This is the Citroën Cactus Concept, a car we previewed almost two weeks ago, which was then unveiled last week. Now, we have a full gallery of live images. You'll recall that Citroën opted to split its line, with the C-Line models like the C2, C3 and C4 being remodeled to play in the bottom of the market, and the DS models, like the DS3 and DS4, representing a more premium experience.

The Cactus is our first hint of the C-Line's future, as it will likely evolve into a production C3 or C4, considering its size. Powered by PSA's innovative Hybrid Air drivetrain, the Cactus pairs a small, gas-powered engine with compressed air and hydraulics to deliver over 94 miles per gallon without battery packs or electric motors. It's claimed that the system can cut down on urban fuel consumption by 45 percent.

Besides the powertrain, the most obvious talking point is the appearance of the Cactus. The Airbump system on all sides of the vehicle use soft, air-filled bladders to keep away the dings and scratches that come with commuting in our crowded urban world, while the floating roof adds to the airy feeling of the interior and is a great styling detail. We've got live images of the Cactus up top, while photos, a press release and a video from Citroën can be found below.
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Citroën reveals Cactus, a concept car that marries the essential with the aesthetic

- The concept presents a vision for the future of Citroën's C-line

- Stand out features include a 100% digital driver interface, protective 'Airbumps' & a designer furniture inspired interior with natural materials used throughout

- Hybrid Air drivetrain offers 94+ mpg fuel economy

- Citroën has revealed Cactus, a new concept car and a vision for future C-line models. Shedding the superfluous, Citroën Cactus is a desirable, user-friendly car that creates a unique harmony between the distinctive and the practical, offering comfort for all occupants with easy-to-use technology.


Pure and functional styling:

Strong styling focused on efficiency (light weight & aerodynamic)
High-tech look and non-aggressive flowing surfaces
'Airbumps', customisable design components covered with a soft skin featuring air capsules that protect the body of the car
Intelligent design:

An airy driver's station housing all the controls in a 100% digital interface
Sofa-style front seats for more comfort
Natural materials laid out in a stylish, relaxed atmosphere
User-friendly technology:

A Hybrid Air drivetrain for economic running costs and reduced environmental footprint
Intuitive connectivity, including access to the Citroën Multicity Connect portal
The origins of Citroën Cactus began with the C-Cactus concept car, which premiered at the 2007 Frankfurt show.
C-Cactus was a radical automotive approach that posed a number of key questions: What do motorists expect from cars in today's world? And which equipment and features really count? The exercise pushed engineers and designers to make sweeping changes and explore new solutions to motoring challenges. The pragmatic approach avoided the unessential to concentrate on what makes motorists feel good. The end result is the Citroën Cactus – a concept car which previews future models in the C-line.

PURE & FUNCTIONAL STYLING

Citroën Cactus' styling marries the aesthetic with the practical, the designers having sought to find the right volumes and extend efficiency to the smallest details. The idea was to keep only the essential and this approach allowed the designers to break free from classic automotive cues and explore new solutions to bring customers useful equipment and features.

With a shape that is both original yet familiar, the body styling of Citroën Cactus is easy to identify, with:

Pure and smooth surfaces in pearlescent white
Flowing contours
'Floating' roof and rear quarter panels
Contrasting and functional detailing such as Lama grey 'Airbumps', textured black wheel arches and gloss black roof rack
A bright and airy cabin with a large panoramic sunroof
A stand out component of the Cactus is the 'Airbump', located on the sides and bumpers of the car.
Combining style with function, the 'Airbump' strengthens the appearance and personality of the car with its originality and personalisation possibilities. The supple material features a soft treatment that resists scratches and includes air capsules that absorb impacts.

Combining aesthetics with practical driver needs, the Citroën Cactus places importance on space and efficiency down to the last detail. Only the essentials remain, as the designers worked to break new ground in the form and function.

The Citroën Cactus boasts proportions optimised for efficiency and comfort with:

The dimensions of a compact hatchback (4.21 m long & 1.75 m wide)
An ideal balance between one-third glazed area and two-thirds wing surface
High ground clearance (21 cm) but with an optimised height of just 1.53 m
Reduced overhangs, with the wheels directly located at each corner
The smooth, flowing styling of Citroën Cactus evokes technology and perceived quality.

At the front, the Cactus hints at the visual styling of future C-line models and is characterised by:

Smooth surfaces showcasing the chevrons
Flowing lines with a seamless progression from bonnet to wing
A high-tech light signature with LED daytime running lights and lamps built in to the 'Airbumps'
The same principle is adopted at the rear with Citroën's 3D-effect LEDs incorporated into the large 'Airbump', which protects the boot area.

