If you're on the lookout for a compact sedan then you might want to hear more about Citroen's recently announced C4 L 2013. Built on the Peugeot 301 platform, the C4 L aims to deliver a high level of comfort, in-car technologies, safety and performance.
Citroen's compact sedan will be offered with a wide range of petrol engine variants, including the THP engine designed jointly with BMW, mated with a Twin Scroll turbocharger and a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The engine output differs from country to country and will develop between 150 and 170 horsepower, alongside 240 nm (176 lb-ft) of torque.
A different 1.8 liter VTi engine will be available exclusively in China, coupled with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox, the entire package developing 136 horsepower.
The exterior of the C4 L looks quite elegant and modern, some of its most notable traits being the convex rear window which clearly draws inspiration from the Citroen C5 and theC6, the chrome elements on the front grille, rear boot lid and doors, a muscular bonnet and the LED lamps in the front bumper. What I find interesting is that the shape of the taillights strongly resemblance those on the BMW 3-Series convertible, or maybe that's just me.
Citroen cars are well known for their comfortable ride and the French manufacturer assured that the C4 L will remain true to that concept. That being said, the C4 L benefits from a fine tuned suspension which allegedly, makes driving the compact-sedan a very comfortable experience, without compromising stability in corners.
The interior is welcoming and comes with lots of equipment including rear-view camera, a fully heated windshield, rain-sensor, Xenon dual-function automatic headlamp system, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, DVD player, USB connectivity and a Bluetooth hands-free kit. Furthermore the C4 L will be equipped with an AC system which will offer three air-flow settings and an air ionizer.
As far as availability goes the Citroen C4 L 2013 will be an international vehicle and will be produced both in China and Russia. The compact-sedan is expected to hit the Chinese market later this year, followed by a 2013 launch in Russia and the rest of Europe. Pricing details have not been revealed thus far but things will get clearer once the vehicle will get closer to its debut.