Citroën C4 Cactus

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Citroën C4 Cactus
Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi 100 Shine Edition – Frontansicht (3), 2. November 2014, Münster.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Citroën
Production 2014–present
Assembly Spain: Villaverde (Madrid)
Body and chassis
Class Mini crossover
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform PSA PF1 platform
Related Citroën C3
Citroën DS3
Peugeot 208
Powertrain
Engine 1.2 L I3 (petrol)
1.6 L I4 (diesel)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,595 mm (102.2 in)
Length 4,157 mm (163.7 in)
Width 1,729 mm (68.1 in)
Curb weight 965 kg (2,127 lb) - 1,070 kg (2,360 lb)

The Citroën C4 Cactus is a mini crossover, produced by French automaker Citroën in Spain since April 2014. The C4 Cactus is considered as a compact SUV, although it is based on the PSA PF1 platform that underpins the smaller Citroën C3 and DS3. A distinctive design feature is the "Airbump" panels on the car's sides, designed to protect the vehicle from damage in car parks.

The Citroën Cactus concept, presented at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, previewed the production version.[1] The C4 Cactus was presented at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Production and sales[edit]

Citroën C4 Cactus Exclusive (Australia)
Interior

Production started in April 2014, at PSA's factory in Villaverde, Madrid. Sales commenced in France in June 2014. It is a five door SUV in Touch, Feel and Flair trim levels, and is powered by 1.2 L inline-three engine petrol and 1.6 litre inline-four engine diesel engines.[2][3]

In 2016, three further trim levels were added to the C4 Cactus range: Flair Edition, Rip Curl and W. Slow sales of the W have led to the model being dropped from the line up; 30% of Cactus sales in the United Kingdom are of black cars with black Airbumps.

In October 2016, production of the vivid paint colour Lagoon Blue ceased, and was replaced by a new colour Baltic Blue, which is more subtle. A rich dark red called Jelly Red was added to the range of colours available. In May 2017 the popular Shark Grey ceased in favour of Platinum Grey, which is slightly darker and used on the DS4 and the 2016 Dispatch van. In Italy the W is called the Total White edition; there is also a Total Black edition and these models are called One Tone in some markets. There is no Total Black in the UK but it can be configured and would need black gloss wheels to conform.

Cactus is sold in Australia and New Zealand, Malaysia, China, South Africa and South America and so it is a 'world car' in that respect.

The Cactus was tested by Euro NCAP, and scored very highly in the pedestrian safety test, the best in its class, due to the car's curved shape at the front. This achievement is matched by few other cars tested.

The Rip Curl is a collaboration with the surfing brand of the same name and is marketed as a more adventure based vehicle, with its 'Grip Control' feature meaning the driver can adjust the car to driving on either tarmac, snow, mud or ice. This works by the ECU adjusting the power delivery to each of the front wheels independently, based on whichever wheel has more grip at any one moment. Aside from fourseason Goodyear tyres, all other changes are purely aesthetic, with 'Rip Curl' graphics and orange seat belts amongst the differences.[4]

The W trim is an all white model, with a Pearl White body colour, plus white door mirrors, door handles, roof bars and alloy wheels.[5]

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Claire Bal, May 23, 2014, "Citroen C4 Cactus brings Madrid factory back to life" ''Automotive News Europe''". Europe.autonews.com. 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  2. ^ "Citroën France". Citroen.fr. 2015-09-15. Retrieved 2015-09-23. 
  3. ^ Catalogue de la Revue Automobile 2014 ISBN 978-3-613-30768-1 p. 180.
  4. ^ "Citroen C4 Cactus Rip Curl edition rolls in (surf board not included)". AutoExpress. 2016-05-25. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 
  5. ^ "Citroen Launches C4 Cactus W Special Edition In The UK". CarScoops. 2016-07-28. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  6. ^ "World Car of the Year 2015 revealed". Retrieved 2015-04-07. 
  7. ^ "Citroën C4 Cactus Wins Car Design News Award for ‘Production Car of the Year’ - Citroën United Kingdom". Citroen.co.uk. 2015-03-05. Retrieved 2015-09-23.