Stefan Grundhoff and Martin A. Bartholdi
Citroën makes life easier. For the new E-C4 X, the French offer only one drive – as the E in the name suggests, an electric one. Otherwise, the name says almost everything. The E-C4-X looks are almost the same as the compact C4, and the X gives away that it’s a crossover.
The French are selling their latest work with a lot of SUV style as a mixture of hatchback limo and SUV. Citroën boss Vincent Cobée (52) says: “Many customers want an affordable, responsible and elegant alternative to the many hatchback and SUV offers. This is our best interpretation of that need.” Bottom line, like its Peugeot 408 sister model, the E-C4 X is another SUV coupe. The two French Stellantis brands are thus reacting to the success of the Renault Arkana.
A little longer and more conventional
The E-C4 X is a spitting image of its smaller brother, the C4. At 4.60 meters long, however, it is 24 centimeters longer. At the rear, the E-C4 X is less playful. The height of 1.53 meters and the width of 2.03 meters are identical to the C4. Accordingly, the SUV of the E-C4 X, like its shorter brother, only shows through the plastic planking.
The E-C4 X in figures
There will be no all-wheel drive. The 136 hp (100 kW) electric motor from the group shelf only drives the front wheels with 260 Nm. That’s not very rich. Even just 1225 kilos curb weight doesn’t change that much. Correspondingly leisurely, it takes 9.7 seconds to 100 km/h – in sport mode, as Citroën notes. The top speed is limited to 150 km/h.
The E-C4 X draws its power from a battery with a capacity of 50 kWh. According to the WLTP, this is enough for 320 kilometers before the Citroën has to be plugged in. It draws 100 kW of electricity from the fast charger and is 80 percent charged in thirty minutes. The 11 kW wall box takes five hours to fully charge.
The inner workings
Inside, the cockpit pleases with its simplicity and clarity. Digi instruments show speed and Co. There is a head-up display, but it’s only projected onto a plastic disk. A high-mounted, ten-inch touchscreen provides infotainment. Great: The air conditioning can still be operated using real buttons and rotary switches, i.e. intuitively.
The interior should offer space for up to five people. The sloping roof line has yet to show how spacious the rear will be. The trunk has a loading volume of 510 liters with the rear seats up. There is a further 40 liters of storage space in 16 shelves. While the occupants sit in familiar, comfortable seats, various assistance systems provide support while driving.
The new Citroën E-C4 X is scheduled to start with us at the beginning of next year. The prices are not known at this time. However, since it is located between the C4 and the new C5 X, it should cost from around 35,000 francs.