Successor to the iconic Mehari will be a new all-electric compact SUV, set to go on sale in France this spring
Darren Moss
8 December 2015

The Citroën Mehari - an new all-electric four-seat convertible - has been shown off at Geneva shortly before it goes on sale in France.

Described as being an "it car", Citroën says the e-Mehari is "stylish, confident, off-beat and even sassy," and is "designed to appeal to customers looking for an alternative vehicle with a positive outlook on life, attentive to trends and to the environment."

While similar in overall design to the Cactus M concept car launched at the Frankfurt motor show in September, the e-Mehari features an open-top design with muscular SUV-like bodywork. The ribbed sides are a nod to the original Mehari.

The e-Mehari uses a folding soft-top roof, which Citroën says can be used to cover the front, rear, sides or the whole vehicle. The rear bench can also be folded away for extra storage space.

The body of the e-Mehari is made from thermoformed plastic and will be available in a range of radical colours - including different paint schemes for the roof. The car can be hosed down inside and out.

Power for the e-Mehari is drawn from lithium metal polymer batteries, giving the e-Mehari a range of 124 miles in the city and a top speed of 68mph. Recharging takes eight hours through a charging station, or 13 hours by a domestic supply.

The e-Mehari will be built at PSA Peugeot-Citroën's plant in Rennes. The original car was sold as a 4x4 between 1979 and 1983.

Citroën was known to have been assessing reaction to a convertible version of the C4 Cactus with the Cactus M concept, and such a model is still understood to be part of the company's plans. Autocar revealed back in September that Citroën had applied for a trademark for the e-Mehari name, suggesting a successor to the iconic original was planned.

Citroën has confirmed there are currently no plans to bring the e-Mehari to this country.

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8 December 2015
I wonder why they made it so narrow? It makes it look very much like a kiddies play-thing. That aside, as a second car it looks a lot more fun than a Zoe!

8 December 2015
Jeremy wrote:

I wonder why they made it so narrow? It makes it look very much like a kiddies play-thing. That aside, as a second car it looks a lot more fun than a Zoe!

Is 1.71m really that narrow?

8 December 2015
It is based on a thing called a Bollore Blue Summer Car and has a Citroen makeover that is why it is so narrow

8 December 2015
Pistachio wrote:

It is based on a thing called a Bollore Blue Summer Car and has a Citroen makeover that is why it is so narrow

Well done, I'd never have known that. I wonder why such an essential detail isn't mentioned in the article?

8 December 2015

Probably not in the press release material. I expect they have to keep very close to what is officially released.

Will sales of this in the UK beat those of the Pluriel, I wonder.

8 December 2015
Well it certainly illustrates the benefits of employing decent designers - the contrast between this and the Blue Summer is quite marked, despite the changes being fairly limited.

I would have one in the UK but then I am weird. Would be a great holiday rental though, which I suspect is the real target market.

8 December 2015
That's close to how I'd describe it...

8 December 2015
Autocar do seem to have totally overlooked the provenance of this little runabout. Doesn't make it a bad idea though... lots of people have a fondness for the Suzuki Jimny because they hired one once on a Greek island.

8 December 2015
Apparently this started out life as a collaboration with Pinin Farina. This could be the next Fiat Jolly if it isn't utter tosh.

8 December 2015
Nothing is really ever new.
The styling of this thing reminds me of the original Toyota RAV4

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