Citroën quotes fastback, SUV and all the space of a four-door for its new… electric *car*
This is the new Citroën e-C4 X, which is – at least judging by the number of segments cited by Citroën – everything for everyone.
It’s a mid-size car, offering “the sleek silhouette of a fastback with the modern attitude of an SUV and the timeless refinement and space of a four-door”, according to Citroën. So everything, then.
While other places around the world will be allowed to buy petrol and diesel versions of the new Citroën… car, here in the UK we only get electric. The 100 kW motor is paired with a 50 kWh battery, producing 134 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque.
Citroën is counting on a 0-62mph time of 9.5 seconds “in Sport mode”, a top speed of 93mph, while the maximum range is 224 miles. There’s of course regenerative braking and three driving modes – Eco, Normal and the aforementioned Sport.
Perhaps more important than that 0-62mph time is the 0-80% battery recharge time – the fastest the e-C4 X can manage is 30 minutes on a 100kW DC station . A 32 amp wall box can fill it up in 7.5 hours, or you can plug it into a normal outlet “for occasional needs”.
Being a Citroën, it’s designed for comfort – a good thing, don’t forget – and benefits from a “progressive hydraulic cushion” suspension setup. This combines hydraulic stops with shock absorbers and springs instead of mechanical stops, which work in two stages depending on the load.
If you try to imagine the size, it sits between the regular C4 hatchback and the C5 X, and is based on the former’s CMP platform. Same wheelbase as the C4, therefore. Slippery shape too, which is pretty obvious judging by that fastback roofline, with Citroën citing a drag coefficient of 0.29.
Citroën’s new “face” is matched by a body that the designers wanted to stretch for more rear space and a larger trunk, without making the whole thing “unsightly”. You decide if they succeeded. Being a 2022 car, there’s naturally plenty of connectivity, plenty of interior space with reclined rear seats, a 510-litre boot, plenty of storage and plenty of connections for things. All very practical and useful for real humans.
Citroën boss Vincent Cobée said: “Many customers have told us they want an affordable, responsible and stylish alternative to the mass of sedan and SUV offerings in the volume compact car segment, and it’s our best interpretation of that need – a forward-looking vision. , distinctive cross-country design that offers all the comfort, technology, safety and value you expect from Citroën, but also exceptional limo roominess and versatility, with the advantage of zero-emissions and 100% electric power” .