The production version of Citroën’s Cactus Concept will be introduced on February 5, 2014. Exactly five years ago, the DS line was launched. It also marks the 136th anniversary of company founder Andre Citroën. At the launch of the C4 Grand Picasso, Autocar was able to talk to Citroën C Line boss Pierre Monferrini. He confirmed that the production version of the Cactus concept presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show will remain mostly true to the concept version.
He explained that the concept received “very positive” feedback. Citroën will use Cactus as a name for cars that are simple and have well-executed features but will not have some of the more exciting elements.
However, these cars are not budget vehicles. Monferrini hinted that this model won’t be based on Citroën's new corporate EMP2 platform used by the Peugeot 308 as well as on the new C4 Picasso and Grand C4 Picasso models. Instead, the model will receive a different platform from PSA. He said that what matters is not the platform but its weight and its CO2 emissions figure as well as its price.
He mentioned the platforms available for this model include those for the EMP2, the C-Elysee (a budget saloon offered in China), the C4, and the C4 Aircross. He emphasized that there will be few changes to the Cactus’ design from concept to production. While the car features the classic doors and windows, it will still have the sofas, the Air Bump on the doors, and the floating C-pillar.