The premium crossover may well create a strong demand for similar cars, and with the EV it may make massive inroads due to the lack of many competitors.
India is currently experiencing a boom in the Motor industry with various Global automakers foraying into the subcontinent for the first time, and most of them have tasted immense success like the Jeep and Kia. Now Citroen, the French carmaker might be eying the spot in India, and it may offer its C4 compact car for the country alongside the Aircross SUV. The C4 sits in the small car segment but embodies the premium design concept and features of the Crossover SUV- similar to the BMW X4 or the Mercedes-Benz GLC, which feature the Coupe slope at the rear.
The C4 is a family hatchback but features progrresive design unlike any currently sold in India. The signature V-design headlights are split into a light bar at the top and the main headlamp housing below it, conjoined by the Citroen grille in the middle which stretches the whole width of the car. The front bumper is chunky and made with plastic, which according to them will be useful in small impact protection. The car’s aerodynamics are the result of the sloping roof which continues till the end. It has a ground clearance of 156mm and a compact footprint due to the short overhangs. The car comes with options for 16-18in wheels. The e-C4 also comes with dedicated exterior colors, and interior software which help keep track of the vehicle telemetries.
Based on Group PSA’s CMP platform which is modular and can accept conventional as well as electric powertrains the C4 has the option for both. On the conventional side there are four engines in the 1.2L petrol, with outputs ranging from 75hp, 100hp, 130hp and 155hp while the 1.5L diesel gives 110hp or 130hp depending upon the unit. An optional 8-Speed automatic is offered on all the engine options. The e-C4 uses a 50kWh battery which gives it an excellent range of 217 miles. The battery can be charged at 100kW rapid charging ports which give 80% charge in half an hour, while being compatible with all kinds of home charging ports.
On the inside the car features advanced comfort seats with 15mm thick welcome foam which makes the passenger secure and comfortable for long journeys. The unique design of the car lets it keep a small size on the outside while maximising on space inside. A 10in touch infotainment screen is in the middle which also serves as the control for AC and the navigation, comes with voice activation. Apple Carplay and Android Auto are available on the system, along with wireless smartphone charging. The car rides on Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension which provides optimum comfort, on small bumps or big which gives the car a ‘Carpet ride’ effect while on the move.
Safety wise the Citroen is loaded too, Highway driver assist, which is a low-level autonomous driving solution is available. With only hands on steering required the system in tandem with the Adaptive cruise control and Lane departure assist keeps the driver relaxed and drives the car on highway effortlessly. The C4 starts at 22,000 Pounds (INR 21 lakh) while the electric version starts at 34,500 Pounds (INR 33 lakh). If it comes to India it will be a great option for people to consider alongside premium small sedans or SUVs. For the e-C4 the market might be a bit more conducive if priced correctly, it can compete with the Hyundai Kona and the MG ZS.
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