Exactly a year after the latest generation of the C4 went on sale here, Citroen has announced a raft of revisions for the petrol and diesel models, and greater range for the pure electric version.
Described as “important up-dates” by Citroen, the boldly styled family hatchback will consist of a revised model line-up for 2022, with these set to gain a new body colour and alloy wheel designs.
Turbocharged petrol and diesel engines are offered in ‘Sense’, ‘Sense Plus’, ‘Shine’ and also ‘Shine Plus’ specifications, with prices starting at just over £21,300 and rising to £28,510 before options.
The lower powered three-cylinder version of the PSA Group’s PureTech petrol (99bhp) is reserved for ‘Sense’ trim, with this upped to 128bhp on all the others. ‘Shine Plus’ customers can also choose the 153bhp unit, although this is solely available with the 8-speed automatic transmission.
As for diesel, the 108bhp four-cylinder BlueHDI motor is used throughout the C4 range, with this tuned up to 128bhp for ‘Shine Plus’ models and paired exclusively to Citroen’s EAT8 gearbox.
Unlike the majority of its C-segment rivals, the C4 is also available as an EV thanks to a 50kWh battery that is shared with other Peugeot and Vauxhall vehicles. Citroen says a “series of technical enhancements” help the e-C4 achieve its WLTP range of 217-miles “under a variety of driving conditions”.
The e-C4 has been well-received by the buying public, with one in five new C4s registered being the EV version, thus “showcasing the growing popularity of electric vehicles in the UK”, the brand said.
Given how new it is to market, there are no major cosmetic changes to the C4’s bodywork. In deciding to leave it alone, designers have instead focused their attention on the wheel profiles.
On ‘Sense’ and ‘Sense Plus’, these adopt a light grey painted finish while ‘Shine’ and ‘Shine Plus’ get 18-inch bi-tone ‘Aeroblade’ rims. Meanwhile, the previous ‘Obsidian Black’ metallic body colour makes way for ‘Perla Nera Black’.
Inside, Citroen’s ‘Smart Pad Support’ is now fitted to every C4. This tablet holder pops out from the dashboard on the passenger’s side and allows occupants to securely place an iPad or Android device in this to easily watch a film or TV programme on the move.
If this is being used in the event of an accident, Citroen say the front passenger’s airbag deploys so that it goes over the top of the holder and tablet for maximum safety.