At the Paris Salon of 2010 makes its debut the second generation of Citroen C4, increased slightly in size and is not expected in the coupe version, but only five doors. The 3-door has been rejected by the French company’s programs for both the low sales numbers of the previous generation 3-door, both to avoid the risk of “cannibalizing” the DS3 commercially.
Compared to the outgoing model, the average new house of the French line offers more sober and less eccentric. In general, the lines are less rounded, the front is dominated by large clusters by the aggressive design “cut” the top and has a sort of “step” on the underside. Clearly visible in the front grille is also the great Citroën formed by extensions of the central logo.
The engine hood is made more aggressive by two longitudinal ribs, while the bumper, which is also very aggressive, has a rather large mouth, flanked by two air intakes and two slots for the fog lights. The mouth should ideally be at one with the radiator grille.
The side view shows two longitudinal ribs, one just above the line of door handles and the other at the bottom. The tail is characterized by clusters that penetrate partially into the side and partly in the boot lid. Here too, the massive bumper gives a sense of strength to the rear view, but at the same time it raises the threshold for over-load.
The dashboard of the second C4 series is characterized by blue-lit instrumentation in different shades, combining analog and digital technology. The dashboard, with the now ever-present display is also very modern in styling, and has some ribs, especially at the top, which appeal to the external lines of the bodywork. The steering wheel doesn’t have the fixed hub like the first generation though.
The seats have a sporty design, with padded side panels but offer little lateral support. The sofa is divisible according to the now familiar pattern 60-40, but it is not tilting. The luggage compartment offers up to 408 liters for the standard, expandable up to 1,183, however, knocking down the rear seat backrest.
The second set of C4 is provided with specific tires with low rolling resistance, and also of the 200 kg of polymer used in each sample, about 30 are environmentally friendly. The structure of the Mk2 C4, or C4-II, is derived from that of the first series: even the pace was unchanged, but there are some new features in this case. To make the car more comfortable have been slightly modified the geometry of the suspension while maintaining the original patterns of the previous C4, have been revised in some points to make life more comfortable on board. In addition, new bushings were used rubber more useful purpose.
The brakes are disc and the front ones are ventilated, with ABS and ESP as standard across the range. The rack and pinion steering with electro-hydraulic actuator is copied from the previous C4. The engine range includes three petrol and four diesel engines:
1.4 VTi: 1397 cc, 95 PS;
1.6 VTi: 1598 cc, 120 PS;
1.6 THP: 1598 cc, turbo, 155 PS;
1.6 HDi: 1560 cc, 90 PS;
1.6 HDi 16v: 1560 cc, 110 PS;
1.6 e-HDi 16v: 1560 cc, 110 PS with Start&Stop;
2.0 HDi 16v: 1997 cc, 150 PS
The engine e-HDi, his debut on the C4 (and simultaneously on the C4 Picasso based on the first series) is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, as well as the 1.6 engine THP. The other engines are available with a manual 5-speed (1.4 VTi, 1.6 VTi and 1.6 HDi 92 hp) or 6-speed (1.6 HDi112 hp and 2.0 HDi). The 1.6 VTi is also available with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The C4 won the 2006 World Car Design of the Year.
The C4 WRC won the 2008 & 2009 Autosport Rally Car of the Year.
The second generation C4 (2010 onwards) was awarded a Euro NCAP Advanced Award for its eTouch Emergency & Assistance System.