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2011 Citroën C4 – Click above for high-res image gallery

You'd think a term like "all new" would be fairly absolute. But not when it comes to new cars. Take the new Citroën C4, for example. The French automaker calls it "all new". But it's still based on the platform of the outgoing model. That said, the sheetmetal is fresh, the dimensions have grown some and the hatch is packed with all manner of gizmos, solidifying the chevron brand's place as a technological powerhouse.

What sort of tech are we talking about? How about adaptive headlights, lane departure and blind-spot warning systems, user-changeable backlighting in the cabin (along with ringtone-style chimes and alerts) and a new system called eTouch which monitors driving patterns and offers suggestions on how to improve fuel economy. Engine options will likely remain the same, with the addition of the new e-HDi hybrid diesel/electric drivetrain, and we'll be looking for the new C4 to debut in Paris this Fall before sales begin overseas early next year.

The three-door model isn't expected to continue into the new generation, leaving the five-door to go it alone against the likes of the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. The DS4 is expected to be based on this model, but as a crossover it'll be further differentiated than the narrow gap between the smaller C3 and DS3 hatchbacks. Details in the press release after the jump, with initial images in the gallery below.

[Source: Citroën]
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Citroën has released first details of the brand new C4. Designed to exceed the highest expectations, the New Citroën C4 boasts a real positive energy - with exceptional levels of quality, style, interior space and occupant comfort, as well as responsive handling and impressive environmental credentials.

As with the New C5 in 2008 and New C3 earlier this year, the New Citroën C4 once again demonstrates the expertise of the brand in creating stylish and innovative vehicles with relevant technological advances.

With its sculpted lines and high quality finish, New C4 cuts a distinctive profile, striking an impression of strength, stability and balanced proportions. Defined and flowing surfaces, such as the purposeful front end and rear spoiler, hint at the model's optimised aerodynamics. The tasteful addition of chrome detailing combines with the dynamic headlight styling and sculpted alloy wheels to give the new model a premium presence.

Promising precise control and accomplished handling, New C4's driver focused cabin environment combines with impressive acoustic comfort and soundproofing to deliver a true impression of on-road confidence.

New C4 features compact exterior dimensions and generous internal volumes that make it spacious and thoroughly versatile. At just 4.33m long, 1.79m wide and 1.49m high, New C4 is just 5cm longer, 2cm wider and 3cm taller than the current model. The 408-litre boot is the biggest in its class, with practical square dimensions and a lower sill that makes loading even easier.

In addition to optimised accessibility and practicality, the New C4 offers a genuine feeling of well-being on-board
- with spacious, comfortable seating and impressive occupant headroom. Personal comfort in the New C4 can be tailored to suit individual requirements with users able to adjust the colour of the driver's instrument display, select their own 'polyphonic' sound alerts, finely adjust the intensity of the air-conditioning and even immerse themselves in the rich surround-sound of the new audio system. Some models even come with a new massage function on the front seats.

Alongside existing range technologies, such as EGS (Electronic Gearbox System), hill start assist, automatic electric parking brake, Lane Departure Warning System and Xenon dual-function directional headlamps, New C4 will be available with convenient and useful new technologies - some of which are unique to the segment. These include a new blind-spot monitoring system, a cornering light function, cruise control and speed-limiter with road speed memory settings, and an innovative new service called eTouch.

As well as offering on-board emergency assistance, Citroën's eTouch system enables drivers to monitor their driving patterns and fuel consumption, and receive advice on how to improve their fuel economy. The system also allows drivers to consult their vehicle's technical status and monitor any necessary maintenance or servicing requirements.

Designed to be an environmentally respectful family car, New C4 uses the latest Citroën technology to reduce its environmental impact. New C4 will be available with Citroën's new micro-hybrid e-HDi powertrains, which feature the latest generation Stop & Start system that helps deliver CO2 emissions as low as 109g/km at launch - and 99g/km on future models. Michelin Energy™ Saver tyres are also specified to help achieve these low emissions and to boost fuel economy. The control of the car's overall weight - in spite of the increased dimensions and added equipment - has been achieved using new technologies, such as laser welding, in the model's construction. The use of 15% 'green' materials - for example, re-cycled polyamide components - also enhances New C4's environmental credentials.

The New C4 will be produced at the Mulhouse PSA Peugeot Citroën plant in France and will premiere at the Paris Motor Show in September.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see the WRC Version
      • 5 Years Ago
      OKAY. Citroën, you OFFICIALLY need to head stateside.
      Mitsubishi should just sell you their dealer network and factories.
      Or at least share them with you. Peugeot can come too if they like
      (though they're getting kind of weird lately).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually Peugeot has been weird for about 10 years with that goofy smiling grill that's even worse than Mazda's. It's only on their most recent concepts and production cars that they are finally starting to lose the weirdness.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda should take a page from Citroen on how to design a grille.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yup, looks even nicer than the a3, a real looker!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ya know, on the topic of "all-new," just how new is the latest generation of Corolla opposed to its predecessor? The Focus always takes a hit, and yet you'd think the (iirc) exact dimensions the two Corollas share would raise some eyebrows.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford takes the hit because they do glorified face lifts while Toyota changes all sheetmetal and tweaks major drivetrain components in the more traditional overhaul. Also, in Toyota's case they are working from a successful platform, so there's little reason to alter the basic formula. Ford on the other hand (at times) does not have something stellar to start from, and instead of building upon something that's great they go to strides to maintain the same form for a decade and then radically change everything about the model, often even the name.
        • 5 Years Ago

        It'd have to take four steps back to have the numb steering and wallowy suspension of the Corolla.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Identical wheelbase verified. That's gotta be an indicator...I wonder if Toyota just doesn't show its hand like Ford did/does.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Personally this design puts me to sleep. There's nothing to suggest Citroen heritage like the last C4 had, no design risk-taking. This could have come from any Japanese manufacturer. It's not bad looking in an inoffensive sort of way, but if Citroen doesn't have interesting design, what exactly does Citroen have?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Headline should read: "Citroen Shocks World, Shows First Attractive Hatchback in Decades"

      I know, there are surely some I'm forgetting, just can't get the image of the C3 out of my mind.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The French can design a sweet hatch. Too bad they don't come state-side.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I think this thing is just beautiful. What a shame we can't get it here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny, I was going to complain about Citroen watering this car down. The previous generation was distinctive and quirky in classic Citroen fashion, and sold very well here in Oz. This is barely distinguishable from a Peugeot or Renault. Citroen seems to be going this way across its whole lineup, which is a shame--they're not going to beat the mainstream leaders on quality and driving dynamics, that's for sure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That C4 is da bomb!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see what you did there!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty sweet lookin C4! I really like it!
      But why it looks like the Opel Astra 2010 at the back? http://p.webwombat.com.au/motoring/car-images/opel-astra-2010-look-2-big.jpg
      Those genius Citroen designers got little lazy I guess :) Still pretty good job though!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great looking car! Not a fan of the garish wheels though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want this car!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Almost perfect, I just wish they'd continued that awesome windshield from the C3 across the line
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