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.
The first goal with Citroen Cactus was to make space inside for both the driver and passengers, giving them more comfort and user-friendliness and, consequently, more relaxation.
The new structural approach likewise informs the front seats, which were built sofa-style for additional comfortability and human warmth.
Extra comfort is likewise conveyed by the panoramic roof, thermally treated to allow the light but not the heat. It shields passengers from UVs with innovation like that which is utilized for category-4 sunglasses.
The second objective with Citroen Cactus interior was to give a sophisticated and loose environment. The interior format arranges for a lot of space and concentrates on authentic and natural materials. The seats and doors are upholstered in a mixture of two materials emanating from contemporary furniture: a blue heathered-cotton texture and natural "camel" leather (vegetable tanned) likewise utilized on the dashboard and steering wheel.
In a gesture to the baggage segment, the design of the door handles and the storage room on the upper part of the dashboard was enhanced by embellishing travel-trunk components.
The design options for Citroen Cactus were guided not just by interior design intelligence but also by a radical approach to the vehicle. Citroen Cactus provides drivers a fresh motoring experience and complete feeling of serenity, reuniting them with the satisfaction and freedom innate in vehicle travel - a simplistic, communal, daily pleasure.