NO MORE TROLLEY DINGS
New Citroen C4 Cactus offers plenty of protection, plus a whole lot more
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