A couple of days ago, Citroen has revealed the new Cactus concept with the sole aim of making your time on the road a more pleasurable experience.
You may not be one of them, however a lot of buyers get frustrated with the complication in modern cars. Too many levers, confusing buttons and options. The eternal need to spend months with your nose jammed in the instruction book just to learn your car. Obviously many of these people also want comfort, instead of a sportiness they will never use. So the Cactus provides just that: a more straightforward, bread and butter if you will, more transparent and more sociable take on life on the road.
The design seems to be deceptively smooth but simple at the same time. It's a possible risky move away from fashion's thrusting creases. The rounded shape is not that aggressive, however not all drivers are going for the aggresive look.
The interior comes with a lot of space and money for what the target audience really want. So the dash is pared right back in shape and size. The instruments, entertainment, nav and climate are all done by screens. The air vents are separated from the main dash too, and the passenger airbag is up by the sun visor. Result is a dramatic top opened glove box and a feeling of spaciousness.
We can certainly not expect fluff such as electric seats, or complex rear-seat recline and fold mechanisms, or adjustable suspension nor a selection of driving modes. These things are just a distraction for the C4 Cactus's intended buyers. They add cost and weight (and not really get used) for the intended market.
The show-car uses the company's HybridAir system, where a cheap and light compressed air tank is used to store excess energy, instead of a heavy expensive battery. But that's not production-ready yet. Still, with the lowered weight and lack of power-based mechanisms, we may expect a modest consumption for the Cactus.
The C4 Cactus will launch early next year, most likely in February.
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