Citroen Cactus M Concept unveiled at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 15, 2015

Citroen unveiled a revised version of the C4 Cactus – the Citroen Cactus M concept -- at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show

Just like the C4 Cactus, the Cactus M has the looks as well as the functionality of an SUV, highlighted by its design and features. For instance, the Cactus M is accorded with dynamic sculpted lines both at the front and rear as well as with thick pillars and a 60-degree raked windscreen.

It is also equipped with tall and narrow tires for increased wheel diameter and a taller body. Additionally, the concept is accentuated with sculpted wheel arches.

The color finish and flowing lines seen on the exterior continue inside the cabin – leaving a strong notion that the Cactus M is really a singular molded object.

Exterior Design

The Citroen Cactus M Concept draws some inspiration from the Citroen Aircross Concept, particularly on the design of the bumpers and the door mirrors.

The door mirrors, as well as the solid metal tow hooks, exude a sense of both protection and quality. Citroen’s Cactus M concept was designed to be an open-air vehicle just like the Mehari, giving occupants a first-hand experience of their surroundings.

With two long doors, the Citroen Cactus M leaves a strong impression of its compact overall dimensions. Each of these doors is designed to easily open and close. Since they are molded from plastic, the doors are lighter. Additionally, the one-piece doors feature the same Airbump concept found on the C4 Cactus, with thermoformed TPU coating serving as their second skin.

This coating, also found on the concept’s bumpers, is knock-, scratch-, saltwater, and sand-resistant – making the Cactus M suitable for the beach and allowing customers to enjoy the sea and the sun without any reservations. After all, the concept – including its materials, technologies, shapes and colors – was designed and developed to allow its owners to enjoy the holidays or their free time sans any practical concern. Also, the Cactus M’s exterior is wrapped in a beach-like color – Hawaiian Blue.

Just like the Mehari, the hinges on the Cactus M concept are visible. Its open-air design has been inspired by the surfing spirit. In fact, the wood effect on the rear arch and the windscreen pillars of the Cactus M concept is reminiscent of the way surfboard makers customize their boards.

Furthermore, the wheels’ styling resembles a floral wetsuit design. Meanwhile, the cabin of the Cactus M concept features a design resembling the hull of a boat.

Interior Design

To capture the outgoing character of the concept, the interior is pampered with the functional qualities of a boat hull. Moreover, all the materials on the concept have been selected or treated to resist the elements.

It features draining foot wells and water- and salt-resistant fabric on the seats, which means that customers could enter the Cactus M without worrying about drying themselves first. In addition, the concept’s upholstery and dashboard trim take on a wetsuit design and are made from neoprene fabric.

This fabric does not only provide more warmth to the cabin but also makes the seats more waterproof and easier to dry. With its SUV looks, the Citroen Cactus M concept is also as practical. For instance, its rear side panels each feature a hollowed-out step to allow second row occupants to get into their seats just by stepping over the waistline.

This means that rear passengers do not have to open door or fold the front seats forward just to enter the vehicle and go on to their seats. Also, the practicality of the concept is noticeable with the available stowage compartments inside, like the large front door bins.

Customers can access the boot from the outside and even attach two surfboards using a specific lashing system. As practical and stylish as it is, the Citroen Cactus M is also agile and able. It makes use of the Grip Control feature and its tall and narrow tires to cope with even the harshest roads and gradients.

This feature could adapt to any road situation and optimize traction as needed. As an added convenience, drivers could choose between four modes -- normal, all-terrain, snow and sand – as they see fit through the dashboard selector located to the left of the steering wheel.

While the Cactus M concept is an open-air vehicle, it comes with an innovative roof that could protect occupants from the elements. This roof is located in the double-floor boot and is installed by hand. Once installed, the roof stretches around the Cactus M concept through an inflation system that features a compressor located at the rear of the vehicle.

Once the correct position is achieved, the three tubes holding the top will be inflated by air coming from the compressor. Customers could also turn the roof into a free-standing tent that folds out at the rear of the Cactus M, thereby allowing them to rest or sleep outside of the vehicle. Likewise, the rear seat can be tilted to become an extension of the boot, turning into a ‘couchette.’

