Like all Citroens, the C4 is designed to stand out, with its bold and unique exterior design. But it’s designed for the practical-minded buyer too, with its focus on comfort. The e-C4 steals the show as an EV with its capability to gain 100km of driving range in just 10 minutes!
Having digitally revealed the all-new C4, Citroen has now officially revealed the technical details for its new C4 crossover hatchback. The hatchback is being offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines, while there is also an electric model on offer. Citroen is looking at roughly 8 – 10 per cent of the new C4’s sales to come from the e-C4 electric version. And with the capability of gaining 80 per cent charge in just 30 minutes from a 100kW DC fast charger, the e-C4 sure does seem to be quite attractive. You can even get 100kms of driving range in just 10 minutes through this mode of charging!
Under the hood, the fully electric e-C4 is powered by a 50kWh lithium-ion battery pack that gives the car 134bhp of max power and 360Nm of peak torque. This allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 9.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 150km/h. It has a claimed driving range of 350km on the WLTP cycle. The car is offered with a 32 A wall box charger that can fully charge the car in five (optional 11kW charger) to seven and a half hours. A domestic high output socket can also be used to fully charge the battery pack in 15 hours, while a standard socket will do the job in 24 hours.
The petrol version of the car has a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine that is offered in a range of power outputs and transmission options. There’s a 99bhp 6-speed manual variant, a 131bhp 6-speed manual, a 131bhp 8-speed automatic, and a 153bhp 8-speed automatic.
The diesel model is offered with 1.5-litre and 1.6-litre engine options. The 1.5-litre engine develops 131bhp and is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, while the 1.6-litre unit develops 108bhp and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Base variants of the car get 16-inch steel wheels while higher-end variants get 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels, depending on the model.
Leaving all of the powertrain details aside, the new Citroen C4 is styled to be different and disruptive in typical Citroen style. The C4 has been styled as a crossover, with a high ride height to cater to today’s customer preference of high riding vehicles. Being a Citroen, comfort is of course at its core – no less than 20 patents have been filed in regard to the development of the suspension system for the car that features what Citroen calls Progressive Hydraulic Cushions.
When it comes to the cabin, the seats are wide and are designed to be extremely supportive – massaging and heated seats are optional. There are also plenty of storage space compartments (16 according to Citroen), and the boot offers 380 litres of space.
The car also comes loaded with technology – starting from the 10-inch infotainment system, featuring Apple CarPlay and Android auto, emergency call and assistance, etc. The new C4 also gets wireless phone charging, dual-zone climate control, automatic electric handbrake, a heads up display, 360-degree parking cameras, front and rear parking sensors, automatic LED headlamps, and a raft of safety features.
Like all Citroens, the C4 is designed to stand out, with its bold and unique exterior design. And with the focus on comfort, the C4 has the practical-minded buyer in mind too. The new C4 and e-C4 will go on sale at the end of 2020.
While Citroen has no plans yet of bringing the C4 to India, the launch of the C5 Aircross has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more about it here: Citroen C5 Aircross India launch delayed