► 2020's new Citroen C4 and e-C4
► Advanced Comfort seats and springs
► On sale in autumn 2020
Citroen has released full details on its new C4 hatchback – the car that will replace the Airbump-protected C4 Cactus. The all-new crossover-inspired five-door follows parent company PSA's strategy of launching its cars with internal combustion engines and electric drivetrains.
When the C4 goes on sale later in 2020, Citroen will be unique in this market sector in offering its mid-sized family hatchback in petrol, diesel and electric forms from launch – beating PSA sister brand Peugeot. PSA brands Peugeot and Vauxhall do offer their smaller 208 and Corsa in electric form, whereas Citroen's C3 is petrol/diesel only due to the use of a different platform.
During the online press conference and world debut of the fresh model, brand CEO Vincent Cobée said 'I do believe this new C4 will become a reference point in the segment.'
That’s a wild design…
It’s definitely going to be a talking point. It's a fastback design that incorporates some of Citroen’s current design cues but introduces some new ones. It gets the interesting split-level lighting arrangement up front first seen on the C3, side cladding and wheelarch extensions that mirror the company's SUVs, but a very stark rear end with a high-level rear spoiler, fat rear bumper and angular rear lights.
Citroen says that the colour schemes available allow for 31 exterior combinations, comprising seven body colours and five ‘colour packs’ that fit into the bumper and side skirt inserts. One of those colour packs – Anodised Blue – is exclusive to the e-C4 variant.
Inside, the C4 gets a development of C5 Aircross's all-digital dash and infotainment set-up but with a few key tweaks. It seems Citroen has listened to the moans of even the air conditioning controls being integrated into the central touchscreen, so has reintroduced physical buttons.
Tech like a head-up display, ambient lighting and, of course, the brand’s Advanced Comfort technologies. That means, like the C5 Aircross, you get Progressive Hydraulic bumpstops in the suspension to improve ride civility and Advanced Comfort seats.
You mentioned varying powertrains?
The C4’s CMP platform allows for petrol, diesel and electric power without the latter compromising space.
The e-C4 joins the C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid, zany Ami city car and a smattering of electric vans in its electrified line-up. Just like other electric PSA cars in the group, it has a 50kWh battery and 134bhp e-motor, allowing for a 0-62mph sprint in 9.7sec and a top speed of 93mph. Citroen claims a range of up to 217 miles on the WLTP test procedure.
Citroen's electric plans explained
The option of an electric version is very interesting – and since we lost the Volkswagen e-Golf, it is one of very few electric choices in this class. Its main rival will be the Nissan Leaf, which although ageing in several areas, does still offer a competitive range and efficiency. And that's before the Volkswagen ID.3 comes on stream.
If a combustion engine is more your thing, Citroen is offering its 109bhp, 128bhp and 153bhp three-cylinder PureTech petrol engines and its 109bhp and 128bhp BlueHDi diesels. All but the lowest powered petrol and diesel are available with an eight-speed auto as well as a six-speed manual.
Let’s talk practicality…
Only briefly. The new C4 has a 380-litre boot – the same as a VW Golf – and there’s a split floor arrangement. Citroen boasts best in class rear legroom (we’ll have to test that ourselves to believe it) and accessories like tablet stands for the front passenger.
When can I buy one?
The new Citroen C4 and e-C4 will be available to order in the autumn of 2020.
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