LATEST GENERATION CITROEN C4


Citroen Australia is welcoming the latest generation C4 to its model range, bringing the popular nameplate back in an impressive single specification ‘Shine’ variant.

This newest member of the Citroen family introduces the brand’s latest design language which, true to its DNA, is inspired by customer needs and their driving preferences.

New C4 aims to blend SUV characteristics with hatchback versatility and coupe styling.

It has the power to match its stylish looks too, with a lively 1.2-litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine delivering 114 kilowatts of power and 240 Newton-metres of torque giving spirited performance.

Driving the front wheels through Citroen’s latest eight-speed Efficient Automatic Transmission, it delivers both impressive performance and thrifty fuel economy figures.

Highly specified and characterful, C4 Shine has all the qualities and equipment needed to shake up the small car segment while meeting the high expectations of Citroen’s customer base.

Citroen Australia General Manager, Kate Gillis, said the company is delighted to be expanding its model range with new C4 and the decision to bring the car to market as a single, extremely well-specified model variant with a refreshingly short options list will appeal to buyers.

“New C4 Shine is the perfect addition to our model line-up with its stand-out style, strong equipment list and, of course, its Citroen Advanced Comfort features broadening its appeal,” Ms Gillis said.

“Its design is original and stunning, and coupled with its impressive versatility and unrivalled comfort, the C4 will really appeal to the discerning Australian small car buyer,” she added.

New Citroen C4 Shine is 4355mm long with a 2670mm wheelbase. It stands 1525mm tall and is 1800mm wide.

The engine features Stop & Start technology to maximise fuel economy and high-pressure direct-injection fuel delivery to maximise performance.

Official combined fuel consumption is listed at 6.1 litres/100km with 138 grams per kilometre of CO2 emissions.

The Advanced Comfort seats include a high-density layer at the heart of the seat structure covered by a 15mm-thick textured surface foam, providing a padded effect.

The front seats are electrically heated, and the driver’s seat has four-way powered adjustment with manual longitudinal adjustment as well as a massage function. The passengers’ seat has multi-way manual adjustment with electric lumbar adjustment.

Exclusive to Citroen, the seats were initially introduced on the C5 Aircross and maximise comfort by providing:

Visual comfort: visible padding and an undeniable visual signature reinforced by stitching forming graphic elements typical of other Citroen models.

Welcoming comfort: special 15mm-thick foam on the seats’ surface adds softness and support from the outset.

Dynamic comfort: new high-density foam at the core of the seats optimises comfort by avoiding any settling effect after long hours of travelling and prevents the seats from ageing prematurely.

Postural comfort: the seat design optimises comfort through wide seats and backrests, reinforced support, some electrically operated front seat adjustments and wide, comfortable side and central armrests front and rear.

The front passenger has a dashboard tray, effectively a large, sliding drawer with a cushioned opening position i to store and hold a tablet (or other object) in place in complete safety. Cleverly, the tray is covered with a special graphic anti-slip coating.

The C4 has heated front seats, dual-zone and automatic air-conditioning via the choice of physical controls on the central front panel and digital controls on the touch screen.

A colour head-up display: projects the main driving information into the driver’s direct field of vision.

The Citroen C4 comes with a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, five-year roadside assistance and five-year Service Price Promise program.

We’re booked in for a two-week test of the new C4 over the Christmas/New Year break and will give our full review, including drive impressions.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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