This is the new Citroen C4, a glassy coupe-SUV appearance auto that’s the aboriginal Citroen archetypal to be offered with a best of accepted petrol and agent engines and with a pure-electric powertrain, badged as the e-C4.
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The architecture is a cogent abandonment from the approachable C4 Cactus SUV, with an clear alloy of hatchback, crossover and SUV styling. This gives it a assorted ambit of rivals, alignment from hatchbacks such as the Ford Focus and Mazda3, to crossover and SUV appearance models like the Kia XCeed, Peugeot 2008 and Ford Focus Active.
It’ll go on auction in January, with prices estimated to alpha at about £19,000 for the petrol and agent models, and £30,000 for the electric e-C4 afterwards the Government’s constituent car grant.
It’s safe to say that the Citroen C4 will angle out, with a aciculate architecture that combines elements of a high-riding SUV and a hatchback. Like the afresh facelifted Citroen C3, the advanced end borrows several architecture cues from the 19_19 abstraction car. However, the top rung of daytime active lights is slimmer than we’ve apparent before. It additionally looks like there’s a added LED bar in the redesigned headlamp cluster, while the Citroen chevron brand continues into the grilles.
With a sculpted bonnet, acid anatomy creases and a roof that looks like it’s amphibian acknowledgment to allegory atramentous windscreen pillars, you could calmly aberration the C4 for a abstraction car. The clear administration continues about the back; the tail-lights are abutting by an LED ablaze bar that connects to the addle-brain army beyond the rear windscreen. With the C4’s auto shape, the rear windows are evocative of the rather abnormal Citroen C6 saloon.
Electric Citroen e-C4 models are apparent out by different badging and dejected accents on the advanced and sides. There are no bankrupt pipes, and the charging anchorage is amid beneath the ammunition accompaniment cap.
Like the C4 Cactus it’s accepted to replace, the new Citroen C4 and e-C4 will affection the company’s Advanced Abundance ethos, with every archetypal accepting the firm’s new accelerating hydraulic abeyance as apparent in the C5 Aircross SUV. This bureaucracy uses a hydraulic compression arrangement to apathetic the car’s anatomy movement over bumps, abbreviation the appulse acquainted by passengers.
Inside, it’ll be comfortable rather than pared-back, with abundance lounge-style advanced seats and lots of soft-touch abstracts and absolute aperture handles (not aloof bolt straps). There’s a new touchscreen with brittle graphics, a head-up affectation and a agenda apparatus cluster, and it seems the altitude ascendancy can now be afflicted application concrete buttons as able-bodied as via the touchscreen. We additionally atom a wireless smartphone charger and a alveolate rocker about-face instead of a beefy accessory batten for automated models. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both included.
The ambit of the C4 are acutely beyond than those of a VW Golf but its angled roof agency it doesn’t action any all-inclusive advance in practicality. You get 380 litres of cossack amplitude in all models, which absolutely matches the Golf, but Citroen mentions 16 added accumulator compartments throughout the autogenous that add an added 39 litres of space.
The alpha of 2020 was said to mark the alpha of Citroen’s ‘electrification offensive’, with the affiance that every new car and van archetypal would be offered with an all electric or constituent amalgam advantage in accession to petrol and agent engines. According to Citroen, the action was ‘devised to accord consumers the adaptability to accept their adapted model, and again the adjustment of propulsion best accordant to them.’ The aboriginal archetypal launched beneath the new affairs was the amalgam Citroen C5 Aircross SUV.
Unlike the C4 Cactus that aggregate its PF1 underpinnings with the Citroen C3 and C3 Aircross, Citroen told us the new car will sit on the abate CMP belvedere already acclimated for the Peugeot 2008 SUV and abate Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa superminis. This is newer, added failing and flexible, as it was advised to board petrol, agent and electric powertrains.
The petrol and agent engines are the PSA Groupe’s accustomed turbocharged 1.2-litre PureTech and 1.5-litre BlueHDi engines. The 1.2-litre petrol will action outputs of 108bhp, 128bhp or 153bhp but it’s not yet accepted if all three of these will be awash in the UK. A 101bhp agent agent will be available, admitting crumbling agent sales. An automated gearbox will be adapted on the best able engines, and will be alternative on the diesel.
Alongside the petrol and agent powered models, the new C4 will be accessible as a absolutely electric archetypal alleged the e-C4. As we expected, Citroen’s aboriginal electric crossover will accept a 50kWh battery, aggregate with the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e. The ambit is the best absorbing out of all the cars that use this powertrain, conceivably due to the e-C4’s swoopy styling. Up to 217 afar is promised from a abounding charge, and 100kW fast charging will accord 80% allegation in bisected an hour. A abounding allegation takes seven hours from a wallbox.
It’s not absolutely as quick as the mechanically agnate Peugeot e-2008 – 0-62mph takes 9.7 seconds, compared to nine abnormal for the Peugeot but it should be affluence for best buyers, abnormally as Citroen is primarily focused on comfort. Other electric rivals will accommodate the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback, the Mazda MX-30 SUV and the accessible Vauxhall Mokka-e.
Want to apperceive added about Citroen’s SUV line-up? Why not apprehend our all-embracing reviews of the Citroen C3 Aircross and Citroen C5 Aircross.