Mitsubishi has announced its intention to become an ‘SUV only’ carmaker, and now Citroen has reportedly considered the pros and cons of following suit.
Speaking with the UK’s Auto Express, Citroen product boss Xavier Peugeot reportedly said that the next C4 would “not be conventional”, hinting that a regular five-door hatch and other body-styles may not be on the cards.
“There will be a new C4, but it will not be conventional,” Mr Peugeot said.
“It is possible to change the image of a model name and we can do that with that car. Perhaps we will change its silhouette (body-style).”
If the Cactus were to lose some of its ‘love-it-or-hate-it’ styling then a very fresh take on the regular C4 could be hiding beneath.
Citroen’s C5 could also be making the switch to an SUV body-style.
“It’s clear that we want to be a mainstream player and to do that, we need to cover the various segments,” Mr Peugeot said.
“So ‘yes’, we want a Citroen offering in the D segment where the C5 currently is. But would it be a direct successor to the C5? I’m not sure.”
Citroen’s head of future product, Pierre Monferrini, also used the ‘C’ word (‘conventional’), backing Mr Peugeot’s statement by saying the next C5 will be anything but.
A new large SUV model is believed to on the way for Citroen customers soon, but whether this model replaces the C5 or serves as an addition to the range remains to be seen. Of interest will be a large Citroen SUV’s market position compared to the seven-seat Grand C4 Picasso.
Also in the ‘maybe’ pile is the C4 Cactus, as there may not be room in Citroen’s line-up for both the C4 and C4 Cactus if the former morphs into an SUV.
Watch this space.
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