Citroen C4 X debuts as a stylish fastback alternative


Because sedans are for dinosaurs, apparently.

Wait, didn’t we already see a Citroen C4 crossover literally two years ago? Well, you’re right, but the C4 X you’re seeing here, is one of those contraptions that play multiple roles. Remember the C5 X we saw last year? It is a mix of a sedan, an SUV and a station wagon. The C4 X also follows a similar formula, but is significantly smaller; it is a mix of a 4-door saloon and an SUV, unlike the regular C4—which is a coupe-SUV. I’m not entirely sure if Volvo started this trend of “neither” bodystyles with the S60 Cross Country, but I’m glad such a niche exists.

The main difference you’ll notice here compared with the regular C4 is that fastback roofline with an integrated upswept spoiler on the hatch door. The rear fascia looks a lot cleaner here as opposed to busy and complicated looks of the C4’s rear, which I think will please more buyers. And in case you didn’t notice, the C4 X is longer than the C4 by 240 mm to 4,600 mm, mostly due to that fastback styling, while the rest of the dimensions remain the same. Citroen claims a drag coefficient of 0.29 Cd.

Inside, it’s a familiar affair, obviously, you have the same dashboard with a 10-inch touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster. At the rear, the C4 X boasts 198 mm of knee room, which is claimed to be outstanding, and a more reclined (27-degree) seatback. Other key features include the brand-exclusive Advanced Comfort Seats; up to 4 USB ports; a wireless smartphone charging pad; dual-zone automatic climate control; a color head-up display, and brand-exclusive Progressive Hydraulic Cushions suspension system. Boot volume is claimed to be 510-litres.

Citroën Connect Services include My Citroën (remote monitoring app), My Citroën Assist (emergency assist), My Citroën Drive (real-time traffic, weather info, etc), and My Citroën Play which allows the occupants to enjoy their favorite smartphone apps. ADAS include Active Safety Brake; Collision Risk Alert and Post Collision Safety Brake; Highway Driver Assist; Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go; Blind Spot Monitoring System; Active Lane Departure Warning System; Coffee Break Alert; Driver Attention Alert; Intelligent Beam Headlights, and Extended Traffic Sign Recognition and Recommendation.

Depending on the market, the C4 X is gonna offer PureTech 100 Euro 6.4 with 6-speed manual; PureTech 130 Euro 6.4 with 8-speed AT; PureTech 130 Euro 6.1 with 8-speed AT, and BlueHDi 130 (diesel) Euro 6.4 with 8-speed AT options.

And of course, there’ll also be the all-electric ë-C4 X on offer, with the same 100 kW (136 metric hp) front electric motor as the ë-C4. That’s right, the ‘X’ here doesn’t represent AWD. A 50 kWh battery pack is claimed to offer a WLTP range of up to 360 km (224 mi).

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