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New Citroen C4 2021 detailed: Mazda 3 rival returns with an unexpected SUV twist

The C4 is back, except this time it’s less hatch, more SUV.

Citroen has revealed the third-generation C4 small car, but unlike its predecessors, it is an unusually honest cross between a traditional hatch and a stylish SUV.

A lot of ‘small SUVs’ are fairly accused of just being high-riding hatches with some black plastic cladding on them, but the C4 is not ashamed of its crossover nature. In fact, it embraces it.

According to Citroen, the C4 represents “a new design concept at the heart of its segment, with a unique and bold identity”.

“With its elevated and assertive stance, the body shape combines the elegance and dynamism of a hatchback while subtly adopting certain SUV traits for added strength and character,” it added.

“Aerodynamic and flowing, it echoes Citroen’s trademarks while bringing a new expression of style to the range. Its warm and high-tech interior instantly expresses well-being, comfort and modernity.”

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Crucially, the C4 will be available with petrol, diesel and all-electric powertrains, ensuring that it covers all corners of the segment.

Like the C5 Aircross mid-size SUV, the C4’s suspension will come armed with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions for superior ride quality, while it will also feature Advanced Comfort seats for a more pleasant journey.

Citroen says it will release more details on the C4 on Tuesday, June 30, so stay tuned. Global sales are set to begin in the second half of this year.

An Australian spokesperson told CarsGuide an Australian return for the C4 is a “possibility”, although there are “no concrete plans yet”.