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Citroen's C4 Cactus isn't prickly at all

Citroen's C4 Cactus isn't pric...
At 2,218 lb (965 kg), the C4 Cactus is 440 lb (200 kg) lighter than Citroen’s regular C4
At 2,218 lb (965 kg), the C4 Cactus is 440 lb (200 kg) lighter than Citroen’s regular C4
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A 99 bhp 1.6 liter diesel, capable of delivering mileage figures of 3.1L/100 km (76 mpg) and emissions of 82 gm of CO2/km will be offered
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A 99 bhp 1.6 liter diesel, capable of delivering mileage figures of 3.1L/100 km (76 mpg) and emissions of 82 gm of CO2/km will be offered
Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) gas-filled airbumps are designed to protect the car from shopping carts, parking lot dings or front/rear bumper taps
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Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) gas-filled airbumps are designed to protect the car from shopping carts, parking lot dings or front/rear bumper taps
Featuring a curvy stubby nose, slit-like headlights, short overhangs, large wheel openings, and high waistline, the Cactus comes off as a concept with obvious urban intentions
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Featuring a curvy stubby nose, slit-like headlights, short overhangs, large wheel openings, and high waistline, the Cactus comes off as a concept with obvious urban intentions
Short overhangs, roof rack and an extended rear spoiler give the Cactus a modern yet functional look
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Short overhangs, roof rack and an extended rear spoiler give the Cactus a modern yet functional look
Citroen designed in a panoramic glass roof to give the C4 Cactus an open airy interior feel
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Citroen designed in a panoramic glass roof to give the C4 Cactus an open airy interior feel
The Citroen's minimalist dash is clean and unfettered, almost to the point of being excessively pragmatic
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The Citroen's minimalist dash is clean and unfettered, almost to the point of being excessively pragmatic
A 7-inch touchscreen manages the Cactus' infotainment functions, sat-nav system, phone apps and mapping functions
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A 7-inch touchscreen manages the Cactus' infotainment functions, sat-nav system, phone apps and mapping functions
A 110 bhp turbo-charged 3-cylinder gas engine making 109 bhp will be available, along with a choice of a 5-speed manual gearbox or Citroen’s ETG auto-box
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A 110 bhp turbo-charged 3-cylinder gas engine making 109 bhp will be available, along with a choice of a 5-speed manual gearbox or Citroen’s ETG auto-box
While the interior may suffer from an identity crisis, technological items like Hill and Park Assist, back-up camera and static cornering lights ensure the Cactus remains current
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While the interior may suffer from an identity crisis, technological items like Hill and Park Assist, back-up camera and static cornering lights ensure the Cactus remains current
Airbumps on the sides and bumpers are a unique soft touch feature designed as a graphic element but with protective capabilities
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Airbumps on the sides and bumpers are a unique soft touch feature designed as a graphic element but with protective capabilities
At 2,218 lb (965 kg), the C4 Cactus a is 440 lb (200 kg) lighter than Citroen’s regular C4 thanks to a new lightweight platform, materials, components and a smaller engine
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At 2,218 lb (965 kg), the C4 Cactus a is 440 lb (200 kg) lighter than Citroen’s regular C4 thanks to a new lightweight platform, materials, components and a smaller engine
Gas-filled "airbumps” on the sides and bumpers are available in four colors to match the Cactus' 10 exterior body color options
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Gas-filled "airbumps” on the sides and bumpers are available in four colors to match the Cactus' 10 exterior body color options
Along with the obvious bumpy bits, the C4 Cactus exudes forward-thinking design elements
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Along with the obvious bumpy bits, the C4 Cactus exudes forward-thinking design elements
The dash, clean and unfettered almost to the point of being too pragmatic, is enhanced by a 7-inch touchscreen that manages the car’s infotainment functions, sat-nav system, phone apps and mapping functions.
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The dash, clean and unfettered almost to the point of being too pragmatic, is enhanced by a 7-inch touchscreen that manages the car’s infotainment functions, sat-nav system, phone apps and mapping functions.
With foldable rear seats, the Cactus offers up 358 liters of storage space
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With foldable rear seats, the Cactus offers up 358 liters of storage space
The Cactus is designed to compete in Europe’s highly-competitive C-segment with the likes of the Fiat 500, Nissan Juke and VW Golf
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The Cactus is designed to compete in Europe’s highly-competitive C-segment with the likes of the Fiat 500, Nissan Juke and VW Golf
At 2,218 lb (965 kg), the C4 Cactus is 440 lb (200 kg) lighter than Citroen’s regular C4
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At 2,218 lb (965 kg), the C4 Cactus is 440 lb (200 kg) lighter than Citroen’s regular C4
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Unlike the prickly desert dwelling plant, Citroen’s new C4 Cactus CUV/hatchback mashup is approachable and easy to hug. Lighter than the regular C4, the airbump-bearing vehicle is more about making a design statement than pushing the technological envelope.

First unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show last September, Citroen’s smallish C4 Cactus features some interesting design details. Those odd-looking bumpy bits on the side and bumpers are what the firm refers to as “airbumps," and they're designed as both a graphic and protective feature. The thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) gas-filled bumps, available in four colors to compliment the Cactus’ 10 exterior color options, are designed to protect it from the likes of shopping carts, parking lot door-dings or front/rear bumper taps.

