Citroën cites fastback, SUV and all the space of a four-door for its new electric… *car*
This is the new Citroën e-C4 X, which – at least judging by the number of segments Citroën quotes – is everything to all people.
It is a mid-sized car that offers “the elegant silhouette of a fastback with the modern look of an SUV and the timeless refinement and spaciousness of a four-door,” according to Citroën. So everything then.
While other places in the world are selling petrol and diesel versions of Citroën’s new… car, here in the UK we only get the electric. The 100 kW motor is mated to a 50 kWh battery pack, which produces 134 hp and 192 lb ft of torque.
Citroën is counting on a 0-100 km/h time of 9.5 seconds “when in Sport mode”, a top speed of 153 km/h, while the maximum range is up to 324 miles. There is, of course, regenerative braking and three driving modes: Eco, Normal and the aforementioned Sport.
Perhaps even more important than that 0-100kph is the 0-80% battery charge time – the fastest time the e-C4 X can handle is 30 minutes on a 100kW DC station. A 32 amp wallbox can fill it in 7.5 hours, or you can plug it into a regular outlet “for occasional needs.”
Being a Citroën, it’s built for comfort – a good thing, don’t forget – and it features “Progressive Hydraulic Cushion” suspension. This combines hydraulic stops with the shocks and springs instead of mechanical stops, which work in two stages depending on the load.
If you’re trying to imagine the size, it fits between the regular C4 hatchback and C5 X, and is based on the former’s CMP platform. Same wheelbase as the C4. Smooth shape too, which is pretty obvious judging by that fastback roofline, Citroën citing a drag coefficient of 0.29.
Citroën’s new ‘face’ is tailored to a body that the designers wanted to stretch for more space in the rear and a larger trunk, without making the whole thing ‘clunky’. You decide whether they succeeded. Being a 2022 car, of course, there’s plenty of connectivity, plenty of interior space with reclining rear seats, a 510-litre boot, plenty of storage and plenty of connections for things. All very practical and useful for real people.
Citroen boss Vincent Cobée said: “Many customers have told us they want an affordable, responsible and elegant alternative to the large range of hatchbacks and SUVs in the compact car segment, and this is our best interpretation of that need: a forward-looking, distinctive cross-section design that offers all the comfort, technology, safety and value you would expect from Citroën, as well as excellent saloon space and versatility, with the benefit of zero-emission, all-electric power.”