C4 Cactus as bold as original

The new Citroen C4 Cactus.
The new Citroen C4 Cactus.

It was always going to be interesting to see how Citroën would follow their C4 Cactus when a new model was being launched. Its unique Airbump protection padding on the doors was something new and while it may have look a little strange it didn’t seem to deter too many buyers.

Citroën would probably claim that it attracted some people. Those Airbump panels are now less prominent and placed on the lower parts of the doors.

Their new follow-up model is on the way and from initial views it remains as bold as ever. But, there are a few more new tricks with this new version. Influenced by the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme, it will be the first model in Europe to feature the brand’s new suspension system with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions (PHC), creating a ‘magic carpet ride’ effect.

It is also the first vehicle in the world to boast Advanced Comfort seats. Citroën chiefs believe that the C4 Cactus is set to shake up the market when it goes on sale in the second quarter of 2018.

The model’s status has also received a boost through the addition of segment essentials, such as 12 driver assistance systems, three connectivity technologies and a revised engine line-up, with power units now developing up to 130hp.

Inside, the uncluttered and welcoming cabin immediately inspires a feeling of serenity. No fewer than five* interior ambiances are on offer, providing a choice of bright, soft and refined finishes for the cabin.

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink are all on board as well as a latest-generation 3D connected navigation system with a host of advantages. Combined with the 7-inch touchscreen, this system boasts voice recognition for controlling navigation, phone and media functions without the driver having to take their eyes off the road.

“Citroën’s objective is to be the benchmark in terms of comfort,” said Linda Jackson, Citroën CEO.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.