Along with the obvious bumpy bits, the C4 Cactus exudes forward-thinking design elements. Featuring a curvy stubby nose, slit-like headlights, short overhangs, large wheel openings, an extended spoiler and high waistline, the Cactus comes off as a concept for a younger demographic, but with obvious urban use intentions. It's designed to compete in Europe’s highly competitive C-segment with the likes of the Fiat 500, Nissan Juke and VW Golf.

Airbumps on the sides and bumpers are a unique soft touch feature designed as a graphic element but with protective capabilities
Airbumps on the sides and bumpers are a unique soft touch feature designed as a graphic element but with protective capabilities

Premised off Citroen’s DS3 chassis, the Cactus is smaller than the firm’s standard C4 but does share the latter’s wheelbase. Even though it looks bigger than most hatchbacks, the C4 Cactus is not only shorter than a Volkswagen Golf but at 2,218 lb (965 kg) it's 440 lb (200 kg) lighter than Citroen’s regular C4 thanks to a new lightweight platform, materials, components and a smaller engine.

The Cactus’ engine options aren’t only light but according to the manufacturer, the 99 bhp 1.6 liter diesel is capable of delivering mileage figures of 3.1L/100 km (76 mpg) and emissions of 82 gm of CO2/km. A 110 bhp turbo-charged 3-cylinder gas engine making 109 bhp will be available along with a choice of a 5-speed manual gearbox or Citroen’s ETG auto-box.

The Cactus is designed to compete in Europe’s highly-competitive C-segment with the likes of the Fiat 500, Nissan Juke and VW Golf
The Cactus is designed to compete in Europe’s highly-competitive C-segment with the likes of the Fiat 500, Nissan Juke and VW Golf

Inside the Cactus, in addition to a split-bench/front seat arrangement and 358 liters of storage space, Citroen has designed in a panoramic glass roof to give the car an airy, open interior feel. The dash, clean and unfettered almost to the point of being too pragmatic, is enhanced by a 7-inch touchscreen that manages the car’s infotainment functions, sat-nav system, phone apps and mapping functions.

Old school luggage-like door handles and hinge fittings further add to the Cactus’ interior design dissonance. But while the interior may suffer from an identity crisis, technological items like Hill and Park Assist, back-up camera and static cornering lights ensure the Cactus remains in the today.

Citroen’s C4 Cactus will be available in Europe starting Q4 of 2014. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Source: Citroen

9 comments
Milton
"at 2,218 lb (965 kg).... figures of 3.1L/100 km (76 mpg) and emissions of 82 gm of CO2/km" finally! an auto-manufacturer is starting to get it. We need lighter vehicles. Now how 'bout a Hybrid and/or all-electric version?
The Skud
I like it! The style is not bad, who needs all those gadgets and features anyway? MILTON - You could support a hybrid, but praising the lightness and then asking for all-elec. drive (with all those extra heavy batteries to get decent range) seems contradictory to me.
hkmk23
Very French, like most of their cars looks great but will be mechanically unsound. Please do not get me wrong, I love the French and France (I even live here) but their motor cars..........
Milton
@The Skud: a light-weight platform is an excellent starting-point for an All-Electric. They could Hybrid the thing without adding much weight at all... perhaps even no weight gain considering how much they could shrink the gas tank. Toyota managed to make a 2,500 lb hybrid with their Prius C. Nissan's leaf comes in at around 3,200 lbs. But that extra 700 lbs is the difference between 50 mpg and 120 mpg*e. Point being: if you want efficiency, an EV will be the winner. But if you want an uber-efficient EV, weight will always play a factor. Best to start with a light-weight platform like the vehicle in this article.
Jonathan Cole
It looks very much like a miniature version of the Subaru Outback. Very cool. I agree an electric version would be great.
Grunt
Hmmm, four wheel drive and it would make a useful contribution to the lower end of the market. Not an off-roader by any means, but an all-roader, certainly. I confess to quite liking the look of it.....
PeterRnz
Citroens seem to do pretty well in rallying, so French cars can't be all bad. And at last an instrument panel that's showing some progress in design. The best I'd seen before was in the Toyota Prius. Now all we need is an app which allows one to customise the layout to show exactly what you want, how you want it (eg digital, bargraph or clock-type speedo), where you want it on the screen and in the colours that suit you (some people are colour-blind after all).
Mel Tisdale
@ PeterRnz Agreed in full. I would love to be able to put the sat-nav right where the speedometer usually is and have the road speed shown digitally in the form of a large sort of watermark on the sat-nav display. And while we are at it, how about continuously calibrating the speedo when there is a good sat-nav signal so that when approaching a speed camera or radar check, one can be sure not to be risking any points or fines etc.? Whenever I have checked a vehicle against my sat-nav(s) it has always been optimistic, sometimes right up to the ten percent legal limit (or at least that is what the U.K. used to require.)
Bryan Haslett
We have many choices here in the USA and I am grateful for it. Nevertheless I sure would like to see some Citroen and Renault vehicles. Don't get me started on those $!&#*&!! at VW who won't bring the best car they make over here! I'm still dumbfounded at our lack of small diesel choices here as well. The new era of clean diesel fuel makes them even more attractive.