Citroen has revealed pictures and full details of its new core C4 lower medium model, which will include an electric version as well as petrol and diesel models.
Coming to the UK around the end of this year, the new C4 is designed to mould crossover and hatchback styling cues, sitting slightly higher than the previous C4 model which was dropped more than two years ago, leaving the C4 Cactus as its offering in a sector that is still vital for the fleet sector despite the rise in popularity of crossovers.
According to Citroen, the new C4 has “all the qualities needed to shake up standards in a segment that is already in the process of reinventing itself”.
In total, three petrol (100hp, 130hp and 155hp) and two diesel (110hp and 130hp) engines will be offered along with the electric powertrain, although efficiency figures for the internal combustion engine models have not yet been released.
The 136hp e-C4 will come with an official range of 217 miles from its 50kWh battery, and Citroen expects the electric version to begin at around 10% of sales, rising to 20% in the next couple of years. According to Citroen, an 8-% charge is possible in 30 minutes using a 100kW charger, and a 32A wallbox will recharge the e-C4 in 7.5 hours.
The new C4 is slightly shorter than the Ford Focus or Vauxhall Astra at 4360mm, and is in the middle of the pack for width, but sits more than 30mm higher than any of the biggest selling hatchbacks in the lower medium sector.
Comfort has become Citroen’s key consideration when developing its cars in recent years, and the French brand said that its new C4 conforms to that in four ways: driving comfort in terms of noise and vibration, cabin space and practicality, a soothing interior atmosphere and intuitive technology.
The C4 gets Citroen’s Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension, also used on the C5 Aircross and C4 Cactus models, that the manufacturer claimed offers “supreme comfort and a ‘magic carpet ride’ effect”, while the seats are also claimed to offer “armchair” levels of comfort.
The cabin practicality includes 16 stowage compartments across the interior, and Citroen is also claiming best in class rear passenger knee room, in part due to a wheelbase that is among the longest in the segment. A boot space of 380 litres is in line with the new VW Golf and much better than Ford’s Focus, though well adrift of the likes of the Honda Civic or Peugeot 308.