New Citroen C4 Cac­tus of­fers plenty of pro­tec­tion, plus a whole lot more

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

SHOP­PING cen­tre dings in your car doors will be a thing of the past with the ar­rival of Citroen’s new Cac­tus small front-wheel-drive SUV.

Two vari­ants will ar­rive early next year: a tur­bocharged petrol man­ual and turbo-diesel semi-au­to­matic.

Cac­tus will bring with it a range of in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies paired to un­par­al­leled cus­tomi­sa­tion and a sixyear war­ranty, ser­vice and sup­port pro­gram. More than 23,000 vari­a­tions of Cac­tus will be avail­able if you count colours, pow­er­train and equip­ment along with op­tions.

It’s called the C4 Cac­tus but is based on a scaled-up Peu­geot 208/ Citroen DS3 plat­form.

Citroen Aus­tralia is pin­ning high hopes on Cac­tus for a brand re­nais­sance in this coun­try. John Star­tari of Citroen Aus­tralia said: “Cac­tus is the best ex­am­ple of prod­ucts com­ing from Citroen in the fu­ture — fun, vi­brant, cus­tomis­able, ef­fi­cient, prac­ti­cal and ab­so­lutely unique.”

The mar­ket Cac­tus en­ters is gen­er­ally pop­u­lated by same-same styling.

Cac­tus comes with a six-year war­ranty, capped-price ser­vic­ing and road­side as­sist pro­gram.

The petrol is a PureTech 81kW/205Nm 1.2L turbo-petrol three­cylin­der en­gine paired to a five-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

The diesel is a 68kW/230Nm 1.6L turbo-diesel paired to a six-speed semi-au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

To op­ti­mise fuel econ­omy, both driv­e­trains have en­gine stop/start and the ve­hi­cle tips the scales at around 1050kg for ben­e­fits to per­for­mance and econ­omy. The petrol re­turns 4.7 litres/100km while the diesel cuts it to a mere 3.6 litres/100km.

Citroen de­sign­ers and engi­neers pur­posely de­vel­oped Cac­tus to turn con­ven­tion on its head. It is a com­pact, space ef­fi­cient five-seater with un­mis­take­able Air­bump cladding of­fer­ing light im­pact pro­tec­tion. Air­bumps are able to with­stand the force of a 40kg shop­ping trol­ley crash­ing into them at 4km/h.

They are patented and prac­ti­cal as well as en­hanc­ing the dis­tinc­tive look of the ve­hi­cle.

In­side is a fully dig­i­tal, in­tu­itive driver/pas­sen­ger in­ter­face with con­trols grouped around a seven-inch touch­pad-style screen ... fit­ted as stan­dard.

The door han­dles are sim­ple straps, the load space is square, a re­verse cam­era and park sen­sors are stan­dard and the glove­box is big.

While fi­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tion is to be con­firmed for Aus­tralia, the C4 Cac­tus is ex­pected to be highly spec­i­fied and start at the mid $20,000 up to around $30,000

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