Citroen continues their attack on the SUV segment with the new and improved C4 Cactus, to sit alongside the C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross which were both released earlier this year.
The outgoing C4 Cactus was incredibly well received by the motoring press and it looks like this update is going to go down well also.
Quite a lot, actually. As you can see, the exterior of the new model is much tidier and slightly less youthful than the bubble-wrapped body of the old model. The front-end is notably more imposing, Citroen describes it as ‘broad and expressive.’
The biggest talking point will be the suspension, though. The C4 Cactus will bhe the first car to feature the Citroen brand’s new Progressive Hydraulic Cushions (PHC) system which Citroen claim will produce a ‘magic carpet ride’ effect. The system works to iron out and
What about the bubble wrap?
Ah yes, you might remember the air-pockets that decorated the doors and side panels of the outgoing model. These pockets set the car apart from all the competition, and although they were welcomed with raised eyebrows, they made a lot of sense and consumers clearly took to them.
They’ve not been removed, they’ve just been lowered. The ‘Airbump’ panels are now fitted to the lower quarter of the doors, much lower than they were on the previous model. At this height, they will still take the impact of loose-swinging doors and kamikaze shopping trolleys, but they are less prominent on the overall exterior appearance.
Other styling cues worth noting include the 3D-effect LED tail lights, which look like they emerge from the back of the car, rather fetching. There’s also the floating roof effect which is caused by the blacked-out A, B and C pillars.
The interior of the new C4 Cactus isn’t hugely different to the outgoing model, instead, it builds and expands upon the strengths that already exist.
It’s all rather sensory. Firstly, the material choices inside the C4 are all soft to touch. It might not be dripping with Italian leather but the fabric is cosy and palpable but this is complemented by the natural light which bounces around the cabin.
"With the New C4 Cactus, Citroën is confirming the roll-out of its comfort offensive with the introduction of two exclusive Citroën features developed as part of the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme: the suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ in a European first and Advanced Comfort seats in a world first. New C4 Cactus makes unrivalled comfort accessible to the greatest number people, drawing on the brand's know-how in well-being." Xavier Peugeot, Citroën's Director of Product Planning.