Citroën has officially announced the ë-C4, the electric version of its new compact car. Design, finishes, autonomy, performance, we take stock of everything we know about it while waiting for its arrival on the roads in early 2021.
While Tesla has been banking on electrics for nearly a decade, the auto giants have waited until 2020 to get serious. Among the most anticipated models this year, the Citroën ë-C4 holds pride of place alongside the Citroën Ami. After weeks of leaks, the manufacturer has officially unveiled all the details of its new electric compact. We therefore make a full point on everything you need to know about the new Citroën ë-C4.
Design and finishes
Despite appearances, the ë-C4 is not an SUV. You might have thought so from its dimensions (4.36 x 1.80 x 1.525 m) and elevated posture, but it is not. Neither sedan nor SUV, the ë-C4 is presented as a compact vehicle. “The strength of the concept: a silhouette playing with several automotive codes, which marks a new stage in the Citroën cycle” specifies the brand in its press release. Like the thermal models, it is distinguished by its aggressive lines and particularly elegant appearance. Only the charging hatch and the “ë-C4” logo on the back distinguish this electric version from its thermal sisters.
Same observation inside the vehicle where we find exactly the same elements: 10 inch touch screen with multimedia system, GPS and telephone management (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible), wireless charging system for your smartphone, head-up display device (a must-have at Citroën) and digital instrumentation. All with a voice recognition system.
Citroën plays the personalization card and offers 31 combinations of shades and “Pack Colors” for the exterior part. Inside, the customer can choose from six different atmospheres.
With the Citroën Advanced Comfort® program, the ë-C4 can also integrate a set of more upscale equipment. Thus, the builder promises:
- a better ride comfort thanks to suspensions with progressive hydraulic stops and Advanced Comfort seats
- a better comfort of life with a retractable passenger tablet support (Smart Pad Support) as well as more ergonomic storage
- a panoramic glass sunroof (comfort of mind)
- 20 driver assistance technologies (comfort of use) among which the Park Assist and 360 ° vision, hands-free starting, Highway Driver Assist (driving assistance on the motorway) or even the extensive recognition of signs.
Finally, the Citroën ë-C4 comes with the app My Citroën allowing access to several information about the vehicle remotely. For example, you can consult its autonomy, the progress of a charge in progress or program a deferred charge.
Motorization, autonomy and recharging
To design your ë-C4, Citroën uses its e-CMP platform already used for the Peugeot e-2008 or the DS3 Crossback. The new electric compact therefore carries a 100 kW engine (136 hp) with a torque of 260 Nm allowing it to reach the 100 km / h in 9.7 seconds (sport mode) and up to 150 km / h at top speed. Drivers will be able to choose between three driving modes: Eco, Normal and Sport.
Citroën also uses the same battery structure as the other electric vehicles of the PSA group. So we find a 50 kWh battery (46 useful) positioned at the floor of the car, as at Tesla for example. It is guaranteed for 8 years or up to 160,000 km for 70% of its load capacity.
The manufacturer promises a range of 350 km in WLTP mixed cycle and recharging up to 80% in 30 minutes (on 100 kWh public terminals). In addition, there is a mode B to strengthen the effect of the engine braking and thus recover more energy during deceleration and braking.
Finally, Citroën offers access to the application Free2Move Services which includes an offer Charge My Car. It allows you to access 170,000 charging stations in Europe, locate those that are compatible and available, plan a route and pay your charging bills each month.
Price and availability
At the moment the price of the ë-C4 remains unknown. Nevertheless, it can be assumed that Citroën will position its new electric vehicle as an alternative to Peugeot’s e-2008. As well its price should be around 35,000 euros excluding ecological bonus for the base model.
We should know the final price soon as the ë-C4 will be available to order in a few weeks. Production will begin this fall at PSA factories in Madrid, with deliveries starting at the end of the year. This schedule is of course subject to change depending on the evolution of the coronavirus epidemic.