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Grown-up New Citroen C4 Cactus Ditches Quirky Styling

October 27, 2017

New Citroen C4 Cactus
New Citroen C4 Cactus

Can you believe it’s already been four years after the playful Citroen C4 Cactus has been introduced to the market with its lively personality and unconventional design language? Citroën recently unveiled the upgraded new C4 Cactus compact hatchback, and even though the French car-maker decided to ditch the quirky looks, the newcomer still appears to have lots of personality.

The new car is modern and good-looking for sure, but it’s a pity that the playful quirky exterior that the previous C4 Cactus was renowned for has, in a way, been done away with in an attempt to create a more up-market hatchback. The new C4 Cactus has been substantially upgraded, but luckily all is not lost and a few design cues from the original Cactus do carry over. The new car’s styling is as bold and modern as ever and even though it is less eccentric, most would agree that it is a much more attractive package overall.

New Citroen C4 Cactus
New Citroen C4 Cactus

Even though it is much less prominent, the rubberised door-protecting ‘Airbump’ panels are still present, but has been moved from the centre of the door panel to the bottom sill and gives the vehicle a cleaner appearance. The front and rear bumpers have been redesigned to give the new cactus a more modern look, and fortunately the sexy, sleek headlights remain. The new Cactus also features a floating-roof design, and more than 31 different exterior combinations to choose from.

New Citroen C4 Cactus
New Citroen C4 Cactus

On the inside, changes to the new Cactus are less significant and many interior design elements has been carried over from its predecessor. There is a new contrasting colour strip on the seats and various material upgrades help to lift the perceived quality in the interior. The new car also has new softer suspension called Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ (PHC), and the seats have been upgraded with new foam inside to dramatically increase driver comfort.

New safety and driver assistance systems on the C4 Cactus include automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, a blindspot monitoring system, parking assistance, a reversing camera and a driver fatigue monitor. There are also three connective technologies with support for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and MirrorLink connectivity as well as a navigation system.

New Citroen C4 Cactus
New Citroen C4 Cactus

At launch, three 3-cylinder petrol engines will be available with a diesel to follow a little later during the car’s production. The base model produces 61 kW and comes paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox. There is also an 82 kW version that can be paired with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, and the range-topper is a 96-kW with the same transmission options as the latter.

Even though Citroen is no more in South Africa and unfortunately we can’t have one, the New C4 Cactus is set to shake up the market in 2018 in other parts of the world.

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