Citroen officially unveiled the 2014 C-Cactus, a new crossover that promises to deliver a futuristic blend of form, function & low running costs. Clearly inspired by the Citroen Cactus Concept unveiled back in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new vehicle introduces the Airbump, an exclusive technology available only at Citroen.
Airbump is fitted to the sides of the car and bumpers, this technology adds a graphic structure and is available in four colours: Black, Grey, Dune & Chocolate. These colours can be matched with the ten body colours and three choices of interior trim (Sone Grey Ambiance, Habana Highlight & Purple Highlight). Citroen says that the C4 Cactus has a length of 4.16 m, a width of 1.73 m and a height of 1.48 m, while the wheelbase has a length of 2.60 m.
Citroen says that the C4 Cactus is 200 kg lighter than the Citroen C4. Weight-reducing features such as an aluminum bonnet, pop-out rear windows (-11kg) & a single-piece folding rear bench (-6kg) help the car achieve this impressive wight reduction.
Some of the highlights of the exterior design are the pure and smooth surfaces, flowing lines, free of harsh edges, floating quarter-lights and floating roof, high-tech light signature with daytime-running LEDS lights and headlights built into the Airbump protection at the front. The futuristic theme is continued also at the interior, where the C4 Cactus comes with a low dashboard with horizontal lines, that create more space for the front passengers and offers easily accessible range.
The ‘Airbag In Roof’ technology is also new and transfers the passenger airbag into the roof and deploys it over the windscreen. Moreover, the conventional control buttons are replaced by a 7-inch touchscreen, while the traditional instrument cluster was replaced by a digital screen. On Efficient Tronic Gearbox (ETG) versions, the gear lever is replaced by an ‘Easy Push’ system.
This simplified function comprises a ‘Drive, Neutral, Reverse’ (D,N,R) selection control on the lower fascia and steering wheel paddles to allow the driver to change gears manually. Other design highlights are the door handles that take the form of luggage inspired leather straps, storage compartment on the top part of the dashboard with hinge fittings and a relief pattern.
C4 Cactus comes with automatic air conditioning, navigation, media (digital radio, audio streaming, connection of mobile devices & functions to store music or display photos), driving aids (reversing camera, Park Assist, programmable speed limiter & cruise control), telephone (hands-free function via Bluetooth, phonebook access, display of profile photos & double call management), connected services (Citroën Multicity Connect portal via a 3G connection) and parameter settings (including an interactive on-board manual).
Although Citroen didn’t give us any details regarding the engines used by the C4 Cactus, the French manufacturer said that the diesel engine fitted on this model will use just 3.1 liters of fuel per 100 km and will emit only 82 g of CO2 per km. [source: Citroen]