The slow-selling C4 hatchback was dropped last year, and Citroen now has the C4 Cactus pseudo-crossover to compete in the compact segment.
However, in a surprising move, the French firm will reportedly bring the C4 hatch back, reports AutoExpress, after talking to the company’s CEO, Linda Jackson, who admitted that the regular C4 hatchback is still “extremely important” to them.
“I’m not saying we’re going to get rid of Cactus, but we will introduce a new C-segment car“, Jackson said. “It’ll be in the sector, but it will not be traditional. Nor will it necessarily be the C4 Cactus. As time evolves, we’ll move back into what we call our core model strategy, which will be to have a C-segment car.”
Introduced in 2010 and facelifted four years later, the second generation Citroen C4 shared its underpinnings with the first-gen Peugeot 308. The latter was replaced by an entirely new car in 2013, which won the 2014 European Car of the Year award.
PSA’s next logical step would be to use common platforms for the new Citroen C4 (name unconfirmed) and the third generation Peugeot 308, which would allow both cars to share the same engines and technologies and, thus, reduce costs.
At this point, however, there’s no word on when the new C4 might be launched and whether it’ll get a Cactus version as well.
Note: 2014 Citroen C4 shown