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Updated Citroën Cactus ready for 2018 launch

  • Second generation of 2016 Citroën’s still-new baby
  • Long history of high-tech suspensions continues
  • Capitalised comfort features launched, too
2018 CACTUS. Image: Citroën / Newspress
2018 CITROEN CACTUS. Image: Citroën / Newspress

PARIS, France – Citroën has unveiled the 2018 version of its C4 Cactus compact hatchback with styling it describes as “bold and modern as ever”.

It’s the first Citroën in Europe to be equipped with the brand’s lastest suspension – being punted as Progressive Hydraulic Cushions (Citroën’s capitals) – for “a magic carpet ride”. It’s also claimed to be the first vehicle in the world to have what the automaker calls “Advanced Comfort” seats.

The cars will reach showrooms globally in the first quarter of 2018.

2018 CACTUS. Image: Citroën / Newspress
2018 CITROEN CACTUS. Image: Citroën / Newspress

It follows the launch of the Cactus in 2016 and the SUV version’s arrival in 2017 with the C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross Citroën so is continuing the roll-out of the brand’s full product offering.

“This new C4 Cactus,” Citroën says, “brings a breath of fresh air to the hatchback segment by blending the singular personality of the car with the comfort of the C4 hatchback.”

‘DISTINCTIVE DESIGN’

The model now has “segment essentials” such as 12 driving-assistance systems, three types of connectivity, and a trio of engines developing as much as 97kW.

With its modern and distinctive design, Citroën  believes, the latest Cactus is said to bring its occupants an all-new experience of well-being.

Citroën engineers say they were inspired by the brand’s technological heritage in terms of hydraulic suspension systems to re-interpret the expertise and make it accessible to the most customers possible – which is where the capitalised hydraulic cushions  and the ‘advanced comfort’ seats come in … though they did not expand on the concepts in this early media information release.

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The latest C4 Cactus has a new front, re-styled wings and doors, and a re-designed rear. “It shakes up the conventional cues in the compact hatchback segment through, ” Citroën says, its well-proportioned and powerful body profile.

2018 CACTUS. Image: Citroën / Newspress
2018 CITROEN CACTUS. Image: Citroën / Newspress

“It’s 2.60m wheelbase and short overhangs ensure compact dimensions for excellent agility and handling to create the spaciousness expected in this segment.”

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Citroën graphic elements help to form the body shape, among them Airbump platic panels on the lower parts of the doors, a “floating roof”, two-tier nose and a 3D-effect diode rear-lights signature. There are also 31 exterior customisation possibilities, nine body colours and four colour packs.

“The uncluttered and welcoming cabin,” Citroën believes, “immediately inspires a feeling of serenity. There are five interior ambiances on offer to create a choice of bright, soft and refined finishes for the cabin.”

2018 CACTUS. Image: Citroën / Newspress
2018 CITROEN CACTUS. Image: Citroën / Newspress

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