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Citroën and Cherokee: separated at birth?

by David Zatz on

Citroen C4 Cactus

Opinion. In what is probably a case of parallel development, the Citroën C4 and Jeep Cherokee share headlight and DRL positions and designs, along with the same general shape. While the original C4 came out before the Cherokee, the time gap was too close to believe that Cherokee was copying the French crossover.

These coincidences have occurred many times before, including the similar Valiant and Studebaker Lark; the Lark was out for around a year before the Valiant, and both had European styling with a highly similar grille (but rather different bodies).

The new Cactus, pictured above, departed from the styling of the 2013 Grand C4 Picasso, by simplifying the front end and removing some trademark Citroën forms. The Cherokee seems to carry off the front styling better, but has no serious provision for a license plate, and copies the Kia chrome-lined-odd-shape below the traditional Jeep grille.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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