Citroën C4 Second generation
|Assembly||Mulhouse, France (PSA Mulhouse Plant)
Wuhan, China (DPCA)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door sedan
5-door crossover (Aircross)
|Platform||PSA PF2 platform|
|Wheelbase||2,608 mm (102.7 in)|
|Length||4,329 mm (170.4 in)|
|Width||1,789 mm (70.4 in)|
|Height||1,491 mm (58.7 in)|
The second generation Citroën C4 made its debut at the 2010 Paris Salon before it was launched in September. The new model was slightly bigger than the last, and was only available with five doors. A three-door version was omitted by the French company because of the low sales of the previous generation three-door, and to avoid the risk of "cannibalizing" the DS3 sales.
Compared to the outgoing model, the average new design of the French line is less eccentric. In general, the lines are less rounded, the front is characterized by large clusters with aggressive design "cut" on the top and a "step" on the underside. Clearly visible in the front grille is the Citroën, formed by extensions of the central logo. The engine hood is made more aggressive by two longitudinal ribs, while the bumper, which is also aggressive, has a rather large mouth, flanked by two air intakes and two slots for the fog lights.
The side view shows two longitudinal ribs, one just above the line of door handles and the other at the bottom. The tail is characterized by clusters that penetrate partially into the side and partly in the boot lid. The large bumper appears massive from the rear view but. at the same time, it raises the threshold for overload. The dashboard of the second C4 series is characterized by blue-lit instrumentation in different shades, combining analog and digital technology. The dashboard, with the now ever-present display, is also modern in styling, and has some ribs, especially at the top, which complement the external lines of the bodywork. The steering wheel doesn't have the fixed hub like the first generation. The seats have a sporty design, with padded side panels, but offer little lateral support. The sofa is divisible according to the now familiar pattern 60-40, but it is not tilting. The luggage compartment offers up to 408 liters for the standard, expandable up to 1,183, by lowering the rear seat backrest.
At the end of 2012, Citroën unveiled the sedan version called "C4 L". The sedan version was designed by the new PSA Style Centre in Shangai. It was produced for the Chinese market in the Wuhan plant, and for the Russian market in the Kaluga plant. The platform is the same as the C4 hatchback, with the wheelbase increased to 2,71 m. The engine range was composed of the 1.6 VTI Prince THP from 155 to 170 HP, and the new 1.8 VTI with 135 HP only for the Chinese market. All models are equipped with stop-start system. The C4 sedan is manufactured in El Palomar, Argentina, and was planned for launch in the Latin American market in late 2013.
The Citroën C4 Aircross is a compact SUV based on the Mitsubishi ASX and the Peugeot 4008. It was featured at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. A four-wheel drive version of the Aircross is also available.
The Citroën C4 Cactus is a small family car produced by French automaker Citroën in PSA’s Villaverde factory in Madrid, Spain since spring 2014. Sales will start in France in June 2014. Although called the C4 Cactus it is based on the small PF1 platform that underpins the Citroën C3 and DS3.
The second set of C4 is provided with specific tires with low rolling resistance, and of the 200 kg of polymer used in each sample, about 30 are environmentally friendly. The structure of the Mk2 C4, and C4-II, is derived from that of the first series: even the pace was unchanged, but there are some new features in this case. To make the car more comfortable, the geometry of the suspension was slightly modified, while maintaining the original patterns of the previous C4, revised in some points to make life more comfortable on board. In addition, new bushings use improved and more useful rubber. The brakes are disc and the front ones are ventilated, with ABS and ESP standard across the range. The rack and pinion steering with electro-hydraulic actuator is copied from the previous C4. The engine range includes three petrol and four diesel engines:
- 1.4 VTi: 1397 cc, 95 PS;
- 1.6 VTi: 1598 cc, 120 PS;
- 1.6 THP: 1598 cc, turbo, 155 PS;
- 1.6 HDi: 1560 cc, 90 PS;
- 1.6 HDi 16v: 1560 cc, 110 PS;
- 1.6 e-HDi 16v: 1560 cc, 110 PS with Start&Stop;
- 2.0 HDi 16v: 1997 cc, 150 PS
The e-HDi engine, which debuted on the C4 (and simultaneously on the C4 Picasso based on the first series), is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, as well as the 1.6 engine THP. The other engines are available with a manual 5-speed (1.4 VTi, 1.6 VTi and 1.6 HDi 92 hp) or 6-speed (1.6 HDi112 hp and 2.0 HDi). The 1.6 VTi is also available with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
C4 in rallying
A much-anticipated C4 World Rally Car, intended to replace the multiple World Rally Championship-winning Citroën Xsara WRC, was first sighted in 2004 with testing duties assigned to double world rally champion Carlos Sainz. Having once been earmarked for a late 2005 competitive debut, the decision by the controlling PSA Group to withdraw both Citroën and stablemates Peugeot from works participation at the end of the 2005 season led to the momentary abandonment of the project.
Since then, however, the marque etched in a comeback for the 2007 season, during which a revived C4 WRC was scheduled for its official debut, with the then-thrice world champion Sébastien Loeb as the official first driver, and Dani Sordo, the 2005 Junior World Rally Champion, later confirmed alongside him after an impressive 2006 season for the Spaniard. In their official debut at the 2007 Monte Carlo Rally, the two C4 WRCs finished 1-2, with Loeb winning ahead of Sordo. Loeb has subsequently secured the 2007, 2008, and 2009 drivers' titles, with Citroën claiming the 2008 and 2009 manufacturers' championships.
In the 2009 season, Citroën's satellite team, Citroën Junior Team, ran a C4 WRC for Evgeny Novikov, Conrad Rautenbach, and the 2008 junior world champion Sébastien Ogier. For the 2010 season, the team will be running a C4 WRC for Ogier and the 2007 Formula One world champion Kimi Räikkönen. The 2003 world rally champion Petter Solberg competes in a C4 WRC for his private team.
Citroën also unveiled a hybrid concept WRC car at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. The Citroën C4 WRC Hymotion4 uses a KERS system similar to that in the Peugeot 908 HY.
The second generation C4 (from 2010 onwards) was awarded a Euro NCAP Advanced Award for its eTouch Emergency & Assistance System.