More Than Just a Concept Car: 2014 Citroen C4 Cactus Arrives in Time for Valentines

Posted on 09 January 2014 by Tony Santos

Citroen C4 Cactus

Say it with flowers is a phrase that is often associated with Valentines and let’s be honest, if you gave your loved one a cactus they might not be that pleased.

Unless of course you were talking about the Citroen C4 Cactus, which is due to arrive in the showroom in time for Valentine’s Day in February.

Sneak preview

The Citroen retail group is expecting to unveil the new C4 Cactus in February 2014 and some motoring spies got a sneak preview of the concept car at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show.

The production version that will be hitting Citroen showrooms across the UK very shortly was spotted recently undertaking secret tests, revealing that the front-end of the latest addition to the C-line family has undergone some significant changes with additional detailing and a rounded body.

The concept

There was a tangible buzz of excitement around the Citroen stand at Frankfurt and the Cactus is intended to represent a new back-to-basics design policy for the French car maker’s c-line models.

Citroen are keen to stress that this is not going to be a budget model but the aim is to stay competitive on pricing compared to rival manufacturer’s models. The intention is that the C4 Cactus will be an addition to their range rather than being considered as a replacement for the existing C4.

Design

The new C4 Cactus is actually slightly shorter than a C4 and the same height as a DS3, but achieves a slimmer profile due to a raised floor pan and has more of a semi-crossover look and feel about it.

The keyword that Citroen designers are keen to use is simplicity, and they have adopted a less-is-more kind of approach to the design, which they have so successfully achieved with iconic models like the 2CV in the past.

The rounded bodywork simply flows as you pass your eyes over it and the clean, slimline headlights are the same ones used on the new C4 Picasso range. A somewhat quirky but nevertheless very useful design feature on the Cactus that the designers are particularly proud of is an innovation they refer to as Airbump.

Airbump is a series of grey inserts that you can see at the front, rear and sides of the car, which are made from a durable material which is then dotted with supple pockets of air. Think bumper car with style and you get an idea of the thinking, providing protection from everyday minor bumps and scrapes without detracting from the overall look.

Engine

The first models off the production line will feature conventional petrol and diesel engines but watch out for the introduction of their Hybrid Air Powertrain, which combines a conventional petrol engine and automatic gearbox with a hydraulic pump and motor which is powered by compressed air not a battery.

This technology promises to deliver fuel economy that gets close to 95mpg and is very much in the future plans for later models.

The C4 Cactus will be unveiled in February 2014 and available to order, but will not actually hit the showrooms for about another six months.

So if you want to say it with a Cactus on Valentines you better get your order in.

Rhys Schofield is a complete petrolhead. He enjoys writing about new designs and technology on car blogs.

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