Continuing the French brand's line-up expansion the C-Elysee has been designed for families with a focus on room and space that sees the car measure 4430mm long, 1700mm wide, 1470mm tall and ride on a category-leading 2650mm long wheelbase. The C-Elysee's boot is also one of the biggest in the category at 506 litres.
The car comes with the option of three engines ranging from a 53kW/110Nm petrol engine to a 67kW/230Nm diesel with fuel consumption figures reaching as low as 4.1L/100km. It features rear parking sensors, cruise control and Bluetooth.
The larger C4 L (4620mm x 1780mm x 1500mm) targets a more top-end consumer with strong styling lines, a chrome grille and alloy wheels. The ‘Lounge’ version of the C4 is positioned toward the top of the C- segment and is the first Citroen to come out of the Shanghai style centre.
The C4 L receives technology such as hands-free access and start, 7-inch touch-screen with GPS, reversing camera and a heated windscreen. It’s powered by a 110-125kW (depending on country) turbocharged THP engine, co-developed in partnership with BMW, which delivers 240Nm from just 1400rpm. This is joined by a 100kW VTi 135 unit with both engines available tied to a six-speed sequential automatic transmission.
The two cars are due to reach Chinese, Turkish, Spanish, central European and Algerian markets this year before moving into Russia in 2013. There are no plans to bring either car to Australia shores.
Citroen says the compact saloon market is the biggest automotive market in the world, with more than 20 million vehicle registrations in 2011, representing almost one third of all worldwide sales of passenger cars.
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