Citroen C4 Cactus: World Premiere Restyling
In Paris, we are going to discover the secrets of the new Citroen C4 Cactus cell and its new commercial mission.
When it appeared for the first time on the market, in 2014, the Citroen C4 Cactus revolutionized the design of Double Chevron by becoming the basis for any current model. Well, now she is renewed, many would call it a restyling, but actually, it is much more. In fact, it changes its commercial mission: it will no longer be a crossover out of the charts but will turn Citroen's tops into the most comfortable compact vehicle of the market.
To do so, it is on the suspension with hydraulic progressive stop and on new seats with embossed foam designed to stay soft and comfortable even after years. The idea is to re-launch in a very fought segment the comfort of the mythical DS pointing too much on the acoustics, as the new C4 Cactus gains new sound-absorbing material even on the floor and the thicker glasses. Of course, the price to pay is 40 kg higher than the current model, but we still talk about a 125 kg car lower than that of a competitor.
And here comes the beautiful one? The designated competitors of C4 Cactus are the cars of the C segment, such as Ford Focus and Renault Megane. In fact, the C4 Cactus 2018 is shorter than about 20 cm and loses about 5 cm in the pace of its rivals, so it is riding a segment of a segment B and a segment C but the interior design allows it to offer a spacious passenger compartment and a more than decent luggage with a load capacity of 358 liters. On the other hand, the 130-hp version of the Puretech comes from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.7 seconds, while a 125 hp Focus EcoBoost takes 11 seconds to reach the same speed as start-stop.
In short, there are pros and cons, such as the rear window compasses that remain to leave more room for rear passenger elbows, but also for cost reasons: since replacing them would have led to redesigning a key area of the car.
In addition, the rear side windows are one of the distinctive features of the C4 Cactus which is now more elegant but less bold than the car that is about to replace. In fact, the AirBump are less obvious but remain adorned, the black front posts offer the suspended roof effect, and the calendar is also stretched to cool mechanics better. Less plastic overall, and some chrome plating, such as the one at the bottom of the front, new optical units with 3D LED backlights that give a good eye. The ground clearance slightly above the average still reflects on a crossover, but the more polished design has been revised to fit the segment C. A repositioning that is also the son of the current situation of the range, with C3 Aircross that would risk cannibalizing the C4 Cactus first way.
The cockpit also renounces some of the particular features of the current version such as the front seat that becomes unique and the automatic push-button control. On the other hand, the finishes are improved, 5 environments are available, even with leather and tassel, and the brightness is emphasized with the panoramic roof. There is also an infotainment capable of reproducing the latest generation smartphone screen on the 7-inch touchscreen.
Safety is at its highest thanks to 12 driving aids ranging from automatic emergency braking to Grip Control, passing through other devices such as blind angle monitoring and speed limit detector.
At the level of engines, we find the renowned 1.2 PureTech 3 cylinders of gasoline from 82 hp, 110 hp, and 130 hp, and 1.6 BlueHdi from 100 hp and 120 hp. In addition to the 6-speed manual gearbox, it is also possible to have the EAT6 automatic transmission with the PureTech 110 and BlueHDi 120 (Autumn 2018) engines. The available outfits will be 3, but prices have not yet been announced, as the car will arrive in the spring, although we can tell you that they will be in the "core" of segment C.