break fiction? This is what the Citroën C4 Break Tourer (2023) could look like!

Compact station wagons have a hard time. They are disappearing more and more from the market, one segment is quietly dying away. This is unfortunate, because the traditional compact station wagons were not just the smarter choice from an aesthetic point of view than the SUVs and MPVs that are favored today. At Citroën, too, the traditional station wagon segment has been expelled. A station wagon was always a break with the Doppelwinkel brand and he had a great pedigree.

Citroën C4 Break Tourer (2023)
Citroën C4 Break Tourer (2023)

A Citroën that continues the legendary Break series

Unforgotten is the CX Break, which offered space like the extensive sand dunes of the Camargue. Or the BX Break, which with its compact dimensions felt like it had more space inside than outside. The last small break in the long list was the Citroën ZX, but its end of production is more than 20 years ago.

What would a potential successor look like? After this ë-C4 X, for which Citroën received a lot of international applause, the time for a conventional station wagon, i.e. break, could be ripe. At least that's what the Hungarian designer thought X-Tomi. Based on the current model family, he designed a Citroën C4 Break Tourer that looks like it could roll off the production lines tomorrow.

Citroën GS Break Special 1980
Citroën GS Break Special 1980

The front of the Break Tourer is donated by the regular Citroën C4. The ë-C4 X borrows the rear with the eye-catching taillights, but the roof line ends with a steep tailgate. The station wagon offers more storage space than the Lifestyle C4 X, but without appearing unsportsmanlike. The other design attributes follow the current line of the brand. A robust design that you can trust to cope with dirt roads and apple orchards in Normandy without suffering any injuries.

The overhangs of the body remain crisply short, the design is such that one would like to ask why Citroën does not simply build the Break Tourer?

Citroën ZX Break 1993
Citroën ZX Break 1993

Just a break fiction?

Probably because the spirit of the times is not necessarily blowing in the direction of a compact station wagon. Certainly, however, because a C4 Break Tourer is a direct competitor to the 308 Peugeot SW would. And of course also because the ë-C4 X has a folding rear seat, this variability could be enough for customers. Because without extended overhangs, the gain in space would only be minimal in practice.

But, you shouldn't completely rule out the break tourer. Renault, the rival in France, will bring the DJB project in 2023 on an extended Captur basis. Supposedly a cheap, about 4,40 meter long station wagon. Normally, the brand with the double angle then reacts with a counterattack.

With images from Citroën Communication and X-Tomi

8 thoughts on "break fiction? This is what the Citroën C4 Break Tourer (2023) could look like!"

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    The French literally have a great history in automobile construction. I sometimes tend to forget the practical and amazingly light space and payload miracles. The German motor journalism but also and apparently even the French themselves. Otherwise they kept to this tradition ...

    At the last classic car meet I was at recently, a CX Break stood up and was one of the main attractions, the chassis proudly pumped up to max ground clearance. Visitors who had come in their SUVs rubbed their eyes in amazement. There is an old car that also has a small cross-section, the shape of a (travel) wind piercer, a chassis for every occasion and interior and trunk without end. How can that be?
    What did the designers and engineers think of their own SUV? If you are 40 years younger, you should simply smile at every classic car as its owner, shouldn't you? Whimsical crates that are completely outdated by progress in every way, aren't they? And then something! Then suddenly there is something with a chassis that can lower the center of gravity down to the road on a freeway and stick to the road like chewing gum. Or just more ground clearance than your own SUV offers on field and forest paths and no matter what road surface, always more payload and trunk than your own and brand new sports utility vehicle. You rub your eyes in surprise.
    It's really a shame that the French don't consistently follow their tradition. What they once did technically and constructively is, in my opinion, now just a myth that designers and marketing exploit with an only superficial and comparatively superficial difference. The ancestors were really different. Today, some of their great-grandchildren look different, but they are technically mainstream and cost-optimized production ...

    Am I wrong here, or can and should one see it that way?

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      Cost-optimized is certainly true, otherwise Citroën would no longer exist. Still different, the suspension that Tom described and the comfort seats. You won't find it anywhere else in this price range.

      It's still different and even special. Stay within what Stellantis allows and not as wild and extreme as it used to be.

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        Thanks, that's plausible and well explained.

        I just find it a pity in general that character and technology are merging globally. If the only driver were a technical optimum for people and the environment, which all car brands strive for in unison, I wouldn't even (almost) care...

        Unfortunately, however, it is the case that every brand around the world issues almost identical specifications for every model (or rather, every market segment) for development, production and sales. All car manufacturers only fish in the same pond for the same fish that are only available in this pond ...

        It's just a pity that there is no longer any room for technical innovations and real character cars in the specifications of cost-optimized and platform-based vehicles. The world has never been so big and at the same time so simple and uniform as it is today. Personally, I find it difficult to see this as an enrichment, let alone a step forward. As far as people and the environment are concerned, ONE way is ultimately dictated to us, on which the industry and suppliers have long since agreed globally, taking into account market analyzes and cost forecasts. It's crazy, but we once had more choice when it didn't seem urgent and compelling to us (people & environment). Now it's the other way around. We urgently need to look for alternatives, but the (now very global) market has long since become a (global) mush. It's remarkable and regrettable, I think.

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    The Break Tourer has some off-road looks, not bad. Too bad it's just a break fiction.

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    Wrong for once, dear author! After ZX there was the not even bad Xsara Break for seven years. I had this for a good thirteen years. A good family car that was even a bit fun with the HDI diesel.
    But yes, the end of the C5 Tourer was unfortunately the end of the decades-old station wagon tradition at Citroën. Too bad.

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      I confess to having completely supplanted the Xsara. That's correct, of course, it existed after the ZX.

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        I can't remember the Xsara either. So there's no shame in just forgetting about it. I still remember the ZX, it was much more distinctive.

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    You really miss the alternatives in this segment. What else is there? Almost everything is moving high seats, vehicles like a Saab 9-3 sports suit as an example no longer exist. Something compact with a kick, that would be it.

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