Citroen importer Sime Darby has confirmed that its funky C4 Cactus hatchback will arrive in Australia in one specification level, but will boast a dizzying 23,184 possible configurations.
Confused? Don't be. While the level of standard equipment is the same no matter whether you go for the petrol manual or diesel automatic, the range diversity comes from the sheer number of possible colour and trim combinations for the Cactus both inside and out.
But that high degree of 'customisability' (apologies to Samual Johnson and the English language) will only be available to those who pre-order their Cactus before year's end.
Citroen Australia will monitor those pre-orders to determine what are the most popular options, then narrow down the selection for subsequent Cactus shipments.
There are 10 exterior colours, six interior colours (does purple cloth tickle your fancy?), three mirror casing colours, two wheel colours, two roof-bar colours, five C-pillar accents and four colours for the Cactus' distinctive "Airbump" side trims.
Citroen will launch its Cactus configurator on its website in mid-September, and at the same time will reveal full pricing and specifications.
Right now though, Citroen says that the following list of equipment will likely be standard across the range:
- 7” touch screen display with Satellite Navigation
- Digital radio tuner, six speakers, USB audio input
- Reverse camera with rear parking sensors
- Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity
- Dusk-sensing headlamps, rain-sensing wipers
- Climate control air conditioning
- Cruise control/speed limiter
- Fog lamps
- 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels
- Tyre pressure monitors
- ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control, stability control
- Six airbags
- Leather-upholstered steering wheel
- Height adjustable driver’s seat
- Power front windows, pop-out rear windows
- Central locking
- Centre console and armrest with storage
- Ventilated disc brakes front and drum brakes rear
- "Top box" 8.5L storage compartment
- 12 volt power outlet
- 60/40 split rear seats
- Paddle shifters (diesel only)
- "Aircraft style" handbrake (diesel only)
Available options will include a panoramic glass sunroof and different wheel designs.
Exact pricing will be released in a couple of weeks, however the 81kW/205Nm 1.2 litre petrol will cost around $25,000 with the 68kW/230Nm 1.6 litre diesel expected to retail for slightly less than $30,000.
It's a higher-than-normal price for what is at its core a small hatch with limited power, but Citroen believes the avant-garde styling and well-rounded standard specification of the C4 Cactus will lure in buyers.
“In a market full of same-same styling the C4 Cactus makes a statement and it is one we believe will resonate with Australians," said Citroen Australia General Manager John Startari.
“The C4 Cactus is the best example of products coming from Citroen in the future; fun, vibrant, customisable, efficient, practical and absolutely unique."
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