Citroen has revealed first official pictures of the new C4, ahead of its world debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show in September.

The new Citroen C4 will be presented in two different bodystyles – coupe and hatchback – with sweeping contours making for outstanding aerodynamics, and a drag coefficient of just 0.28 will help keep fuel consumption and CO2 emissions down.

Among the innovations is a multi-functional steering wheel with a fixed centre, which offers easy access to the centrally-mounted controls. In addition, its unique design allows the use of a specially designed airbag that offers greater protection to the driver.

The new Citroen C4 will also feature an involuntary lane-departure warning system, designed to help prevent drivers from losing concentration or falling asleep at the wheel, as well as moving, dual-function directional Xenon headlamps, which provide improved lighting when cornering.

Other equipment includes a speed limiter and low tyre pressure warning system. and the new C4 is also set to be the only car in the class to offer laminated glass side windows, which will not only provide maximum protection against break-ins, but also enhance the acoustic comfort inside the cabin.

Occupant comfort is said to be a key attraction of the new C4 – there’s a scented air freshener built into the dashboard, while a translucent instrument cluster that is able to adjust to ambient light levels ensures a clear read-out no matter what the light conditions.

Powering the new C4 will be a wide range of petrol and HDi common rail diesel engines, most of which will meet Euro IV emission standards, with power outputs from 90hp to 180hp for petrol and 92hp to 138hp for diesel.