Citroen teases the Cactus Concept ahead of 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) debut

Article by Christian A., on August 28, 2013

Citroen is coming with a cactus at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA)! No, not with a plant… the French manufacturer will bring its new Citroen Cactus Concept in Germany next month. The new concept car is believed to show Citroen’s new design language and as some sources revealed it actually previews company’s next generation of C-line vehicles that will be introduced next year.

The next-generation Citroen C3 might also use design elements seen on the new Cactus Concept. For those who don’t know, Citroen used the cactus name before, in the stylish C-Cactus Concept, which might also inspire the new Cactus.

Few details are available from the teaser image and as you can see in the photo the new car might show new headlights just like the ones seen on the recently introduced C4 Picasso. Black plastic is also seen, which means that the new vehicle could adopt a more rugged look.

In developing the Citroen Cactus, the first goal was to make sure that there was enough space not only for the driver but also for the passengers. This meant the interior needed to be user-friendly allowing for more ease and resulting in more comfort. The new architectural approach employed on the interior is present in the front seats which have been designed to have a style similar to a sofa and thus offer that added human warmth and comfort.

The addition of a panoramic roof helps with the extra comfort, considering that it has been thermally treated to allow light inside but not the heat. Further, the roof has been treated with technology similar to category-4 sunglasses and thus ensure protection against UV for the passengers. Still on the interior, the use of the floating and slender dashboard means that the floor below is freed.

The upper portion meanwhile gives the passenger sitting in the front with ample storage space that can be accessed easily. To make the design of the dashboard possible, the brand utilized a 100% digital interface. Examples include placing the passenger airbag on the ceiling and using a 7-inch screen rather than an instrument cluster. Another change was that instead of control buttons, there is now the 8-inch touchscreen where all vehicle functions can be managed.

These include, among others, audio, satellite navigation, air conditioning, driver aids, and connected services. Helping as well is the use of push-button controls, placed on the dashboard’s lower region, instead of the usual gearstick. There are also the paddles placed on the steering wheel.

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