Another French brand is getting ready to reveal a genre-busting crossover model.
The Citroen C4 X has been teased on the French brand’s social media accounts, with a reveal set for June 29.
The short teaser video reveals the new car – teased in electric e-C4 X guise – has an almost identical front end to the already unconventional C4 hatchback-crossover.
Down back, however, there’s a decidedly sedan-like notchback tail with a passing resemblance to the old C5 sedan, if without the concave rear window.
The regular C4 uses the EMP1 platform underpinning, among other vehicles, the Peugeot 2008.
While it’s offered here exclusively with a 114kW/240Nm turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine with an eight-speed automatic, there’s a wider range of combustion engines on offer in Europe.
The 1.2-litre turbo-petrol is available in other states of tune, while there’s also a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder.
The e-C4, which remains under evaluation for Australia, nixes a combustion engine for a 50kWh lithium-ion battery and a front-mounted electric motor with 100kW of power and 260Nm of torque.
It has an electric range of 350km under the stricter WLTP cycle and does the 0-100km/h sprint in 9.7 seconds in Sport mode.
Using a 100kW fast charger, the e-C4 can be charged from zero to 80 per cent in 30 minutes. With the optional 11kW home charger, it takes five hours on three-phase power.
The tease of the C4 X comes after fellow Stellantis brand Peugeot revealed the 408, a high-riding liftback based on the EMP2 platform, that’s been confirmed for Australia.
The 408 measures around 300mm longer than the regular C4 and around 120mm longer than the Arkana, a coupe SUV from rival French brand Renault.
Citroen is no stranger to unconventional cars and, though the quirky Cactus made way for more conventional SUVs, the brand has been moving away from the more conventional hatchback and sedan designs it offered from the 1990s to the 2010s.
The current C4, for example, is a high-riding liftback that replaces a more conventional hatchback. The new C5 X, due here later this year, also blurs the lines between wagon, hatch and SUV, and replaces a more traditional sedan and wagon duo.
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