Citroen announced that it will bring a production version of the C-Cactus concept to the European market, to be named the Citroen C4 Cactus. The C-Cactus concept appeared at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show, five years after the Citroen Cactus concept first showed there in 2008. Citroen aims to shake up the family hatchback segment with the C4 Cactus’ modern looks, technology, and reduced ownership costs, which it claims will be nearly 20 percent lower than its competitors.
Much of the off-beat styling and quirky technology that characterized the Citroen C-Cactus concept will find its way to production in the C4 Cactus. Most prominent of these is the advent of Citroen’s Airbump exterior body panels: bubble-wrap-like air pockets made of thermoplastic polyurethane, attached to the vehicle’s sides and bumpers. Available in four colors that add visual and textural contrast, the design allegedly helps are designed to protect the car from day-to-day impacts.
The Citroen C4 Cactus retains the same modern two-tone looks as the C-Cactus concept, sporting a tall stance with a rear-canted floating roof, Airbump-integrated headlight housings beneath floating daytime-running LED lights, and highly customizable color combinations. The retro-flavored interior boasts a clean design thanks to space-saving decisions such as the lack of a center console, as well as integrating the passenger airbag in the headliner rather than the dashboard.
All-digital interfaces for the climate controls, infotainment, and instrument cluster keep the interior organized and modern, while the traditional gear shifter is abandoned in favor of an “Easy Push” lever attached to the center of the bench. This piece of equipment, included on certain versions of the C4 Cactus, takes up very little space, while combining with paddle shifters to still give the driver the option to manually change gears.
Citroen says that the C4 Cactus will feature the “latest generation” PureTech turbocharged gasoline and BlueHDi diesel engines. Autocar reports that the engine options will include a turbocharged 81-hp three-cylinder, a turbocharged 108-hp four-cylinder, as well as a 91-hp diesel and a 99-hp diesel. Another possibility down the line is the air-compression HybridAir powertrain from the C-Cactus concept.
The Citroen Cactus C4’s combination of modern style, comfort, and fuel efficiency should make it a hit in European cities. Look for more information, such as powertrain and pricing specifics, in the coming months.