Today, not only Hyundai is launching an electric sedan, but also Citroën. As if they agreed… This is the Citroën C4 X, which – just like the Polestar 2 – has been given some crossover features from its designers.
You can no longer arrive as a car brand with just a sedan, because the buyer public has gone completely suv and crossover crazy. So as a designer you draw a sedan, stick some ‘rough’-looking plastic around the wheel arches and along the sill, and raise the chassis a little bit. Voila! A crossover, ready for the adventurous off-road commercial that will undoubtedly come.
Citroën C4 X has little to do with the Peugeot 408
It is not surprising that Citroën is trying, because compact sedans never sell so well with us. So as a brand you just throw a different sauce over it. When we saw the Citroën C4 X, we immediately thought: aha, this is the Peugeot 408 from Citroën. But that is not true. The 408 is on the more modern EMP2 platform of the 308 and 3008. Citroën uses the older CMP base for the C4 X.
Citroën C4 and C4 X are almost the same until the c-pillar
Incidentally, Citroën did not change the entire design of the C4 to create the C4 X. Both models have the same wheelbase, only the C4 X is slightly longer due to its larger rear overhang. In fact, up to about the C-pillar they are almost equal to each other. The big advantage of the C4 X is that it offers more luggage space than the C4: 510 liters compared to 380 liters.
Only the electric version of the C4 X comes to the Netherlands
In the Netherlands we will only get the electric version of the C4 X. Citroën also offers petrol and diesel versions in other markets. The drivetrain with one electric motor is known from other Stellantis products. It produces 136 hp and after about 360 kilometers it runs out of power from its 50 kWh battery. We still have to wait a surprisingly long time for the C4-X here. The new Citroën will not be available on the market until the spring of 2023.