps to come on.

  • From mode D/B, move the push selector backwards to activate/deactivate the function.

    D on the instrument panel is replaced with B. The system status is not saved when the ignition is switched off.

DS 3. Drive selector (Electric) In some situations (e.g. battery full, extreme temperatures), the amount of regenerative braking may be temporarily limited, resulting in less deceleration.

The driver must remain alert to traffic conditions and must always be ready to use the brake pedal.

With the brake pedal

When the brake pedal is depressed, the intelligent braking system automatically recovers some of the energy and uses it to recharge the traction battery.

This energy recovery also reduces use of the brake pads, thereby limiting their wear.

DS 3. Drive selector (Electric) The driver may experience a different sensation when depressing the brake pedal compared to a vehicle without regenerative braking.

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