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Sun-Seeking Citroen e-M?hari To Make 2016 Production Debut Photo:
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Kez Casey | Dec, 08 2015 | 0 Comments

Following the surfer-centric Concept M shown at Frankfurt earlier this year, Citroen has announced it will be putting the open-roofed C4 Cactus variant into production in the second quarter of 2016.

To be built in collaboration with electric vehicle manufacturer Bolloré, the new model is to be called the e-Méhari, providing an electric twist to Citroen’s original open-topped go-anywhere Méhari, built between 1968 and 1988.

The e-Méhari will offer up to 200km of electric range in the city and be able to reach a top speed of 110km/h courtesy of Lithium Metal Polymer batteries supplied by the Bolloré Group.

Charge time is rated at eight hours from a 16-amp charge station socket, or 13 hours from a 10-amp domestic plug.

In keeping with the original Concept M’s beachside ethos, the e-Méhari will be available with a watersports-inspired orange-red interior, or a more sedate beige option, both made from a plastic-coated fabric and completely waterproof.

A choice of four exterior colours is available for the thermoformed plastic body, with blue, orange, yellow and beige modelled after the original Méhari’s colour pallette.

Like the original, the new version features ribbed door panels, while still maintaing Citroen's modern four light front.

Both the interior and exterior of the car are designed to be low maintenance and can simply be hosed out.

In the move from Concept M to production the chopped windscreen and rear roll bar have been replaced with a more upright screen and four-post roll frame. A fold-away roof can be clipped into place to cover the front or rear of the car, or side windows - in sections or as a whole.

The disappointing news for plug-in fun seekers however is that initially Citroen won’t be offering the e-Méhari outside of France, where it will go on sale in time for the European spring.

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