Two worlds, one car. “The new Citroën C4 packs in all the best features of two different architectures: comfort typical of saloons, an aspect that is part of our brand’s DNA, and the versatility of SUVs, with a dynamic look and a raised driving position that instils safety”. Speaking from the brand’s headquarters near Paris at the world launch, Citroën’s head of design Pierre Leclerq tells the story of the genesis of the new French crossover.

Anticipated style-wise by the 19_19 concept car created to celebrate the French brand’s centenary, the C4 is a fully paid up member of the successful compact crossover segment (4.36 metres long). “The aesthetics had to reflect the infinite customisation and modularity potential of this model also from a propulsion point of view”, says the Belgian designer.

A distinctive feature made possible by the use of the PSA group’s CMP platform, since not many other cars in the segment have the option of petrol, diesel or zero-emission (ë-C4) engines. The front end features the signature Double Chevron that this time stretches out in two parallel chrome-plated strips as far as the headlights, “symbolising a greater road presence”. The same theme is repeated in the rear where the lights are split and joined graphically by a black element positioned beneath the spoiler that traverses the full width of the C4.

The interior has also been completely revolutionised in the name of digitisation. The 10-inch centre display controls multimedia system functions, while lower down we find some handy buttons for instant adjustment of the air-conditioning system. The digital instrument screen is located in front of the driver with the head up display higher up.

Complete design story on Auto&Design no.244