The new Citroen C4 and Ë-C4 arrive, the new generation of the French compact debuts, along with its fully electric version. A more avant-garde design, reinterpreting details from the past, and large-scale equipment are the qualities of this new Citroën model, which goes on sale in the autumn.
A few weeks ago Citroen gave us a preview of the new C4 and ë-C4. Considered the tenth generation of the compact, for the first time a fully electric variant is also attached. The French brand officially opens the order books from next autumn, waiting for the delivery of the first units before the end of 2020.
Once again, the French have opted for the crossover format, with measures that fit it into the compact segment, despite using the CMP platform of the PSA segment B models. Dimensions that allow it to offer ample interior space, despite the sportier design and with a more pronounced drop in the roof at the rear.
Aesthetically, the two new compacts have a very modern design. The split-level headlamps are visually linked by the chevron slats, a design advanced by the 19_19 concept, and brought to production on the C3 Facelift, recalling the design of the GS. From this model, it also inherits the shape of the rear pillar and the triangular fixed window, while in the rear, the shape of the spoiler is reminiscent of the old C4 Coupé.
With hardly any aesthetic differences between the combustion and electric versions, the firm has tried to do so with the lower section of the matte black rear bumper but with a shiny insert and chrome tailpipes in the combustion versions.
Inside, both have a spacious dashboard with a minimalist design, highlighting the new multifunction steering wheel with driver’s assistant controls on the left radio and the infotainment system on the right, with integrated cams on the back finished in black sparkly. Also, it has two digital screens, without a frame in one of the instrument panels, and 10 inches in the one of infotainment that gives a more luxurious and modern air.
Citroen has also chosen to follow a more luxurious line in the transmission area, with a small lever and three positions, leaving three buttons for the energy recovery mode, the manual mode and the parking mode, a clean design in which only the parking brake knob and driving mode selector are listed.
The firm will offer up to seven combustion versions of the new C4, with two types of diesel – the 110 hp BlueHDi with 6-speed manual transmission and the 130 hp BlueHDi and 8-ratio automatic transmission – and five petrol, with the PureTech versions of 100 and 130 hp with six-speed manual transmission – the second also with 8-speed automatic transmission – and the same transmission for the top of the offer, the 155 hp PureTech.
The ë-C4, being based on the specific platform of e-CMP electric cars, mounts the 100 kW electric motor on the front axle, with a maximum power equivalent to 136 HP.
The battery recharges up to 80 percent in 30 minutes, at a rate of 10 kilometers every 10 minutes at a 100 kW fast-charge point, and between 5 and seven and a half hours in a three-phase socket with the optional 11 kW charger.
In particular, the new Citroen ë-C4 has a digital display in the instrument panel that offers special information given its character of sustainable mobility, with three specific applications: a power meter, an indicator of energy flow, and energy consumption. Thermal comfort, showing the remaining charge time to achieve a full charge, the autonomy in kilometers recovered, or the battery charge pass.