Following yesterday’s leak, Citroën has fully revealed the Cactus concept which will serve as a preview for upcoming C-line models.
Following yesterday's leak, Citroën has fully revealed the Cactus concept which will serve as a preview for upcoming C-line models.
Drawing its inspiration from the 2007 C-Cactus concept, Citroën wanted a car with styling that "marries the aesthetics with the practical". It comes with so-called "Airbumps" on the sides which represent a supple material that can resist to scratches and also incorporate air capsules which absorb impacts. Although it doesn't really look like one, Citroën says it's a compact hatchback with a 21cm ground clearance and the following dimensions: 4.21m length, 1.75m width and 1.53m height.
On the inside there's a seven-inch screen which has replaced the instrument cluster, while the conventional control buttons were removed to make room for an eight-inch touchscreen. Interestingly, the passenger airbag is installed on the ceiling, and the conventional gear stick has been replaced by push-button controls.
Without going into any details, Citroën says power comes from a new iteration of the firm's Hybrid Air system which includes a PureTech engine and enables the Cactus to have a fuel consumption of less than 3 liters / 100 km (78.4 mpg US or 94.1 mpg UK). The system doesn't require batteries so it doesn't occupy interior space and in urban driving fuel consumption is 45 percent lower compared to a conventional-powered car.
More details are available in the attached press release.