Jean-Pierre Ploué and Donato Coco pretty much know their stuff. Both were on Citroen's design payroll when the C4 Coupe was launched back in 2004. While Jean-Pierre Ploué was the head of design for the whole Citroen brand – and now for the whole of the PSA Group - it was Donato Coco who penned the compact hatchback's retro-futuristic lines. Most of the exterior design harks back to the Citroens of the golden era but with a modern touch of French je ne sais quoi.
The front is identical to the one from the five-door version of the C4 and quasi-identical to the original non-facelifted version from 2004. The L-shaped headlights are a bit reminiscent of an Australian hunting boomerang, and the daylight driving lights make them look a bit menacing at sunset. Not that that would be a bad thing, especially since the rest of the car's design kind of correlates with "menace".
The side view is where the retro lines really take over. Sure, the much-too-long front overhang isn't exactly the sexiest thing ever, especially on a compact hatchback, but the rest is quite reminiscent of other Kammback Citroens from the past. Starting with the base of the front windshield to the rear there's a non-disrupted line somewhat similar to that of the Toyota Prius or the second-generation Honda Insight. Taking into account the C4 Coupe is quite a bit lower than the two aforementioned, this design cue works by giving the car a much sportier look.
Arriving at the rear is where things get really freaky. The basic conclusion is that the rear design is definitely full of "love it or hate it" lines. The roof drops much lower than your average hatchback, while the rear windshield is divided in two separate sections. The top one follows the line of the sloping roof, while the second section is at an almost 90 degree angle, giving the impression that the rear part of the body has been chopped off.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
You guys can officially color me disgusted. The man who designed this... ahem... abomination, that Coco guy, should be flown to the Amazon jungles where he should get bitten by some... ahem... godforsaken dinosaur bird with rabies or something, catch an exotic flu which has no cure and die a horrible pain.
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