CITROEN: All-new C4 and e-C4 EV revealed

CITROEN: All-new C4 and e-C4 EV revealed

The 2020 Citroen C4 and e-C4 EV has been revealed. Gone are the librarian looks of the previous C4 – last updated in 2015 – as the all-new model has an eye-catching coupé-cum-SUV design, which is bang on trend in the current market. The internal combustion-engined C4 and its all-electric e-C4 will replace the C4 Cactus, which arrived on our shores in 2014.

Like the Cactus it replaces, it’s safe to say that the new Citroen C4 will certainly stand out, even against sharply styled rivals like the new Volkswagen Golf 8, Mazda’s new and sleek 3 and SEAT’s all-new Leon.

At the front, the top rung of daytime running lights is slimmer than we’ve seen before. It also looks like there’s a second LED bar in the redesigned headlamp cluster, while the Citroen chevron badge continues into the grilles.

With the sculpted bonnet, razor-sharp body creases and a ‘floating’ roof, you could easily mistake the new C4 for a recently unveiled concept car. The eye-catching styling continues around the back; the tail-lights are joined by an LED light bar that connects to the spoiler mounted across the rear windscreen.

Electric Citroen e-C4 models are marked out by unique badging and blue accents on the front and sides. There are no exhaust pipes, and the charging port is located under the fuel filler cap.

Inside, it’ll be luxurious rather than sparsely pared-back like the outgoing Cactus, with lots more soft-touch materials and proper door handles (as opposed to the fabric straps on the Cactus). There’s a new touchscreen with crisp graphics, a head-up display and a digital instrument cluster and it seems the climate control can now be changed using physical buttons as well as via the touchscreen. There also looks to be a wireless smartphone charger and a sunken rocker switch instead of a bulky gear lever for automatic models.

The new C4 will offer buyers the option of petrol, diesel and battery-electric power for the first time, making it a potential alternative to the new Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback, plus the ID.4 SUV and Peugeot e-2008.

Citroen will reveal more details about the powertrains on 30 June but it may be safe to expect the e-C4 to come with the same 50kWh battery capacity as the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e. This should offer a range of just over 200 miles and 100kW rapid-charging capability, allowing 100 miles of range to be added in around 20 minutes. The Peugeot e-208 is fitted with a 134hp electric motor getting it from 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds.

Unlike the C4 Cactus that shared its PF1 platform with the Citroen C3 and C3 Aircross, Citroen said that the new C4 will ride on the smaller CMP platform already used for the Peugeot 2008 SUV and smaller Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa superminis. This is newer, more lightweight and flexible – and designed specifically to accommodate petrol, diesel and electric powertrains – all on the same production line.

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By Wayne Gorrett

Wayne has been covering developments in the UK's automotive sector for over 10 years, providing news, reviews, first-drive impressions and opinion pieces for a number of print and web outlets in the UK and South Africa. A former marketing director, Wayne is based in a rural village near Winchester, Hampshire. You can follow him on Twitter: @WaynesWorldAuto Facebook: WaynesWorldAuto Instagram: WaynesWorldAuto