Citroën Ireland have announced details of their new 10th generation compact hatchback, the all-new Citroën C4 and fully electric ë-C4. The Citroën C4 was first launched in 1928 as the French brands first compact vehicle, however, is best known for the 2004 edition which sold 3 million units globally and embodied Citroën’s boldness for design and technology. The all-new C4 which was unveiled earlier today, builds on this legacy and offers the elegance, fluidity and dynamism of a compact hatchback coupled with the strength, character and robustness of an SUV. Available in a choice of Petrol, Diesel or all-electric; the new C4 will launch in Ireland in Q1 2021.
The new C4 draws on Citroën’s long and rich experience in the compact hatchback segment which started in 1928 with the first generation C4. This was later followed by the Ami 6 and Ami 8 which were renowned for their exceptional comfort in the 1960s. The following decade saw the introduction of the GS and GSA featuring hydropneumatic suspension and a revolutionary design. The Citroën BX was launched in the 1980s and the ZX in the early 1990s, followed by the Xsara in 1997, C4 in 2004 and first edition C4 Cactus in 2014. The all-new C4 marks the 10th generation of compact hatchback from Citroën and with 92 years of segment experience and a related 12.5 million compact hatchback sales globally, the new C4 promises to be the best yet offering a fresh innovative design with a bold, uniquely Citroën flavour.
The front end of the New C4 boasts a V-shaped lighting signature which incorporates Citroën’s new design standards and includes double-stage headlights with chrome chevrons stretched across the entire width of the vehicle. These iconic chevrons flow into to the LED daytime running lights at the top and extend to the LED headlights at the bottom. The bonnet, high and horizontal, echoes the concave shape of C5 Aircross SUV and exudes an energetic and assertive attitude. The unique roof line, combined with the sloping rear window, clearly expresses the aerodynamics of the vehicle, while the rear spoiler enhances the vitality of the body shape. This gently sloping roof and overhanging side windows is a nod to the iconic Citroën GS but also offers a design feature that allows for a generous boot volume of 380 litres. The New C4 offers a choice of 31 colour combinations thanks to 7 exterior colours options and 5 exterior colour packs. There are also 6 different interior choices and a host of alloy wheel options available to ensure optimal customisation.
On the inside, the New C4 inspires confidence at first glance through the modernity of its clean, contemporary dashboard, softly shaped door panels and soft, supple materials throughout. The wide horizontal dashboard gives passengers a feeling of space and volume while the chevron grain pattern on the dashboard and Satin chrome (or high-gloss black) accents on the vents, steering wheel, instrument panel and cabin controls offer a comfortable cabin experience by clearly identifying useful touchpoints.
The short front and rear overhangs combined with the large-diameter wheels and ground clearance, give the New C4 a unique, assertive and confident elevated posture. With a long wheelbase of 2,670 mm, it stands proudly at 4,360 mm long, 1,800 mm wide and 1,525 mm high to offer occupants increased visibility. The new Citroën C4 will incorporate the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme featuring suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions and Advanced Comfort Seats to ensure that renowned Citroën driving comfort. The new C4 will be paired with a wide variety of engine options including three petrol variants: a PureTech 100 S&S 6-speed manual gearbox and a PureTech 130 S&S with a choice of 6-speed manual or EAT8 gearbox. There will also be two Diesel engines, the BlueHDi 110 S&S 6-speed manual and BlueHDi 130 S&S EAT8. The New C4 will also feature all electric drive for the first time, this ë-C4 will offer a 100 kW (136 hp) package with a WLTP range of 350 km. This package is particularly powerful and energetic with 260 Nm of torque instantly available for clean, linear acceleration of 0-100 km/h in 9.7 seconds and a top speed of 150 km/h. The 50-kWh electric motor is high-voltage 400V Li-Ion battery and comes with an 8 year 160,000km warranty. The ë-C4 will also feature regenerative breaking and a mode selector on the centre console for Eco, Normal or Sport modes.
Speaking today, Pat Ryan Managing Director of Citroën Ireland commented “The new C4 finally squares the circle in terms of finding a comfortable family hatchback that offers everyday practicality without compromising on style. The New C4 is compact on the outside but spacious on the inside. It’s also an elegant and sturdy vehicle that I believe will do extremely well here in Ireland. First models will arrive in January 2021 and we will be announcing our prices and specifications for this fantastic new compact hatch in September”.
The New C4 is available in 3 different engines: 100% electric, petrol and diesel. For more information see Citroen.ie