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After the Citroën “Aircross” designating the well-defined SUVs in the range, the tricolor brand introduced the suffix “X” on the occasion of the renewal of its C5 family sedan. It then became a kind of raised five-door shooting station wagon, a mix of genres that this letter can evoke if it is perceived as a cross, an intersection. The C5 X also followed the spirit of the last C4, released in 2020, also using SUV codes with its shields and wheel arches visually reinforced with plastic protection, as well as increased ground clearance. , 15.6 cm on the compact. Both are placed in the same line of Citroën products in terms of style, with the Chevrons which extend over the grille by two chrome strips to the daytime running lights for the top one, and to the main optics for the bottom one, inclined symmetrically at the ends. Both models adopt a sloping rear window all the way to the end of the body, dropping vertically in both cases. Why does the “X” therefore not complete the name of this C4? In order to complete it two years later for the release of its new variant.

The C4 X arrives in parallel and this famous “X” does not add an extra dose of SUV since the treatment is identical in bodywork, ground clearance and style from the bow to the rear doors, to that of the “simple” C4 “. This symbol is once again synonymous with a crossroads. The one that brings it closer to three-volume models. A trunk therefore appears, extending the profile by 24 cm to reach 4.60 meters in length. It is therefore positioned just between the C4 (4.36 m) and the C5 X (4.80 m). This has two main objectives.

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In our market, three-boxes have been on the decline for some time, but this is not the case everywhere. In emerging countries, in vast South American or Asian countries such as China, they are particularly appreciated. The Citroën C4 X will be distributed in 80 countries around the world and must please everyone. Compared to other vehicles of this type, the French has the advantage of its high body height and its voluntary crossover aspect. With its suspensions with progressive hydraulic stops, maximizing comfort, degraded roads could well highlight this cushioning.

That doesn’t mean she wants to ignore European sensitivities. The brand has, with this in mind, wanted at all costs to avoid the patch effect that can create trunk versions, such as the C-Elysée compared to the old C4 which served as its base.

The pavilion therefore follows another trend, that of “four-door coupés”, very inclined to the trunk. The rendering has nothing to do with the C4 and its rear window cut in two by the spoiler. Everything is more conventional, more fluid, very rounded. It gives a real design alternative to customers who are not convinced by the compact hatchback. The lights become less divisive while preserving expressiveness, widening outwards and leaving room for a very smooth surface in between.

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By not responding to everyone’s tastes, the three-box versions have in any case a practical argument, with a surplus of loading capacity without touching the technical base and without increasing the prices too much. Working on the design of the rear part is therefore an important point so as not to oppose style and practicality. Of interest to individuals but also to professionals in the transport of people. Its 24 cm longer add 130 liters of cargo, for a total of 510 litres. It is only 35 liters less than the trunk volume of the C5 X. We can only regret that a tailgate was not chosen, leaving only a limited opening to access luggage. For these professionals, the legroom of the rear passengers is welcoming, it remains unchanged compared to the C4. But the C4 X accommodates them more comfortably with a 27° backrest inclination, two more than before. We are better settled there, which their customers will surely appreciate. Especially since the “Advanced Comfort” seats with two foam densities provide real softness and a new Alcantara upholstery covering distinguishes it from the compact version depending on the finish chosen. The interior comes out better finished and more upscale. The dashboard does not evolve, except at the level of the multimedia system, now using that of the C5 X, much more fluid, modern and powerful, here on a 10-inch screen. The graphics of the digital instrumentation – still as small – are reviewed in passing.

And to finish widening its target, the engine offer in France includes two petrol engines, one with a manual gearbox (100 hp) and the other with an eight-speed automatic gearbox (EAT8 130 hp), a diesel ( EAT8 130 hp) and the 100% electric version ë-C4 X (136 hp – 50 kWh). The latter will be the only one available in certain markets more suited to battery-powered cars. The prices, higher than those of the C4, have not yet been revealed, while the sale will begin at the end of 2022.

to summarize

Citroën has just formalized the raised version of the C4 under the name of C4 X. After the article presenting the purely thermal and electric versions, the Autonews editorial staff offers you its first impressions since one of our journalists climbed to edge.

Quentin Cazergues

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