Following on from its successful SUV offensive with the launch of C3 Aircross SUV and C5 Aircross SUV, Citroën is ready for the next stage in the rollout of its product strategy, focusing firmly on the hatchback market. New ë-C4 represents Citroën’s new-generation compact hatchback, inspired by customers and their various ways of driving.
With a unique and bold identity, New ë-C4 presents a new concept at the heart of the compact hatchback segment. With its elevated and assertive posture, the new body shape combines the elegance and dynamism of a hatchback, while subtly adopting certain SUV design forms for added strength and character. Aerodynamic and fluid, the design features new LED V-shaped front and rear lighting signatures, and a new expression of style that is more assertive, muscular and dynamic. The warm and high-tech interiors instantly express well-being, comfort and modernity. Each customer will be able to configure their car to suit their preferences, with 31 exterior colour combinations and six ambiences inside the cabin.
New ë-C4 embodies high-tech and modern electric mobility – a new ë-Comfort class. After C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid, Ami, ë-Dispatch and ë-SpaceTourer, New ë-C4 lets one drive in electric mode on a daily basis, perfectly insulated from the road and the outside world, in a hushed, cocoon-like setting – so all outside stresses are filtered out. With electric mode, all passengers are enveloped in an aura of calm. The silent operation, the smoothness of the vehicle’s movement, the pleasure of driving, the gentle suspension, the soft Advanced Comfort seats, the removal of vibrations on-board, the ergonomics and ease of use of the interfaces and dedicated services – everything contributes to enhanced comfort, for all occupants.
New ë-C4 has an efficient electric powertrain with zero CO2 emissions and a WLTP range of 217 miles (350 km). In addition to the pleasure of driving 100% electric, with no CO2 emissions and real efficiency in everyday use, New ë-C4 also allows access to the low-emission traffic zones in some cities, which are increasingly off-limits to conventional vehicles.
The 100% electric motor is powerful and energetic whatever the circumstances. It has 136 hp, 260 Nm of torque that is instantly available, a 0-62 mph time of 9.7 seconds when in Sport mode and a top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h). The 50 kWh battery pack is rated as high-voltage 400 V Li-ion. For peace-of-mind, the battery warranty is eight years or 100,000 miles for 70% of charge capacity.
New ë-C4 has a “Brake” feature to amplify the deceleration of the car without pressing the brake pedal. The system allows for the recovery of energy when slowing the car, unlike conventional petrol and Diesel versions. This action lets the driver partially recharge the battery and increase range.
Several driving modes are available, activated by the mode selector on the centre console: Eco, Normal or Sport. The system allows the driver to choose between performance and optimal eco-driving.
At a public charging station using a 100 kW charger, the battery replenishes at a rate of approximately 6.2 miles/min (10 km/min), which is best in the segment. 80% of charge is completed in 30 minutes. At home using a 32 A Wallbox, recharging takes as little as 7.5 hours with single-phase supply or even 5 hours with three-phase supply and an optional 11 kW on-board charger. At home and for occasional needs, the battery can be recharged using a standard domestic socket. To make life easier for customers and to enable them to enjoy their electric vehicle with faster charging times on a daily basis, Citroën takes care of everything and offers a “one-stop shop” solution for installing a Wallbox at home.
Charging is simple and can be pre-programmed or deferred to benefit from more advantageous off-peak electricity prices. Customers can pre-set the charging times using the touchscreen tablet in the passenger compartment or by using the MyCitroën app. Charging is easy thanks to the ergonomics of the charging port and the accessibility of the cable(s), which are stored under the boot floor. The charging port features a coloured indicator so the user can monitor the charging process. Charging can also be followed on the MyCitroën app.
With the launch of its new range of electrified vehicles, Citroën supports the driver by offering clear and intuitive operating interfaces that are easy to read, easy to understand and easy to use. The aim is simple: to strengthen the connection between the driver and their vehicle, enhance the modernity of the drivetrain, simplify all interactions on a daily basis, and to make New ë-C4 an extension of the home – in a fun, intuitive and rewarding way. The driver has a dedicated readout on the digital instrument panel to view the battery status or range, as well as a choice of three displays: power indicator (power meter), energy flow or heat comfort consumption. The latter makes it possible to view the impact of in-car heating and temperature comfort on energy use.
Accessible directly via a button on the centre console, specific pages on the touchscreen display the system’s operating status or the settings for delayed battery charging. When the vehicle is charging, the screen can show the remaining time to achieve a full charge (in hours and minutes), the range recovered (in miles / km) or the recovered battery charge as a percentage.
New ë-C4 will hit the roads in the second half of 2020, with orders opening in the autumn.