Future Models - Citroen 2014 C4 Cactus
Citroen plants a Cactus seed
All steamed up: Citroen’s C4 Cactus has appeared out of the mist – a bit.
Teaser images reveal Citroen’s C4 Cactus crossover ahead of February launch
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27 December 2013
CITROEN has provided a blurry insight into its upcoming C4 Cactus hatch with a
series of teaser images showing what appears to be a toned down production
version due to be revealed on the anniversary of the birth of company founder
Andre Citroen on February 5.
Gone is the fanciful B-pillarless, windowless floating roof of the Cactus
concept shown at 2013 Frankfurt motor show in September, replaced by a more
conventional design, with blacked out B and C pillars holding up the lid with
its panoramic moon roof.
The promised ‘Airbump’ anti-ding panels with their impact-absorbing air-filled
air capsules on the doors and bumpers appear to be carried over into the
production version, perhaps along with the sofa-style seating.
The Cactus retains the five-door design and overall crossover shape of the
concept, while the alloy wheels – shown in one of the clearest images – seem to
Citroen has yet to spell out other details, such as whether the Cactus will get
the concept’s Hybrid Air powertrain that employs a turbocharged petrol engine
with a unique compressed air propulsion system capable of fuel economy as low
as 2.9 litres per 100 kilometres.
The Hybrid Air power kicks in at speeds under 70km/h, and the system can adapt
the operating mode to suit the driver, with a choice of Zero Emissions Vehicle
mode, petrol internal combustion and combined.
Citroen says the Cactus will lay the styling ground rules for future C-series
cars while emphasising a pragmatic approach to car design with easy-to-use
controls and comfort for all occupants.
It says the design “sweeps away the superfluous to place greater emphasis on
everything that contributes to comfort”.
The concept’s instruments are all digital, while many materials are natural.
The C4 Cactus concept recently received the 2013 Design award from French
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