Citroen C Cactus Hybrid Concept Moves Towards Production

Quirky as it may look, the ‘green’ nature of the the Citroen C-Cactus’ powertrain has the French automaker considering placing it in production.

Originally shown at the 2007 Frankfurt motor show, the C-Cactus concept was a four-door hatchback powered by a diesel-hybrid powertrain.; Though the styling was unique, that diesel-hybrid combo was arguably the highlight of the car and will move to production.

Though it’s not written in stone, Citroen says it’s considering a 1.0-liter turbo-diesel I-3 coupled to an undisclosed hybrid system.; Since Citroen’s release claims such a system could be good for 100 mpg, we wonder if a production C-Cactus would be an extended-range electric vehicle (EERV) not unlike the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.

Should the C-Cactus make its way to the assembly lines, we’d be interested in if the minimalist spirit of the concept would shine through in the finished product.; Citroen was quite proud of stripping the interior of what it deemed “non-essential” material – i.e components that neither power the vehicle nor protect passengers.

Though Citroen has built a legendary reputation with basic vehicles (need we mention the 2CV), it’d be interesting what today’s consumer – accustomed by infotainment systems and automated climate controls – would think of such an idea.