The new Citroën C4 hatchback will arrive next year and will feature an electric drive option as well as standard petrol and diesel models.
The Citroën C4, which competes against the Ford Focus and VW Golf, will be an all-new model that won’t share the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform, like the Peugeot 308, but rather the smaller CMP architecture shared by the new Peugeot 208 and Vauxhall Corsa. The electric model is expected to rival the Volkswagen ID.3 hatch.
The original C4 Citroën debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2004. Designed by Donato Coco, Jean Pierre Ploué and Bertrand Rapatel, the C4 was based on the Peugeot 307. It was offered in two body variants: a five-door hatchback and a three-door coupé. The front of both models featured a grille formed from virtual extensions of the central crest. Meanwhile, the sedan was more rounded with softer shapes and the coupe was more angular.
Citroën product strategy chief Xavier Peugeot wouldn’t confirm that the C4 replacement would be available in 2020, but he did confirm that a “significant car” would debut with the abovementioned option of powertrains. He also stated that the new C4 would boast a bolder design than its predecessor, which has been criticized for its lack of personality.
“The car that is coming next year is a true Citroën,” Peugeot said. “And it will be a successful product. It has to be bold but in a modern way. It’s not as bold as an AMI 8 was 60 years ago. It will shake the market; it will not be classical. It will not be conservative. This is forbidden.”
Peugeot also maintained that Citroën would follow the lead of the other PSA brands and offer a range of electric vehicles. “You have to look at our product plan,” he said. “There is no overall decision about this; we will have electrified products coming in the next 18 months.”
Citroën launched the C3 in 2016 and the C3 Aircross in 2017. Both shared the PF1 platform, which cannot be electrified, therefore, they are not expected to be available as electric models until at least 2024.
The PSA Group is a French automobile and motorcycle manufacturer, which includes the Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands. Peugeot is the largest of the PSA brands. As of 2016, PSA started developing and growth strategy with plans to expand into the Indian, American, Canadian, ASEAN, and other markets in the future. The group established its new North American headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The city was chosen after evaluating factors such as business environment, standard of living and workforce.