PARIS — Citroen's replacement for the C4 Cactus hatchback will be available for orders starting in June, said the brand's CEO, Vincent Cobee.
Speaking on a YouTube video, Cobee said the new car would be presented in June, with dealership sales starting in September or October.
The car does not yet have an official name, but Citroen says it will have a full-electric option as well as gasoline and diesel engines.
It will be the first full-electric compact car on PSA Group's CMP multienergy platform, which underpins small cars and SUVs such as the Peugeot 208 hatchback and 2008 SUV.
The new C4 will use an extended version of the platform. Other compact and midsize PSA vehicles use the EMP2 architecture, which is electrified with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
Spy photographs of the car show a crossover profile, with a sloping roofline and higher tailgate.
Cobee said the C4 will stand out in the segment by being recognizably a Citroen. "The (compact) segment is at the heart of the European market, but it's a segment that doesn't change much," he said.
Citroen envisions the C4 as the main car for middle-class families who needed space, comfort and visibility.
"The vehicle will launch a new style identity," Cobee said. "It will bring a new look to the segment."
The C4 Cactus was launched as a crossover in 2014 but was given a restyling in 2017 that removed the "air bumps" door protection and other quirky details. The old-generation C4 five-door hatchback, which was sold alongside the C4 Cactus, was discontinued in 2018.
The C4 Cactus is not in the Top 10 best-sellers in Europe's compact segment, which is led by the Volkswagen Golf. European sales of the C4 Cactus fell 10 percent to 52,128 last year, according to JATO Dynamics market researchers.