Citroën has unveiled a crossover offshoot of its compact ë-C4 model, the new ë-C4 X. In Germany and most European markets, only the new all-electric ë-C4 X will be offered, while in other markets the C4 X will also be available as a combustion engine.
The market launch of the ë-C4 X in Germany is planned for early 2023. For the powertrain, Citroën is relying on the combination of a 100 kW electric motor and a 50 kWh battery familiar from many other electric models from the Stellantis Group, which should allow a WLTP range of up to 360 kilometres in the ë-C4 X - three kilometres more than its name and technology brother. The charging system (11 kW AC and up to 100 kW DC) also correspond to the familiar model.
While for some observers and customers the ë-C4 is already a kind of crossover - it is not a "real" SUV, but also no longer a classic compact car. With the ë-C4 X, which is now also called a crossover by the manufacturer, the French still bring the sedan into the concept: At 4.60 meters, the ë-C4 X towers over the familiar ë-C4 (here our driving review) by a whole 24 centimeters. The wheelbase, however, is the same at 2.67 meters.
The additional length can be seen in the ë-C4 X, it looks much more elongated, especially in the side view. At the front, the relationship to the ë-C4 is clearly visible, at the rear, the designers were able to go new ways: Since the roof arch of the ë-C4 X can be longer and flatter, the attached rear spoiler was omitted. This had divided the rear window of the ë-C4 in two, the designers had placed a black bar between the rear window and the license plate. Since the spoiler and bar are omitted, the rear of the ë-C4 X with the larger paint surfaces looks much calmer.
One conceptual difference: in the ë-C4, the rear window is part of the tailgate in the style of a hatchback, resulting in a very large boot opening. In the ë-C4 X, there is a much smaller opening like in a notchback saloon, but with 510 litres, the load compartment is significantly larger than in the ë-C4 (380 litres).
With the crossover model, the Stellantis Group, and the Citroën brand in particular, is continuing the trend of also focusing on unusual and independent body styles. The ë-C4 X will slot in between the smaller ë-C4 and the C5 X (4.80 meters), which is available as a PHEV, among other things. Sister brand Peugeot also unveiled a sedan SUV crossover this week with the 408.