Press Release

A new Citroën concept car, inspired by the Méhari, will premiere at this year's Frankfurt International Motor Show. The concept is called Citroën Cactus M and boasts a bright, upbeat personality. The Citroën Cactus M places leisure at the heart of the automotive experience. At ease on all types

A new Citroën concept car, inspired by the Méhari, will premiere at this year's Frankfurt International Motor Show. The concept is called Citroën Cactus M and boasts a bright, upbeat personality.

The Citroën Cactus M places leisure at the heart of the automotive experience. At ease on all types of terrain and in all situations, the Cactus M concept inspires a sense of well-being, freedom and escape.

An open-air crossover: The Cactus M has 'go-anywhere' looks, builds on the approach suggested by the Citroën C4 Cactus and clearly expresses its family ties with the Citroën Aircross concept that was presented at the Shanghai Motor Show in April. The wings are sculpted around the wheel arches for a more compact, muscular look. The upright windscreen, raised body and large wheels underline its personality as a leisure vehicle. Along the sides, the large plastic doors add a lightweight, protective touch, giving the vehicle its signature look. This design brings to mind the renowned Méhari, a vehicle created with the same 'go-anywhere' philosophy in mind. The cabin is completely open, connecting the occupants to their surrounding environment. Passengers access the seats in row two by climbing over the sides of the car, using the built in steps on either side at the rear.

Ingenious, with a strong focus on leisure: Through its design, the Citroën Cactus M turns leisure into a lifestyle, and places fun at the heart of the automotive experience. The interior illustrates this approach, using materials inspired by open-air activities. Ready for all sorts of adventures, the cabin can even be hosed down thanks to the drainage outlets integrated in the foot wells. Inspired by the world of surfing, the seats are designed to resemble wetsuits and are upholstered in a brightly coloured neoprene waterproof fabric. The Citroën Cactus M is a modular vehicle, with a rear arch that enables passengers to carry all their equipment, such as wakeboards or surfboards. Everything is designed for comfort, ease of use and peace of mind.

At ease on all types of terrain: The Citroën Cactus M concept has also been designed to head off the beaten track, to explore and open up new horizons. Whatever the activity, weather or road conditions, everything is designed to ensure a relaxing ride for the occupants. On all types of terrain, the Grip Control function optimises traction for a assured ride anywhere. The Cactus M also inspires a sense of extreme freedom with a modular cabin that turns into a 'couchette' and a roof that can be made into a tent. The inflatable roof features an innovative operating mechanism and provides welcome protection in the event of rain. The Citroën Cactus M concept also features on-board technologies for everyday use with all the helpful equipment found on the C4 Cactus. This includes the central Touch Drive interface and the Easy Push gearbox system.
The Cactus M concept is a modern take on the values that led to the development of the Méhari. These values relate to comfort, well-being and leisure, which have always been part of Citroën's expertise. When viewed alongside the C4 Cactus and the Aircross concept, the Citroën Cactus M concept clearly illustrates the vitality of the brand and the coherence of its approach.



One year on from the launch of the C4 Cactus, Citroën will display a new take on the model at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show.

The SUV looks of the Cactus M, previously suggested by the C4 Cactus, are underlined by its specific styling and features. The strong sculpted lines, at the front and rear, convey a sense of power. The use of tall and narrow tyres made it possible to increase wheel diameter, resulting in an increased body height. This impression is reinforced by the sculpted wheel arches. The robust and compact look of the Cactus M is underlined by the 60° rake of the windscreen and the thickness of the pillars, conveying a sense of strength.

The design of the bumpers and the door mirrors was inspired by the Citroën Aircross concept. The solid metal tow hooks and door mirrors suggest protection and quality. These styling attributes position the Citroën Cactus M concept in the world of SUVs and reflect the ties between the two concepts.

Like the Méhari in its time, the Cactus M concept was designed as an open-air vehicle. It seeks to bring passengers closer to their surroundings and to make life easier.

The Citroën Cactus M has two long doors, further underlining the impression of compact overall dimensions. The design of these moulded plastic one-piece doors makes them particularly easy to open and close , while also reducing overall vehicle weight. The doors use the same Airbump® concept as on C4 Cactus with their thermoformed TPU coating. This 'second skin', which is also used on the bumpers, resists knocks and scratches as well as salt water and sand. The concept has been designed with visible hinges, just like the renowned Méhari, which also had ABS plastic bodywork.

