Spied: Citroen's China-bound C-Quatre

Built in China, the C-Quatre will be aimed at the Volkswagen Jetta.

Low-resolution spy shots have prematurely revealed the next Citroën C-Quatre, a compact sedan designed largely for the Chinese market.

Aimed right at the Volkswagen Jetta, the C-Quatre was developed jointly by Citroën and China's Dongfeng Motors, one of its biggest shareholders. The sedan completely eschews Citroën's latest design language and instead adopts a more premium look characterized by sculpted body panels and a healthy dose of chrome trim.

Inside, the C-Quatre gets a simple, minimalist yet elegant cockpit with rectangular air vents and faux aluminum trim on the center console. All told, the C-Quatre is shaping up to be a lot more upscale than the C4 hatchback sold in Europe, a positioning that goes against the automaker's widely-publicized plans to move down a notch on the market.

Mechanically, Citroën's next sedan will use turbocharged three- and four-cylinder gasoline-burning engines sourced from the PSA Peugeot - Citroën parts bin. Front-wheel drive will be the only configuration available, and most models will ship with an automatic transmission.

The next Citroën C-Quatre is scheduled to make its official debut in the coming weeks, and it will go on sale across China before the end of the year. At the time of writing Citroën is not planning on selling the sedan in its home country, but there's a small chance that it could join the company's lineup in eastern Europe and in Spain.

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