The car that uses a dancing robot to illustrate just how alive it is with technology, the Citroen C4, has been given a boost of new technology and a fresh face to maintain the French car maker’s mid size car at the forefront of intelligent design.
Behind its new grille are two advanced new petrol engines developed in conjunction with BMW that lift performance and drop fuel consumption and emission levels, while subtle changes to trim, equipment and colours keep the Citroen C4 fresh.
Changes to the exterior focus on restyling the vehicle’s front end, bringing the C4 in line with the prestigious looks of the recently launched C5. Its new bonnet features a more rounded, curvier design, whilst the grille benefits from restyled integrated chevrons. The front bumper has also been revamped and the number plate repositioned for a stronger, sportier, more dynamic look.
The rear lights of the C4 Coupe are now finished in transparent crystal and a choice of three new alloy wheel styles – either 16-inch or 17-inch – as well as two new body colours – Bourrasque and Recif blue are now available. For added elegance, chrome inserts are also featured on Exclusive versions.
In the cabin, the C4 has been improved for enhanced comfort whilst, for greater clarity, the rev counter has been relocated to the innovative translucent central display unit. As with the award-winning C4 Picasso, a plush grain is now featured on the dashboard and doors for a more upmarket feel. New decors have been designed with an improved quality finish whilst the integrated scented air freshener makes the interior smell as good as it looks.
The C4 also retains much of the innovative equipment that made it a standard-setter when it was launched. Drivers benefit from convenient and reassuring technology depending on versions such as hill start assist, laminated side windows, speed limiter and cruise control.
The new C4 arrives with all of the safety equipment that made the original C4 such a reassuring car to drive, including the unique to Citroën torso shaped driver’s airbag that can be incorporated because of the fixed-centre steering wheel. The original C4 achieved some of the highest EuroNCAP ratings in the segment for frontal impact, child protection as well as a 3-star pedestrian safety rating.
Citroën’s latest generation navigation system, NaviDrive, has also been introduced as an option, which features a hi-resolution 7-inch colour screen with Australia-wide satellite navigation, as well as an audio system with built-in 30GB hard drive. The system also offers a video auxiliary socket and a USB connection.
The C4 is now available with two new petrol engines which have been co-developed with the BMW group – the 1.6 16v VTi 88 kW and the 1.6 16v THP with a choice of 103 kW and 110 kW. Both units offer the optimum blend of performance, driving pleasure and fuel economy, with significantly lower consumption and CO2 emissions. The new Citroen C4 offers a range of performance from fuel consumption as low as 3.8 l/100 km for the C4 HDi EGS on the open road to a 0-100 kmh time as fast as 8.4 seconds for the C4 Exclusive with the new 110 kW Turbo engine.
The new Citroen C4 opens with the C4 VTi manual at a recommended retail price of $26,990 and $28,990 for the automatic versions, while the same trim and equipment level with the 1.6 HDi diesel engine and the EGS six speed robotized manual is $31,990 and $30,990 with a manual gearbox. With the Exclusive trim and equipment package, the Turbo 1.6 litre 103 kW petrol engine variant is $33,990 with an automatic gearbox as standard, while the 2.0 litre HDi Turbo Diesel and six speed automatic C4 Exclusive is priced at an RRP of 36,990. The top performance version of the range is the 110 kW 1.6 litre Turbo with a manual gearbox and an RRP of $31,990.
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