The unique, radical design adds to the feel-good factor within the ergonomic and comfortable interior. The absence of side and rear windows and B-pillars invites you to discover a cabin that has been completely reworked in terms of architecture, design, colours and materials.

INTELLIGENT DESIGN

A key objective of the Citroën Cactus concept was to provide more interior space for driver and passengers, ensuring user-friendliness and greater comfort.

The slender, floating dashboard fully frees up the floor below to create a large, easy-access storage space on the passenger side. This design was achieved by the adoption of a 100% digital interface and optimising the driver station, in particular by:

Replacing the instrument cluster with a 7-inch screen
Swapping control buttons for an 8-inch touchscreen connected to all vehicle functions (air-conditioning, audio, satnav, connected services and driver aids)
Installing the passenger airbag on the ceiling
Replacing the traditional gearstick with push-button controls on the lower part of the dashboard and steering-wheel paddles
Another comforting innovation is the thermally-treated panoramic sunroof which allows light into the cabin, but repels heat and UV rays – comparable to category-4 sunglasses.

Another objective for Cactus was to deliver a stylish and relaxed atmosphere on board. Inspired by contemporary furniture design, the interior layout offers optimum space.

The inviting front seats were designed in the style of a sofa for improved comfort whilst the treatment of the upper storage areas and interior door handles were inspired by luxury luggage styling.

Natural materials such as cotton fabric and 'camel' leather (vegetable tanned) are used throughout the cabin, including on the steering wheel trim, seats and door handles.

USER-FRIENDLY TECHNOLOGY

Citroën Cactus technologies are easy to use, economical and environmentally considerate, accessible to all while being resolutely focused on the new needs of motorists.

REVOLUTIONARY CITROËN CACTUS CONCEPT A VISION FOR FUTURE C-LINE

The Cactus concept features Citroën's revolutionary new Hybrid Air drivetrain – a full-hybrid, compressed air and hydraulics system – which is combined with a PureTech engine to deliver exceptional fuel economy in excess of 94mpg (under 3l/100km).

This innovative and highly efficient system, which requires no additional batteries, is widely affordable thanks to:

Low-cost per mile use (45% reduction in fuel consumption in urban driving)
Easy maintenance and servicing through the combination of proven technologies
No compromises to interior space
In the centre of the dashboard is the eight-inch digital touchscreen which integrates all driving commands. Easy to use, both the driver and passengers benefit from access to Citroën Multicity Connect, a portal of web-connected applications that use vehicle data – including mileage, speed, range and GPS position – to provide information adapted to motorists' needs, such as warning them of traffic delays, locating service stations or tourist destinations.

NEW QUESTIONS, NEW ANSWERS

With a fresh approach to design, architecture and technology, Citroën Cactus stands as a new automotive synthesis. The car's optimistic approach addresses the expectations of people looking to combine practicality with pleasure.

Citroën Cactus is a desirable, user-friendly car, one that is a pleasure to share day by day:

'Simple to live with'. An ingenious design full of intuitive technologies
'Simple to love'. A functional and friendly design
'Simple to share'. A user-friendly interior with a connected driving interface


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      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll never forget the first door ding I got on the very first new car I ever bought. I witnessed a fat lady getting out her car in a mcdonald's parking lot put a massive dent in the side of my car. It still hurts thinking about it today.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      One word: Plastics.
      taeles
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's a skyscrapper in europe that would melt 40% of this car :P
      axiomatik
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks cool. Automakers need to move away from the painted-sheetmetal paradigm, open up to new options.
      DesignWhuuu
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wouldn't be needed if people weren't f'ing b-holes
      Jake Archibald
      • 1 Year Ago
      The strong body car of new version classical original body. www.hightechbd.com
      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's great they've solved the door ding problem. Now what are they going to do about the giant beige button problem.
      thatitaliankid321
      • 1 Year Ago
      so this is a new version of the Classic Saturn dent proof body?
      ZOZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like her skin color too!
      aatheus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Neat idea. Is it just me, or does anyone else want to press the sides of the car to see if it goes 'beep'?
        aatheus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aatheus
        The anti-door ding feature would be very nice at work, where people park their Chevy Subdivisions in the compact spots.
      sloturbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      In 1984 Pontiac's Fiero had plastic body panels, so not seeing the big deal.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry, a pair of legs got in my eyes. What's this you say about door dings?
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