As part of PSA’s ‘Push To Pass’ plan, the C4 will make a comeback, but it will be much more than just another run-of-the-mill compact hatch.
A Citroen spokesperson told Carscoops that it will gain a battery-electric powertrain, which will allow it to go head to head with other EVs in the class, including the Nissan Leaf and the upcoming Volkswagen ID.3. It will be built around the French group’s CMP modular platform that forms the base for the latest Peugeot 208 and Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, instead of the 308’s EMP2 architecture.
Nonetheless, our source said it won’t shed the traditional internal combustion engines just yet. As a matter of fact, it will continued to be offered with petrol and diesel power units, which will allow it to rival to the likes of the standard versions of the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, Renault Megane, Hyundai i30 and others.
Furthermore, the spokesperson referred to the C4 replacement as “the next Citroen C-segment hatch”, which might be an indirect way of saying that it will be renamed.
“The next Citroen C-segment hatch will offer petrol, diesel and 100 percent electric powertrains, on Group PSA’s new CMP platform,” he told Carscoops.
We also asked about the possibility of the electric model gaining a differentiated design compared to the ICE-powered versions, aside from the usual enclosed grille, special badging and wheels, as well as when they will present it to the public.
“Too early to talk about marketing, but the approach is to offer one silhouette with a choice of drivetrains, not specific electric-only models (a la Nissan Leaf or Renault Zoe or BMW i3)”, added the rep. “Not ready to communicate where and when it will first be shown to the public.”
Note: Second-gen Citroen C4 pictured in the Gallery