Citroen will expand its zero-emission offerings starting next year, beyond the current C-Zero, E-Mehari and E-Berlingo MultiSpace, with the successor of the C4 Cactus.
Confirmed for 2020 by CEO Linda Jackson in a sit-down withAutoNews, it will be based on an extended version of the PSA Group’s CMP platform.
Currently used by the Peugeot 208 and Opel/Vauxhall subcompact hatchbacks and Peugeot 2008 and DS3 Crossback small SUVs, it supports petrol and diesel engines, as well as electric powertrains. It will underpin both the ICE- and electric-powered versions of the C4 Cactus’ replacement, whichmight drop the ‘Cactus’ suffixfrom its name (decision pending).
On a related note, Jackson said that as long as people will continue to buy diesel-powered cars, the company won’t ditch them. Nevertheless, the entire Citroen range will get electrified versions by 2025, and that move will start next year, when every new model they make will get a PHEV or EV derivative. TheC5 Aircross, for one, has already launched with a plug-in hybrid powertrain and e-AWD.
Rumors about bringing back the C5 mid-size sedan (and possibly estate too) in Europe date back to 2017, when the second generation was phased out, and it seems that the French auto firm hasn’t given up on it. The Citroen exec confirmed (again) that they will give the D-segment car another chance, early next decade, and that it will be inspired by the2016 CXperience Concept. Beneath the skin, it will share many components with the latest Peugeot 508.