2015 CITROEN CACTUS REVEALED
Citroen’s new C4 Cactus SUV makes its production debut this week, bringing much of the earlier concept’s quirky looks to showroom reality.
The squinting headlights remain - appearing also on the new C4 Picasso - while the concept’s chocolate-bar door cladding has also survived the leap to market.
In truth, there is little about the concept’s styling that can’t be found in the final design, with only the finer details tweaked for simpler production.
There’s a taller glasshouse - with windows, this time - and the futuristic head- and tail-light internals have been replaced with regular LED units.
That theme continues in the cabin, where much of the concept’s rugged and retro interior design has been left untouched for the production model.
A pair of large free-standing displays dominate the forward view, in front of a bench-like dash design and a glove compartment designed to look like an old travel chest.
Importantly, the Cactus weighs less than 1000kg, coming in at just 965kg - making it 200kg lighter than the C4.
In Europe, the C4 Cactus will be offered with a 60kW 1.0 litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, along with an 80kW e-THP powertrain and 67kW eHDI and 7kW BlueHDI diesel units - the latter using just 3.1 l/100km of fuel.
Features in the Cactus include Citroen's Efficient Tronic Gearbox transmission with 'Easy Push' button selector for gear changing.
There's also a seven-inch touch display for air-con and infotainment, and a digital instrument panel behind the steering wheel.
The Cactus will make its official world premiere at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.
Citroen's local arm has confirmed today that its hand is up for an Australian launch.
"We are still very interested and we want to make this available for Australians," says Citroen Automobiles Australia National Marketing Manager, Manuel Tyras.
"We've put a business proposal to PSA in Paris and we are in the initial stages of review now that we know a RHD is available. Things should be a lot clearer in the second half of this year."
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