A Class Of Its Own

New 2021 Citroen C4: all-electric e-C4 joins petrol and diesel options

This is the all-new Citroen C4, the to start with model from Citroen to be offered with the selection of a diesel or petrol powertrain as nicely as a fully electric alternative, which will be badged e-C4.  

With the regular hatchback market place suffering in the wake of the SUV boom, Citroen has taken a unique method with its new C4. As exposed by Vehicle Convey earlier in the year, the VW Golf and Ford Emphasis rival has morphed into a crossover.

Talking to Vehicle Convey, Citroen’s CEO Vincent Cobée advised us how the section desired reinventing. “I would agree that the C-section has been a relatively regular sector and is possibly proper for improvements,” Cobée discussed. “One [idea] is to discover the proper balance involving affordability, versatility and ease and comfort, better accessibility, and better visibility, as there is possibly also a require for additional spice in the model.”

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The new C4 borrows styling cues from the larger sized C5 Aircross SUV as nicely as the 19_19 strategy that was exposed as a preview of the long run of Citroen style and design. Its influence can be witnessed in the head and tail-mild style and design of the new C4. The illustrations or photos also reveal both of those petrol and electric versions of the C4, and evidently demonstrate that whichever powertrain buyers choose, the look of the crossover will be identical, with the exception of blue detailing on the badges of the e-C4.

It steps four,360 mm lengthy, 1,800 mm vast, 1,525 mm superior, generating it noticeably larger sized than a VW Golf. Citroen statements boot capacity of 380 litres throughout just about every model, even though wheel dimensions range from sixteen to 18 inches in diameter. 

The cabin is a additional gentle redesign of what we can see in today’s C4 Cactus. A new ten-inch digital dashboard and instrument binnacle are noticeable, even though a redesigned centre console also appears. Wireless smartphone charging as nicely as Apple CarPlay and Android Vehicle connectivity are also integrated.

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Citroen also statements there are sixteen storage compartments dotted during the cabin that incorporate up to 39 litres of extra storage.

Citroen C4 and e-C4 engines and powertrains 

The C4 and e-C4 has released with a whole of three petrol, a single diesel and a single electric powertrain alternatives. Even so, not all are likely to be created out there to British isles buyers. 

Petrol alternatives include Citroen’s PureTech 1.two-litre three-cylinder engine in three states of tune: 99, 128 or 153bhp. All types will be front-wheel drive, even though the additional powerful versions will be offered with an eight-pace automatic gearbox. The only diesel alternative will be a 101bhp 1.five litre, which can be had with a 6-pace manual or eight-pace automatic.

The e-C4 would make use of a 50kWh battery that will energy an electric motor, establishing 135bhp, on the front axle. Citroen statements the e-C4 can include -62mph in 9.seven seconds, strike a best pace of 93mph and include 217 miles on a single charge. Employing a 100kW rapid charging station will replenish the battery to 80 per cent in 30 minutes, even though a domestic 7kW wallbox charger can take a small above 7 several hours. 

1 factor Citroen has verified is that all C4s will have the firm’s new progressive hydraulic suspension established-up. The car’s springs and shock absorbers get the job done with hydraulic compression and rebound stops, which are made to little by little slow system motion above bumps and potholes. 

Revenue of the new C4 will start off in January, with selling prices likely to commence from all over £19,000. The e-C4 should really come in at much less than £30,000 after the Government’s plug-in car grant has been taken into account.

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