Citroen Australia wants Cactus

Push for interesting new Citroen model to be offered down-under.

The distinctive side-panels are called ‘Airbump’ which Citroen says ‘provides real day-to-day protection, as the supple TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) skin comprises air capsules to absorb impacts’.

Say hello to the C4 Cactus, a new offering that the French marque believes will offer a real alternative to the compact hatchbacks currently on the market.

Unveiled today, designers have worked to shed as much weight as possible in the Cactus, the end result is a vehicle that weighs just 965kgs, that’s 200kgs less than a standard C4 Citroen.

That light-weight design helps the diesel version of the cactus use as little as just 3.1L/100km!

While engine specifications are yet to be released, we do know a petrol engine will also be offered.

Inside the cabin the Cactus features a fully digital interface, wide sofa-style seats and a world first – the front passenger air-bag is located in the roof!

Not surprisingly Citroen Australia would like to get their hands on the Cactus and offer it to local buyers. A statement from Citroen has confirmed the local operation has already expressed interest in bringing the car to Australia.

“We are still very interested and we want to make this available for Australians,” says Citroen Automobiles Australia National Marketing Manager, Manuel Tyras.

“We’ve put a business proposal to PSA in Paris and we are in the initial stages of review now that we know a RHD is available. Things should be a lot clearer in the second half of this year.”

The cabin features wide sofa-style seats and a 7-inch touch screen.

Joel Helmes