The current C4 has been around since 2010 and it didn’t change much in the meantime. The car offers a good amount of features for its price but it is starting to show its age. The C4 is not nearly as good to drive as the competition and its engines and trim levels are definitely lacking. It seems a new model is on its way and it will be released with the future 2018 Citroen C4. The car has already been leaked on the internet through a few renders and so far it looks quite promising. Its design seems similar to Citroen’s other new cars but that’s about the only official piece of information we have at this point.
2018 Citroen C4 Detail
Even though Citroen decided to keep quiet about it, the new C4 is definitely going to have a lot in common with the rendered concept. So far a few things are certain about it. For starters, the new C4 is going to be based on PSA’s new EMP2 platform which also underpins the Peugeot 308. The platform is considerably stiffer than the one of the current model and it is known to be quite a bit lighter as well. Most rumors suggest the new car will be with up to 150 kilograms lighter which are a massive amount for a car that wasn’t so heavy, to begin with. On top of that, the platform will give it a lower center of gravity as well as a wider track. These alone should be enough to allow the 2018 Citroen C4 to become much better to drive than its predecessor.
The current model boasts a torsion beam in the back, identical to the first generation of the car. While this is fine in terms of on-road comfort, it doesn’t really handle high-speed driving or even small bumps all that great. The upcoming 2018 version is expected to switch to a multi-link setup which will definitely elevate the driving experience and the comfort of its passengers. This type of setup should also free up some trunk space so the new C4 will get even better at carrying people and luggage.
From the leaked renders we can see the new 2018 Citroen C4 will share a lot of design cues with the C3 and the C4 Cactus. The car boasts the same split-headlights in the front which gives it a really unique look. However, the bumper is much more convenient than on its siblings while the smaller intakes make it seem a bit more restrained. In the back, the C4 seems to be loosely based on its predecessor with a really similar tailgate design. However, the tail lights do take cues from the Cactus and the C3 with the rectangular motif. The roofline is slightly arched towards the back and thanks to the blacked out B and C-pillars, the car seems to have that floating roof effect most manufacturers are going for at this point.
Inside the Cabin
Unfortunately, the interior of the upcoming C4 is still well under wraps. Even so, it is safe to assume the car will not be as funky as its cheaper siblings. We expect a more modern and possibly a more minimalist design than on the C3 or the C4 Cactus. The rectangular inserts are likely still going to be present but the car won’t get the unusual center infotainment screen or the really basic digital instrument cluster. Thanks to that it should be more than capable of competing with its German rivals.
2018 Citroen C4 Under the Hood
Considering the latest developments, it is safe to assume the 2018 Citroen C4 will ditch its old naturally aspirated engines. Instead, it should receive all new powertrains. A base 1.2-liter turbo-three with around 100 horsepower will be standard. A more powerful version of the same engine is definitely going to be available. A larger 1.6-liter turbo four with anything from 125 and all the way up to more than 200 horsepower is also a real possibility. In fact, this generation of the C4 might receive a high-performance VTS model offering north of 260 horsepower. This would make it the most powerful Citroen in a while and it would allow the French manufacturer to become competitive once again. All cars will use a 6 speed manual as standard while a 6 speed automatic will be an option on certain engines.