This is the new Citroen C4, and as you’ll have hopefully noticed straight away, it’s not a hatchback. Yep, Citroen has abandoned the C-segment positioning used for the C4 since the first-generation version was introduced in 2004, with a new crossover model that serves as a replacement for both the old C4 and the C4 Cactus.
This being a Citroen, however, it’s a lot quirkier to look at than the average compact crossover. There are giant, spangly light clusters at the front -bucking the trend for ever-slimmer units - unapologetically chunky plastic cladding aero around the sides, and a sloping roofline which - unlike similar arrangements on other ‘coupe’ SUVs -actually works. We rather like it.
No specific powertrain details have been given just yet - this is merely a teaser - although Citroen has confirmed there’ll be a fully electric powertrain available (in a car dubbed ‘ ë-C4) along with the usual petrol and diesel options.
While many manufacturers devote a lot of press release space to banging on about stiffer bodyshells and low centre of gravities, Citroen instead spends a great deal of time talking about how the C4 will be soft and comfy. It’ll have ‘Progressive Hydraulic Cushions’ in the suspension, and ‘Advanced Comfort’ seats, making it - we hope - supremely wafty for a smaller car.
The French brand hasn’t revealed a whole lot else, although we do know it’ll be built on PSA’s Common Modular Platform (CMP), architecture already used by the Peugeot 2008. With that in mind, the C4’s powertrain line-up will likely look similar to its platform mate’s, with a trio of 1.2-litre petrols, two 1.5-litre diesels and a 50kWh battery in the ë-C4.
We’ll know more when the full reveal happens on 30 June. Orders are expected to begin at the tail end of 2020.