Citroen introduces two new models: C-Elysee and the C4 L

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 22, 2012

Proving just how serious Citroën is about being a global brand, it is launching two new models – the Citroën C-Elysée and the Citroën C4 L. By the end of this year, these models will arrive in the Mediterranean and Chinese markets. By 2013, the Russian markets will get them too. Citroën’s DS brand will be officially launched in China on June 28.

The sale date of Citroën's DS3,DS4 and DS5 models will be shortly after. PSA’s plant in Vigo, Spain, will build the Citroën C-Elysée, which would then be shipped to Turkey, Spain, central Europe and Algeria. PSA’s new VTi 72 petrol engine will power the three-box C-segment saloon. Citroën said that this engine was especially made to suit the driving conditions and quality of the fuel in emerging markets. The new engine delivers 72bhp and 81lb ft of torque from 3000rpm.

It has a fuel consumption rating of 56.5mpg and has CO2 emissions of 115g/km, about 22% better than the 1.4-litre unit it replaces. Furthermore, it will be available with a five-speed manual or automated gearbox.

Citroën will also soon make the new VTi 115 engine available. It will be offered with either a manual or automatic gearbox, together with PSA's HDi 92 engine which has a fuel efficiency rating of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 108g/km. Citroën believes that the C-Elysée’s interior will be spacious and its rear will be similar to cars in the D-segment with a 506-litre boot. It is the longest vehicle in its class with its 2.65m wheelbase.

The Citroën C4 L is ranked near the top of the C-segment and is the first model to originate from Citroën’s Shanghai style centre. The C4 L will be locally produced in every country where it will be available. Production will start in the first half of 2013 at its plant in Kaluga, Russia and at the PSA/Dongfeng plant in Wuhan, China. This engine line-up will comprise the BMW/PSA-developed THP 155 and 175 petrol engines and even PSA’s own VTi 135 unit. These two engines will be available with a new automatic or a sequential six-speed gearbox.

Press Release

Citroen C-Elysee

The Citroën C-Elysée reaps the full benefits of Citroën expertise in technology and design. Its styling and features deliver a specific response to the needs of customers looking for an attractive, affordable saloon. Scheduled for launch at end-2012, it demonstrates brand expertise in running gear, quality and technology, as illustrated by the new VTi 72 engine, designed for performance, fuel efficiency and durability. The Citroën C-Elysée was designed first and foremost to meet the needs of international markets.


The designers of the Citroën C-Elysée started off with a blank sheet. From the first stroke of the pencil, the aim was to showcase the three-box body style. The result is both attractive and well balanced. The front end immediately identifies the vehicle as a member of the brand family, with a large chrome signature emphasizing the enveloping, ribbed bonnet. The bodywork is both harmonious and eye-catching, conveying a robust sense of presence with a high waistline, wide tracks and strongly curving wings. The Citroën C-Elysée ships in a choice of seven body colours, with chrome detailing depending on the level of trim.

Inside the car, the elegant, robust design is also perceptible to passengers. The executive-style dashboard features a trim strip in front of the front passenger, according to trim. All materials were selected to be not only attractive, but also robust and easy to care for.

Unfailing quality and reliability

A car is a long-term investment. The Citroën C-Elysée was therefore designed to stand the test of time and mileage. The extreme driving conditions in some countries were factored in from the design stage. Reflecting this, the vehicle features:

appropriate clearance and tyres
additional under-body protection
reinforced body part design with the use of positive attachments (screws).
All these adjustments ensure the durability of the Citroën C-Elysée, designed in France and produced at Vigo in Spain. As further proof, it has been tested over more than four million kilometres around the world, in all driving conditions (cold, dust, tracks, etc.).

Benchmark comfort and ride

The Citroën C-Elysée reaps the full benefits of brand expertise, particularly in terms of road feel. Wide tracks and specially designed running gear are combined with electric power steering that is both informative and precise at all vehicle speeds, to ensure strong roadholding and safety for all passengers, even in the most difficult conditions. Depending on the country, it may also be fitted, as standard or optional with ABS and ESP, for example, or up to four airbags.

Easy to drive, the Citroën C-Elysée also illustrates brand expertise in terms of comfort and suspension, conveying a sense of well-being and real driving pleasure even in the most extreme conditions.


The Citroën C-Elysée is a vehicle of generous exterior dimensions: 4.43 m long, 1.7 m wide and 1.47 m tall. The 2.65 m wheelbase is the longest in its category. It delivers not only an impeccable ride but also, above all, exceptional space.

The interior roominess is worthy of saloons in the next category up, with best-in-class space in the back seats. The leg room available to passengers at the rear is remarkable in terms of both width and length (knee room of 120 mm). The spacious design of the cabin has no impact on boot space. With a capacity of 506 litres VDA, the boot is one of the most biggest in the category. With these features, the Citroën C-Elysée is fully suited to its role as the main family car.

...and onboard comfort

Alongside a design optimised in terms of space and dimensions, the Citroën C-Elysée is available with a range of modern, intuitive comfort equipment, standard or optional depending on the country. Features include air conditioning with a digital display, rear parking sensors, a cruise-control/speed limiter function, and an mp3 car radio with a Bluetooth hands-free kit.

It can also be fitted with high-tech equipment geared to the specific requirements of the countries of sale, such as a heated windscreen for Russia and Ukraine. For hot countries, particular attention was paid to the air conditioning, which includes a "Max" function for fast cooling. This high-tech offering will be further expanded in the coming months with a touch-screen GPS, reversing camera, and hands-free access and start-up.

A wide range of accessories enables customers to personalise the vehicle exterior with elegant chrome detailing (fog light trim, rearview mirror housings, tail pipe), and to protect the bodywork (transparent bumper protection strips, side mouldings) and interior (wide choice of boot mats or boxes) as well as to increase the loading volume (roof bars, roof basket). In terms of multimedia systems, semi-integrated navigation systems (with no apparent suction pads or cables) provide efficient guidance, while the O'car radio, an innovative solution dedicated to iPhone, lets users talk or listen to music in complete safety while recharging their smartphones.

Engines tailored to needs

The Citroën C-Elysée ships with the new VTi 72 petrol engine, specially tailored to driving conditions and fuel in international markets. The new-generation powerplant was developed to optimise performance (72 bhp, torque of 110 Nm from 3,000 rpm), fuel consumption (from 5 l/100 km and 115 g/km of CO2, a 22% improvement on the 1.4i engine replaced) and durability, even in severe operating conditions. It can be mated to a five-speed manual or automated gearbox.

The new VTi 115 engine, combined with a manual or automatic gearbox, rounds out the petrol range. The Citroën C-Elysée also ships with the HDi 92, a proven diesel engine already produced in more than six million units and combining road car capacity (high torque at low engine speeds) with limited fuel consumption (4.1 l/100 km and 108 g/km of CO2).

An attractive 'features/cost' ratio

For the target customer base, a car is a major investment. Customers are demanding in all areas, including price tags and running costs. The Citroën C-Elysée combines attractive pricing, tailored to each market, with the functions and quality of all the Marque's vehicles.

Running costs are also low, with fuel-efficient engines, appropriate servicing frequency, extended service life for wear parts, and robust, washable materials. The Citroën C-Elysée was truly designed to stand up to intensive use.

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