Citroën Cactus M has 1.2-liter 108hp petrol engine, waterproof seats, improved fuel economy and tons of other cool features.
9/17/15 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
Good news from French automobile manufacturer Citroën.
The company decided not to keep us nervous wreck and unveiled Citroën C4 Cactus M before 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Well, that’s really noble of them since we already have food for thought from them - those who are not in the loop: French automaker announced that e-Mehari concept (successor of legendary 1968 Mehari) will be unveiled at 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, but the thing is that no-one doesn’t know even how the vehicle will look like.
The "e" prefix to the Mehari trademark raises the possibility of a production car getting an electrically assisted four-wheel drive system. The original Mehari was sold as a 4x4 between 1979 and 1983.
Anyway, that’s a little bit off-topic.
Let’s talk about our main “guest”.
Citroën C4 Cactus M
At first sight, Citroën C4 Cactus M looks like a convertible version of the Citroën C4 Cactus.
However, everything is not as simple as that.
If we will have a closer look, we will mention strong influence in vehicle’s styling from the Citroën Mehari lightweight off-road car (vehicle that was sold from 1968 to 1988) and the Aircross (car which was shown at 2014 Shanghai Motor Show).
Frédéric Duvernier, Citroen’s external designer responsible for concept cars, said that the Cactus M is designed to pay homage to the Mehari rather than copy it.
“Physically the spirit remains it is true to the original Mehari. It is not a copycat.”
Differences and similarities
The front and rear of the vehicle are kept largely the same as the Cactus while the rest of the car has been largely redesigned. Unlike the four-door Cactus, the Cactus M is a two-door vehicle.
The two doors are much longer than those on the standard car and are constructed of one piece of molded plastic to reduce weight. The outside of the door is covered in the same thermoformed TPU coating as the airbumps on the Cactus, and stretch across the entire door.
The windscreen has been made more upright than on the Cactus, partly to make the car appear shorter and partly to improve the feeling of space in the cabin.
The front windscreen surround and the similarly styled rear U-shaped hoop are both reinforced to improve safety and body rigidity.
Citroën says that the Cactus M is designed to be used at the beach, and it features a pair of standard surfboards that are strapped to the roof. The cabin is much more basic than that of the Cactus, and is largely fabric free, making it waterproof. It also has drainage holes under the floor mats, allowing it to be hosed down. The seats and dashboard are covered in the same material that is used to make wetsuits - passengers can get in without drying themselves.
Although the front seats move forward slightly, there are two steps cut into the side of the car to act as steps so passengers can climb into the rear of the car.
The lightweight roof also doubles up as a tent, which can be attached to the top of the car and extend out to the back. The rear seats can then be dropped, and the boot lid folded down to create a sleeping area large enough for two. It is tall enough to be stood up in, too, at 1.80 meters (5 feet and 11 inches) high.
The roof is held in place on the top of the car, or when it is being used as a tent, by means of three tubes which are then inflated by a compressor in the rear of the car.
The Cactus M is the same length and height as the standard car and has the same length wheelbase. It is marginally wider, at 1.77m (5 feet 10 inches), due to tweaked wheel arches.
Power for the concept comes from Citroën’s 1.2-liter 108hp petrol engine, and claims a fuel economy only marginally off the standard Cactus, at 58.9mpg.
Production and price
Alas, details on that were not released, but don't expect it to be cheap.
We think that it will cost you at least $50,000 - 60,000.
However, let's not make predictions on that.
Let's just wait and see.