New French hatch will be lighter and more efficient
28 September 2009

Underneath this heavy disguise is the new Citroen C4, which will be lighter and more efficient than the current car.

The Focus-rivalling hatchback is due for arrival at the end of 2010. Considerable focus will be put on making it a class leader in efficiency.

See the high-res Citroen C4 spy picture gallery

Three-cylinder engines and, possibly, petrol-electric hybrid power could be introduced during its lifetime, the company’s product boss, Vincent Besson, has told Autocar.

Besson also laid out the company’s strategy for hybrid and electric vehicles, saying that petrol-electric power is not necessary or economically viable in small city cars, and only for high-end versions of the next C4.

The styling of the new C3 is expected to have cues from the chic DS3 and C3. The dimensions are similar to the current car, retaining the short bonnet and steeply raked rear hatch. There is likely to be a funky, but slightly less practical, DS4 version joining the C4.

Prices for the new C4 are expected to start around £14,000.

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19 April 2010

If the article is dated September 2009 , why are Autocar writing a post on April 19th 2010?

[quote Autocar]Considerable focus will be put on making it a class leader in efficiency.[/quote]

Clever use of words here.

19 April 2010

Hi Mellow, Its happened to me before. I googled a car , the search brought up an Autocar page, clicked on it and the car ended up on the latest threads with that days date generated onto it-as a new thread, even though the review was a few years old,no-one had commented on it. I think the same happened yesterday for the Pontiac Solstice

28 September 2009

Finally, a disguise worth calling a disguise. For once, it seems people in charge of the camouflage work were actually trying to cover rather than reveal.

28 September 2009

I agree, that's a proper disguise.

Perhaps BMW could sell tailored versions as an option for their range ;-)

28 September 2009

[quote Lee23404]Perhaps BMW could sell tailored versions as an option for their range ;-)[/quote]

Might as well prove to be the next recession busting idea.

28 September 2009

LOL

28 September 2009

[quote Lee23404]Perhaps BMW could sell tailored versions as an option for their range ;-)[/quote]

Excellent :o)

28 September 2009

Hmmm I'm not sure this is the new C3 all, I think this is a cunning ploy by AC! it's put a balaclava on either the X6 / 5 series GT or even the Honda Crossdresser or whatever it's called to make them better looking and appealing, obviously all these cars have had very poor comments about their looks and AC have done their bit to improve by putting a big black plastic bag over them,it's called an early facelift and I must say it's improved whichever one of these cars looks tenfold, I'm thinking of buying one now. Note the autocar logos all over the black cover which AC forgot to peel off before taking the photos!! lol.... Citroen make good looking cars so you wouldn't need to put a plastic bag over their cars.

29 September 2009

[quote Autocar]Underneath this heavy disguise is the new five-door Citroen C4, which will be lighter and more efficient than the current car.[/quote]

Good to hear that someone is finally doing something to stem the relentless surge that is carrying most manufacturers towards cars that will need a truck licence to operate they are so heavy

And yes the disguise is great!

1 October 2009

Something tells me they somehow copied the BMW 1 series look, although the front is the same old C.

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