Citroen has released the first images and details of its all-new C4, which is set to debut at the Paris motor show this September.
Ready to rival the brand new Ford Focus, which also arrives later this year, the new Citroen C4 promises a high degree of practicality, efficient engine technology and some interesting new items of equipment never before seen in the family hatchback class.
Less original but more practical
While the prominent chevron grille distinguishes the new C4 as a Citroen, overall the car seems to have lost some of the individuality that marked out its predecessor. It’s a much more generic hatchback design now, but perhaps that will help with sales. And maybe the yet-to-be-revealed three-door will return some of the style and flair.
The new C4 is 5cm longer, 2cm wider and 3cm taller than the car it replaces. Spacious yet ‘driver focused’ is the claim. The 408-litre boot will be the largest in class; it’s said to have square dimensions for practicality, as well as a lower lip for easy loading.
Micro-hybrid and eTouch
Citroen is yet to confirm the full engine line-up, but has let slip that new ‘micro-hybrid’ HDi turbodiesels will be offered. However, this simply refers to a start-stop system, rather than any kind of electric motor assistance.
Lowest CO2 level at launch will be 109g/km, with 99g/km models to follow later.
Helping drivers make the most of each tank of fuel is a new ‘eTouch’ service. This incorporates on-board emergency assistance together with advice on how to improve fuel economy. It also gives detailed maintenance information.
First in class for massaging seats
Further equipment innovations include the ability to alter the dashboard illumination colour – something we’ve already seen on Citroen’s MPV – and choose ‘polyphonic’ sounds for alerts, like a mobile phone. And some models will even be fitted with front seats that have a massage function, a first in this class.
You can also expect lane departure warning systems, xenon headlights with cornering function, blind-spot monitoring and a cruise control/speed limiter with road speed memory settings.
More details of the new Citroen C4 will be announced closer to launch at the Paris motorshow.
The first cars are scheduled to arrive in the UK early in 2011.
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