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New Citroen C4 2021 detailed: Electric, petrol and diesel options locked in for SUV-inspired Mazda 3 rival

The new C4 is a small hatch that does its best to look like an SUV.

Citroen has released more details on the third-generation C4 small car – a cross between a hatch and an SUV – including its all-electric, petrol and diesel powertrain options.

The aptly named e-C4 shares its all-electric powertrain with the mechanically related Peugeot e-208, with it combining a 100kW/260Nm electric motor with a 50kWh lithium-ion battery to deliver a 0-100km/h sprint time of 9.7 seconds and a driving range of 350km (WLTP).

The e-C4 can be recharged via a 100kW DC fast charger, with it capable of adding back 100km of driving range in 10 minutes, or surging from zero to 80 per cent battery capacity in half an hour.

Meanwhile, the ‘regular’ C4 is available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine (75kW, 97kW and 116kW tunes) alongside a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel unit (82kW and 97kW tunes).

Either way, drive is exclusively sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed torque-converter automatic unit.

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Inside, a 10.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system headlines with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while a digital instrument cluster and a flip-up head-up display also feature alongside a pull-out tray table for the front passenger.

Advanced driver-assist systems extending to autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keep and steering assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, park assist and surround-view cameras, among others.

Measuring 4360mm long (with a 2670mm wheelbase), 1800mm wide and 1525mm tall, the C4 is considerably taller than most of its rivals, partly due to its 156mm of ground clearance. Cargo capacity is on par, though, at 380L.

A Citroen Australia spokesperson previously told CarsGuide the Mazda3 rival’s local return is a “possibility”, although there are “no concrete plans yet”.