The Citroen C4 1.6HDi model, which is powered by a 1.6-liter 110hp diesel engine, will soon receive a new, clutchless, gearbox that allows drivers to change gears using an F1-like paddle-shifters mounted on the steering wheel. Cool, huh?
According to the officially disseminated information, the new gearbox has its gear ratios changed in order to not only ensure the most seamless operation of the engine, but also to make it stay within the most efficient RPM range.
As a result, the new Citroen C4 1.6HDi cars that are equipped with the new transmission are about 6 per cent more fuel efficient than the current models, offering pretty much impressive fuel economy of 63 mpg (that’s around 3.74 l/100 km) on the combined cycle (although, ‘performance may wary’, you know, and in real life the car will probably drink at least 5 liters of diesel fuel per 100 kilometers) and reducing CO2 emissions to just 120 g/km.
Making the car even greener, Citroen has equipped the new C4 1.6 HDi with a Diesel Particulate Filter System (DPF) that reduces particle emissions (that ugly black soot that earlier diesels were famous for) to almost zero level.
The 2007 C4 1.6HDi equipped with the electronic gearbox will be a few hundred pounds more expensive than the models with conventional transmissions.
Prices will start from £14,390 for the 1.6HDi SX hatchback.
We expect the car to go on sale in the UK later this month.
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