Citroën looks to be on shakey ground, with a range that has dwindled to just three models in recent months — the C3, the C5 and the C5 Aircross.
But things must be looking up, under the distributorship of Inchcape Australia, with news the C4 is set to make a return to the Australian lineup in November.
Latest figures reveal the brand has sold just 88 cars here year to date, less than Ferrari and Lamborghini whose exotic debutantes cost 10 times as much.
The excellent C5 Aircross which we drove to Broken Hill and back last year has managed to find just 28 homes here.
Maybe the C4 will find more success . . . this time?
Apart from the C4 Cactus SUV and C4 Picasso people mover, the C4 hatch was last offered here in 2015.
Citroën continues to experiment, looking for the right mix for this market, with a long list of models that have come and gone over the years, including the sporty, but short-lived DS standalone range — launched here in 2016.
Inchcape says C4 ushers a new design language for Citroën that, true to its DNA, is inspired by customers and their way of driving.
The hatchback-based design combines the versatility of a car with the posture and attitude of an SUV.
It’s designed to meet the expectations of the Citroën customer, while offering a modern concept full of character, with all the qualities needed to shake up the standards of its segment.
Citroën Australia’s Kate Gillis said the company is delighted to be expanding the Citroën range in Australia and the C4 is the perfect addition.
“The versatility, unrivalled comfort and original design of the Citroën C4 will no doubt appeal to the discerning Australian consumer,” she said.
The new C4 will be offered as one fully equipped model.
Power comes from 1.2L PureTech Petrol engine that produces 114kW of power and 240Nm of torque, paired with an 8-speed Efficient Automatic Transmission.
A new expression of the Citroën’s Advanced Comfort philosophy offers modern all-round comfort for all, with a focus on every aspect of onboard well being.
Citroën suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions provides supreme comfort and a “magic carpet ride” effect.
Front and rear seats include high-density material and 15mm thick foam as part of the Advanced Comfort program, providing ultimate comfort for all occupants.
Safety includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Active Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function. Driver Attention Alert, Proximity Keyless Entry with Push Button Start, Colour Heads-Up Display, Reversing Camera with Top Rear Vision, and 360-degree Vision.
Full specification, including pricing, will be available at launch.