Inspired by the surfing spirit, the Citroën Cactus M concept is completely open to the outside world. The wood effect on the rear arch and the windscreen pillars brings to mind the way surfboard manufacturers customise their boards. The cheerful design of the wheels resembles a floral wetsuit design.


The beach, sand, salt and water are all considered incompatible with cars. However, the Cactus M was designed for this environment, allowing users to enjoy an intense, uncompromising leisure experience. The choice of shapes, materials, technologies and colours was guided by a desire to enable users to pursue their chosen leisure experience, while freeing them from all practical concerns.

The overall design of the cabin resembles the hull of a boat. The flowing lines are a continuation of the exterior design and the impression of the car being a singular moulded object is emphasised by the use of the same colour – Hawaii Blue – both inside and out. This bright, optimistic colour points to the cheery character of the Cactus M concept and encourages users to head for the open road.

Looking beyond appearance, the functional qualities of a boat hull are also reflected in the overall design. The Citroën Cactus M concept is the ideal partner for an expedition and all the materials used have been selected or treated to resist the elements. With the draining foot wells, and seats in water and salt-resistant fabric, occupants who have been surfing or swimming in the sea can get into the car without drying or rinsing themselves off. The whole cabin can even be hosed out.

The Cactus M has an attractive, functional interior. The upholstery and dashboard trim were designed to resemble wetsuits. The brightly coloured neoprene fabric adds warmth to the cabin and underlines the vehicle's 'fun' side. It also increases the waterproof qualities of the seats and reduces the time required for them to dry.

The Citroën Cactus M concept is designed for practicality. The rear side panels each have a hollowed-out step to enable passengers to get into the seats in row two by stepping over the waist line. This solution makes for easier access and creates a sense of freedom for passengers in the rear who do not need to open the door or fold the front seats forward. Inside, a range of functional stowage compartments are available including the large front door bins, each enclosed by a net. The boot is accessed from the outside and two surfboards can be attached using a specific lashing system. Citroën's styling teams created two surfboards in the colours of the concept car to demonstrate this.

The character and strong personality of the Cactus M concept car is inspired by the 1968 Méhari and the seaside world associated with this legendary model. A number of styling features, such as the door opening straps and single central windscreen wiper bring to mind the automotive design of the time. Similarly, the headrests are designed to resemble boat fenders, bringing to mind the marine environment associated with open-air vehicles.


Designed for people looking for wide open spaces, the Cactus M concept is the ideal partner for adventure. Through its technologies and innovations, it overcomes any obstacles relating to the weather or bumpy terrain.

The Citroën Cactus M combines Grip Control with tall and narrow tyres, increasing agility and enabling it to cope with the toughest roads and gradients. Grip Control adapts to all situations to optimise traction in any circumstances. Using a dashboard selector to the left of the steering wheel, the driver can choose between four modes, normal, all-terrain, snow or sand.

The Cactus M concept was designed as an open-air vehicle, but is able to adapt to any type of weather with its innovative roof. Located in the double-floor boot, this roof is installed by hand and stretches around the vehicle using an innovative inflation system.Air inflates three tubes that hold the top in the correct position. Inflation is activated by a compressor at the rear of the vehicle.

With its modular interior and this innovative roof system, the Citroën Cactus M promotes spontaneity and freedom. For example, the Cactus M can be turned into a bivouac for two people, extending the outdoor experience. By means of an ingenious tilting mechanism, the rear seat can become an extension of the boot, create a 'couchette'. Users can either sleep in the open or under cover, using the inflation function to turn the roof into a freestanding tent. This tent folds out at the rear of the vehicle, enabling two people measuring 1.80m in height to stand upright. No more limits stand in the way of the quest for discovery.

For the roof and the tent, Citroën has worked with two companies who are well known in the sector. For the structure and safety of the tent, the brand called upon ATIC, experts in inflatable structures for extreme conditions. To make the fabric, they worked with Jonathan & Fletcher, who are experts in technical textiles for extreme sports.

Looking beyond its innovations, the Citroën Cactus M is also enjoyable to drive every day as it has all the driving comfort and technologies present on the production C4 Cactus. One year on from the launch of the production car, this concept illustrates the potential of the C4 Cactus as the basis for new models, as well as the extraordinary possibilities for deploying Citroën's brand positioning through different body styles.

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