Citroën gives its ë-C4 vehicles more power
Citroën has integrated a new drive system and a larger battery into its ë-C4 and ë-C4 X electric models. Previously, the models were only equipped with 100 kW of power and a 50-kWh battery, which were now upgraded to 115 kW of power and a 54-kWh battery.
Initially, the new drive will only be available for the Shine variant. According to the manufacturer, the range increases by 17 per cent – from 360 to 420 kilometres according to WLTP. Improvements in efficiency are to reduce the average energy consumption to 12 kWh/100 km at the same time. There will be no change in charging times. Even in models with the larger battery, the battery should be able to be charged from 20 to 80 per cent in 30 minutes with 100 kW.
Stellantis stresses in its press release that it is the only “mainstream brand” to offer two electric vehicles in the C-segment. “These two electric powertrains are at the core of Citroën’s electrification strategy, which aims to make the transition to electric vehicles easier and stress-free. They share the same philosophy of a reasoned choice of battery size and a 100 kW rapid charging capacity, supporting a competitive price positioning while offering great versatility of use,” the company wrote.
However, Stellantis does not provide details on pricing. The old Citroën ë-C4 X presented last year can be ordered in the UK at an entry-level trim starting from £28,495 after the Plug-in Car Grant.
Even though the 115 kW electric drive is new for the ë-C4 series, it is now a familiar combination in the Stellantis Group and is also fitted in the Peugeot e-208 and DS 3 E-Tense. The Jeep Avenger and, in future, the all-electric Peugeot 308 and 308 SW will also be equipped with this electric drive-and-battery combination.
The new 115 kW motor is an in-house development by Stellantis and the Japanese drive company Nidec and is manufactured by a joint venture of the two companies in Trémery, formerly the largest diesel engine plant. This drive unit replaces the 100 kW engine previously used, which was still sourced from German supplier Vitesco Technologies. The additional energy content of the new batteries was made possible with the same installation space thanks to a new generation of cells.