The 2022 Citroen C4 small hatch-turned-SUV will go on sale in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2021 (October to December inclusive) – though buyers keen on electric propulsion will need to look elsewhere for the time being.
A spokesperson for Citroen's Australian distributor confirmed to CarAdvice all versions of the new C4 bound for Australia later this year will employ petrol power only – with Australian government documents pointing to the fitment of the brand's 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine.
The all-electric e-C4 (bottom of story) will remain a Europe-only proposition for the time being, with the spokesperson confirming there are "no current plans" to introduce the electric model locally, at least as part of the launch line-up – but stopped short of ruling an Australian introduction out further down the road.
Shared with the C4's Peugeot 2008 twin under the skin, listings in the Australian government's Road Vehicle Certification System (RVCS) database indicate the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine will be offered locally in two states of tune: 96kW and 114kW.
Both versions will be paired to eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmissions – rather than the six-speed auto that's paired to the 96kW tune in the 2008 – driving the front wheels only.
Meanwhile, the not-for-Australia e-C4 mates a 100kW/260Nm electric motor to a 50kWh battery for up to 350km of WLTP-certified driving range, and a 30-minute zero to 80 per cent recharge time thanks to 100kW DC capabilities.
The RVCS listing indicates at least two C4 variants will be offered in Australia – likely badged Feel and Shine, as per the larger C5 Aircross.
Entry-level models will feature 16-inch alloy wheels (and likely the less powerful of the two engine tunes), while range-topping versions appear set to gain 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, and the uprated 114kW engine tune.
Other features available on certain grades should include a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, a head-up display, wireless phone charging, Advanced Comfort heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.
A suite of active safety systems are available, including adaptive cruise control and lane-following assist, which combine for semi-autonomous driving on motorways, allowing the car to accelerate, brake and centre itself within its lane.
They're joined by autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and a 360-degree camera.
Australian pricing won't be announced until closer to launch, however using UK pricing is a guide, an entry-level 'Feel' model could be priced from around $36,000 before on-road costs, increasing to just under $40,000 before on-road costs for a flagship 'Shine' version.
Those estimates put the C4 in line with its semi-premium small SUV competition, including the Peugeot 2008 ($34,990 to $43,990 before on-road costs), Volkswagen T-Roc ($33,990 to $40,990) and Mazda MX-30 M Hybrid ($33,990 to $40,990).
Should the e-C4 make its way to Australia, UK pricing would see the electric model's local sticker price fall above $50,000.
The 2022 Citroen C4 will launch in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2021 (October to December inclusive). Local pricing and specifications will be announced in the lead-up to launch.