“With the new C4, we have brought together two worlds: the world of saloons, with the typical comfort that distinguishes them, and that of SUVs, more modern and versatile thanks to the raised driving position that instills safety”. Pierre Leclerq, Citroen’s head of design, tells the story of the genesis of the new C4, completely revolutionised compared to the previous generation in design and equipment.
“This car inaugurates a new stylistic course for production models and puts into practice what we saw on the 19_19 concept car, a prototype created to celebrate our 100 years in business that anticipated the shapes and details of our future models,” Leclerq continues. 4.36 metres long, 1.80 wide and 1.52 high, the new C4 can be chosen with petrol, diesel or electric engines. The aesthetic differences between the thermal engine and zero-emission versions are not marked: “Obviously the ë-C4 does not have an exhaust pipe and is characterised by dedicated colours. I don’t think there should be a substantial gap between the different versions,” says the French designer. In fact, even in the zero-emission setup, the bonnet is high and sturdy, just as the 2.67 metre wheelbase has remained unchanged.
“The reduced front and rear overhangs, the large wheels, the strong lines, give the C4 a silhouette that seems ready to snap”. The front end, with its luminous V-shaped signature, echoes Citroën’s new aesthetic codes, seen on the CXPerience Concept and the Ami One, a natural evolution of the front end with headlamps on two levels. Your favourite detail? “The chromium-plated chevron extending across the entire width of the vehicle in the front, replicated at the rear by the LED lights,” Leclerq concludes.