Citroën is set to follow-up its flagship C5 X with the launch of a fully electric e-C4 X fastback family car for its UK customers.
Set to open for orders in early 2023, the new model will be offered with petrol and diesel engines in other markets, but will be sold exclusively with a 100kW powertrain offering a potential zero-emissions range of up to 223 miles in the Stellantis brand’s UK franchised dealerships.
Citroën revealed that the e-C4 X, which is claims offers a coupe-aping alternative to an SUV, will deliver 138PS and 260Nm of torque, making it capable of 9.5-second acceleration to 62mph and a top speed of 93mph.
Vincent Cobée, Citroën Global chief executive, said: “Many customers have told us they want an affordable, responsible and elegant alternative to the mass of hatchback and SUV offerings in the volume compact car segment, and this is our best interpretation of that need – a forward-looking, distinctive cross design that delivers all the comfort, technology, safety and value you expect from Citroën, but also outstanding roominess and limousine versatility, with the benefit of zero-emission, all-electric power.”
Citroen's new model unveiling follows sister brand Peugeot's unveiling of its forthcoming 408 model, which is set to exit a saloon segment in decline with a new fastback style.
With an overall length of 4,600mm, the e-C4 X slots into the Citroën line-up between the C4 hatchback at 4,360mm long, and New C5 X at 4,800mm. Its wheelbase at 2.67m, is the same as a C4 hatchback, both use the same ‘Common Modular Platform’ (CMP).
Along with the 510-litre boot, additional space below the floor is provided for carrying extra items, and for housing the charging cables.
The rear seat backrests also fold forwards for additional carrying capacity, and a ‘ski hatch’ in the fold-down armrest allows for loading of particularly long objects so they can extend into the cabin.
The e-C4 X’s EV drivetrain offers three driving modes – Eco, Normal or Sport – activated by a mode selector on the centre console.
From a 7.4kW Wallbox, charging takes seven and a half hours with a single-phase supply or five hours with a three-phase electricity supply and the optional 11kW onboard charger.
From a 100kW rapid public charger, the battery can charge from 0% to 80% in 30 minutes.
Vehicle charging and pre-conditioning can be pre-programmed using the car’s MyCitroën Drive Plus touchscreen interface or via the MyCitroën app.
The e-C4 X features Citroën’s new-generation infotainment interface – first seen on the C5 X.
MyCitroën Drive Plus offers a new interface using a 10-inch HD screen that can be fully personalised by customers.
The system features Over-The-Air Map Updates via TomTom, which ensures navigation maps are automatically updated monthly to provide the latest information to drivers. This service is provided free of charge for three years.
The e-C4 X also comes equipped with up to four USB sockets for phone or tablet recharging – two in the lower centre console and two in the rear of the centre console for easy access by rear-seat passengers. In each case, one USB type A and one USB type C socket is fitted.
Up to 20 Citroën advanced driver assistance systems are available on the Citroën e-C4 X, including: Active Safety Brake; Collision Risk Alert and Post Collision Safety Brake; Highway Driver Assist: Level 2 semi-autonomous driving aid, which combines adaptive cruise control with stop and go and active lane positioning; and adaptive cruise control with stop and go.
Additionally available technologies include blind spot monitoring; active lane departure warning; coffee break alert; driver attention alert; intelligent beam headlights; and extended traffic sign recognition and recommendation.
There is also a colour head-up display and reversing camera, keyless entry, static cornering lights and lateral parking sensors.