Since its release in 2014, the Citroen C4 Cactus has always been loved by car enthusiasts, thanks to its quirky look. But for 2018, it seems like the French automaker plans to give the compact hatchback a more conventional look instead. Aside from that, the automaker will be giving it substantial upgrades, inside and out - from a softer suspension to a floating-roof design. Plus, customers will have over 31 exterior combinations to choose from.
But if you were a huge fan of the C4 Cactus’ original look, there’s nothing to worry about because some of the design cues still carry over. These include the Airbump side panels but these have been minimized and moved further down to the bottom sill. The sleek headlights also remain from the 2014 model year. The company explains that the C4 will still be bold, while it “gains enhanced status”.
For the exterior, customers can choose from nine colour options including Polar White, Platinum Grey, Sport Red and some others. The body can then be paired with your choice of five different alloy wheels - from 16-inch grey and black square designs on the lower trim models, or the 17-inch cross wheel that is available in several colours too.
As for the oily bits, the C4 is available in a range of PureTech three-cylinder gas engine options. From the base model that has 82 horsepower (61 kilowatts) and that is paired to a five speed manual gearbox, to the PureTech 110 that gives out 110 horsepower (82 kilowatts) mated with either a five speed manual or a six speed automatic, and the last would be the 130 horsepower (96 kilowatts) PureTech that can also be had with either an automatic or a manual gearbox. Buyers are not limited to these though, as there is also the BlueHDi diesel engine that will be available later on. This one can produce 100 horsepower (74 kW) and when equipped with the S&S EAT6 automatic gearbox, it can be pushed to 120 horsepower (89 kW).
The C4 Cactus comes standard with technology like a mirror screen function that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink connectivity, a navigation system, and an emergency geolocation call and assistance service. As an option, you could get 12 driver assistance systems that feature lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, grip control, and many others.
To keep the cabin looking upscale, it can be dressed in five different interior colour options. There is the Standard ambience which is a combination of Mica Grey fabric seats, the Hype Grey ambiance that has Black Grained Leather seats and a grey dash, and the Metropolitan Red ambiance where seats are in Beige Silica Fabric with a dark red dash.
You can get the Citroen C4 in early 2018 when it becomes available in dealerships. Pricing has not yet been released.