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Citroen has revealed that the new C4 hatchback will be priced from under £16,000 on the road when it arrives in the UK next year.
Launched at this year’s Paris Motor Show, the new C4 shares the same platform as its predecessor despite being longer, wider and taller. The new version is also lighter than the previous, and has more recyclable materials.
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The new C4 is much more conservative than its transforming forebear as far as exterior design is concerned. Citroen says the redesigned front end and rear spoiler ‘reflect the model’s aerodynamics’ and that the gloss black B-pillars and chrome detailing add to the premium look.
The C4’s exterior palette comprises ten finishes, and a range of sculpted alloy wheels – sized between 16 and 18 inches – will be offered.
Citroen has gone for a minimal approach with the newly-designed dashboard and fascia, which are finished in soft-touch materials with chrome inserts. This concept echoes throughout the cabin, which is now a much brighter, airier environment thanks to the large windscreen. This is enhanced further when the optional panoramic sunroof is specified.
The C4 will be available in VTR, VTR+ and Exclusive trim levels, with manual air conditioning, cruise control, ESP and Hill Start Assist the highlights of the former.
While VTR+ spec adds alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, Bluetooth hands free and a USB socket, range-topping Exclusive models come with 17-inch alloy wheels, digital air conditioning, part-leather upholstery, rear parking sensors and automatic windscreen wipers.
Engine-wise, the range starts with the 95bhp 1.4-litre VTi petrol engine, which emits 140g/km of CO2. This unit won’t go into production until March 2011 however, so customers will have to wait a further two months to get their C4 for £15,995.
The rest of the petrol line-up is occupied by 1.6-litre engines – the 120bhp 1.6 VTi and the 155bhp 1.6i THP. CO2 emissions in these powertrains stand at 143 and 148g/km respectively.
Customers can also choose from four diesel engines, with the 90bhp version of the 1.6 HDi kicking off proceedings. CO2 emissions only increase by 9g to 119g/km when upgrading to the 110bhp variant however, one of the reasons why this is forecasted to be the bestseller.
Coming good on its promise, Citroen will release the 110bhp 1.6 e-HDi powerplant at launch, which comes with Stop & Start technology to help boost combined fuel economy to over 67mpg and drive emissions down beneath the 110g/km mark.
A 2.0-litre HDi engine is the most expensive of the oil burners, outputting 150bhp and emitting 130g/km. This is reserved for range-topping Exclusive models only.
Order books for the new C4 open on 22 November and shipping to the UK will commence on 11 January 2011.
As the cheapest model in the range comes with the 1.4 VTi 95bhp engine, which won’t be available at launch, the 1.6HDi 90bhp in VTR trim will be the most affordable version when it initially ships to the UK at £16,995. Prices rise to £21,495 for the 2.0 HDi 150bhp in Exclusive trim.