Citroen updates e-C4 electric hatch and C5 X plug-in hybrid estate with new tech

Citroen has given its line-up a slight tweak for 2023, with two of its electrified offerings updated with new technology and features relating to infotainment and driver assistance functions. 

The e-C4 - the brand’s all-electric, jacked-up family hatch back, has been given a refresh in line with petrol powered versions of the car. This sees the infotainment display upgraded to a system Citroen calls My Citroen Drive Plus, which is already found in the flagship C5 X estate and the new e-C4 X.

Citroen claims that this new infotainment unit is easier to use than the one equipped in the car beforehand. It’s still operated via a 10-inch touchscreen display, but the menus are more ergonomic and customisable, making use of a widget-based main menu like you’d find on a smartphone. 

The upgraded system should make reversing easier, too, thanks to an improved HD-quality feed running from the reversing camera. The My Citroen Drive Plus system can also support two devices via bluetooth at the same time, while it also results in the removal of the car’s old-fashioned looking flexible aerial, replacing it with a more modern looking shark fin style setup.

The infotainment screen looks the same as before, but has new menus and features

A new option in the form of 15w wireless charging for smartphones and devices is available, while on the style side of things, some versions of the e-C4 can be optioned with a bi-tone roof. 

The car’s powertrain remains unchanged. A 50kWh capacity battery sits beneath the passengers, enabling up to 219 miles of range. It can be replenished in under 30 minutes at a 100kW rapid charging point. 

Sitting above the e-C4 in the firm’s line-up, the C5 X estate - available as a plug-in hybrid - has been updated to feature new semi-autonomous driving technology. The upgraded Highway Integrated Assist Plus includes semi-automatic lane changing on motorways as well as a new traffic-sign recognition-based cruise control function. The system can keep the car in lane on a motorway or dual carriageway and control the steering, speed and braking.

Prices for the upgraded e-C4 electric family hatchback begin from £31,995, while the plug-in hybrid C5 X is available from £36,720.

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