Citroën releases several preview images of the upcoming C4 Cactus; will launch early in 2014 with 'simple' engine range
Darren Moss
26 December 2013

The production Citroën C4 Cactus has been previewed in a number of new images.

The new C4 Cactus is due to be revealed early next year, and will stay "largely true" to the initial Cactus concept seen at the Frankfurt motor show earlier this year.

Citroën has said it intends to reveal the Cactus on February 5, five years since the brand launched its DS line and 136 years since the birth of Andre Citroën, founder of the company.

Having been reportedly well received during its initial debut, the C4 Cactus has since been spotted testing in the run up to its launch. If sales of the C4 Cactus are deemed to be a success, the model could spawn more Cactus-badged cars which could eventually replace Citroën's more mainstream offerings.

While several elements from the concept are expected to change for the production model, like the addition of side windows, other features will stay. Among those features is the 'Air Bump' on the doors, designed to offer protection to the door panels in car parks and tight spaces. The sofa-style interior of the concept will also remain.

Official engine specifications for the C4 Cactus have not yet been revealed, but the range is likely to be built up mainly with lower-powered options and simple transmissions. Company bosses have already confirmed more higher-powered engines, like its 1.6-litre turbocharged unit, will not feature.

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26 December 2013
I'm looking forward to this Cactus model.
I'd prefer an equally simple interior, with dials for climate control and stereo functions, but I think I'll be disappointed here. I'd also like a more traditional, comfortable, Citroen ride quality, but we'll have to wait and see.

26 December 2013
I'm looking forward to seeing this too. I really hope it sticks closely to the concept, because it was extremely well received. As a current Citroen owner, I'm keen to see the simplicity and a slightly stripped-out approach. A couple of things that annoy me about my DS3 include the digital climate control (6 months in, I'm missing rotary dials!) and the slightly fiddly bluetooth system. It is otherwise great, very smooth to drive and rides well despite the 17" alloys. It would be nice to see the return of 'that Citroen ride quality', but I think that we might've lost that forever thanks to moaning journalists who mix good ride quality with floaty dynamics.

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27 December 2013
Mini2 wrote:

'that Citroen ride quality', but I think that we might've lost that forever thanks to moaning journalists who mix good ride quality with floaty dynamics.

Another thing to berate them for in addition to their obsession for cupholders then. Don't people realise that driving with one hand on the wheel and the other fiddling with a cup of Starbucks fluid is "driving without due care and attention"?

Glad to see the Cactus remains quite left field because the latest, Chinese only, manifestation of the DS5 looks worryingly Skoda/VW bland. Not what the DS series is about.

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