Citroen confirms electric hatchback and space tourer for 2020
28 February 2020 - autocar
C4 Cactus replacement will be among six electrified vehicles the French brand will launch in 2020
Citroën will launch a new electric compact hatchback this year, an indirect replacement to the C4 and C4 Cactus, alongside five more electrified models.
Product boss Laurence Hansen said the zero-emissions hatch will have "assertive styling" and offer the ultimate Citroën Advanced Comfort. Alongside the electric model, petrol and diesel variants will also be offered.
The model is set to be more conventional in styling than the C4 Cactus, and while still a hatchback, be slightly higher-riding, bridging the gap between traditional hatchbacks and SUVs.
Hansen said: "We will meet customer expectation with the [hatchback]. It is a neo-silhouette - not a typical hatchback design - and has a high posture on the road."
New Citroën CEO Vincent Cobee, who recently replaced Brit Linda Jackson, said the introduction of the model held "massive" importance for Citroen's sale growth in Europe. In 2019, it grew 1% year on year, selling 830,000 vehicles. "The car will be Citroen to its core - in design, innovation and comfort - so for us, it's one of three or four bullets in the overall growth of Citroen.
Cobee continued: "Citroen has massive legitimacy in this segment - it is the one with the most populist customer base.
"We probably were a bit carried away with our innovation capabilities on the current vehicle [C4 Cactus] so we will do something which will be a more comprehensive and attractive offer in the segment." He added that he believe the hatch would be a credible alternative to SUVs.
The model will be the only compact hatchback in the PSA Group portfolio to offer an electric variant.
Alongside the electric hatchback, a fully electric Spacetourer will also arrive by the end of the year, offering up to nine seats.
The rest of the electrified range will be the quirky two-seat Ami, revealed today, the already-announced C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid (with 34 miles of electric-only range) and two electric vans. Hansen said the vans will be the "perfect solution for last-mile delivery".
She continued: "In 2020, we launch a major product offensive in terms of electrified vehicles. Silence and comfort are today's luxuries and these cars will be a great answer to that."
Cobee added: "When you are Citroën and you are already a reference in comfort - riding, seating, sound insulation - electrification is much more than a regulatory obligation. It's an opportunity to progress another level in terms of comfort in transport."
The French maker will offer an electrified version of every model by 2025.