New Citroen C4 Cactus revealed
27 October 2017
Citroen has released the first images and details of its new C4 Cactus at an event in Paris ahead of the second-generation going on sale in early 2018.
Like the previous version, the Cactus takes a left-field approach to the C-segment hatchback market, with highly distinctive design inside and out and a comfort-biased approach to dynamics - but has added a host of fresh tech, new engines and a wider range of personalisation options.
Linda Jackson, Citroen CEO explained the positioning of the updated C4 Cactus, saying: "It is the most comfortable compact hatch on the market.A stronger identity within the range, improved the quality and the comfort while keeping the individuality."
The biggest change to the second generation Cactus is the adoption of Citroen's high-tech Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension system, which adds a pair of hydraulic stops to the spring and damper system to allow a softer overall ride and reduced disturbance over larger bumps. In addition the Cactus can be specified with the Advanced Comfort seating, with dual-density foam cushions specifically designed for better support. Improved sound insulation including thicker glass and additional sound dead also demonstrates Citroen has paid close attention to making the updated Cactus more comfortable and refined than before, increasing its suitability for longer journeys and higher mileages.
The fleet credentials of the Cactus has been further enhanced by the addition of numerous safety and driver assistance systems for the first time. Final UK specification is yet to be confirmed but features such as automatic emergency braking, coffee break alert and driver attention alert, and also Grip Control for additional traction in a variety of conditions. The tablet-like touchscreen of the previous Cactus has been improved by adding Smartphone interfaces like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while Citroen's own systems Connected Nav and Connected Box with SOS and Assistance have been added for the first time.
The engine line up of the C4 Cactus also reflects an increased awareness of fleet customers, with a broader choice promising improved long distance comfort and a greater choice of petrol options. For the first time the turbocharged 130PS PureTech 130S&S is now offered, with stop start as standard and fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox. Alongside the previously available PureTech 110 and 82 petrols, from launch the BlueHDi 100S&S is expected to be the sole diesel offering until late 2018, when the BlueHDi 120S&S version will be added with the six-speed EAT6 automated manual transmission as standard.
By Matt Joy