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Citroën C4 Cactus

Citroën C4 Cactus (France, 2014)

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Citroën unveiled the model C4 Cactus in 2014, the first renewal of the C-line. The air bumpers is the major feature of the vehicle that wants to make a statement in the C-segment through low weight and low ownership cost.

The compact SUV features a design that aims to combine the most popular lines in the current vehicles in this segment with more avantgarde elements, stepping away from the mainstream vehicles. This is indeed a strategy for the new Citroën C-line, cheaper models than the DS line, but still more expensive than most rival models. The highlight of design innovation clearly comes with the air bumper on the doors, developed to protect against hazards in city traffic.

The interior of the C4 Cactus is equally radical. It has a control panel that was placed further back and simplified. With only 12 buttons the panel has a functional but stylish appearance simultaneously.  No rev counter was included, there is no center console and the automatic version doesn't have a gear lever. Furthermore, there is no asymmetric division the rear seats.

The highlight of engineering in C4 Cactus was the achieved weight reduction. The initial weight of the car is 980kg, a number 60kg lighter than the Ford Fiesta. Weight reduction has also been achieved in the engines.

The C4 Cactus is available with the engines 81hp 1.0 VTi three-cylinder turbo, the THP 108hp, the eHDI 91hp and the 99hp BlueHDI. The latter emits 82g/km of CO2. While none of these engines is extremely potent, according to Citroën the power-to-weight ratio allows for an acceptable performance. The model is available with manual and automatic transmission.

The Citroën model is based on the PSA' platform 1, the same used in the Citroën C3 and the Peugeot 208 and despite being smaller than much of its rivals there is a huge difference in weight. For example it is 215kg lighter than the Ford Focus Ecoboost and 150kg lighter than the Golf 1.2 three cylinders . This was achieved thanks to the use of high-strength steel and with the aluminum hood, besides the one-piece rear seat and also the absence of electric motors for the rear windows.



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