Citroen has revealed its revised C4 Cactus at a special event in Paris, with the car being repositioned as a fancy hatchback rather than of-the-moment SUV.
Comfort is the key word with the new car – it gains a number of driver assistance systems, as well as an innovative suspension system and 'advanced comfort seats'. Citroen says it has made the foam on the Cactus's seats thicker by 15mm, so that passengers can enjoy the same comfort 'as in their living room armchair'. Challenge accepted, Citroen.
The suspension system has been developed with hydraulics encasing the traditional spring shock absorber setup to provide even greater absorption of lumps and bumps on the road. Speaking of lumps and bumps, other new features include slimmer Air Bumps on the sides of the car, 3D-effect rear LEDs and an upgraded cabin.
Citroen is indeed keen to tout the practicality of the new car – it gets 60/40 split-folding rear seats as standard, which increase the 358-litre boot to 1,170 litres with the seats folded. There are a range of cubbies and storage bins around the cabin, which Citroen describes as 'ingenious and functional'. But of course it would.
The C4 Cactus is available with the latest safety systems, although it's not yet clear what will come as standard. Park assist, reversing camera, lane departure warning system, speed sign recognition and active safety brake are all available on the new car.
When it comes to in-car tech, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Mirrorlink are all available as options, as well as Citroen's Connect Nav with 7-inch screen, which uses TomTom Traffic to update the driver with the latest information, and SOS assistance pack, which can summon the emergency services in the event of an accident.
Engine-wise, the new car is available with three three-cylinder petrol engines (PureTech 82, 110 and 130) and one diesel engine (BlueHDi 100) – all the motors except the entry-level 82 are turbocharged. Transmission options run to five or six-speed manual gearboxes and a six-speed automatic. All engines except the PureTech 82 can be specced with stop-start systems. A BlueHDi 120 engine with auto gearbox and stop-start will follow in autumn 2018, which Citroen says is aimed at high-mileage drivers who prefer automatics.