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Citroën grows a Cactus concept


CITROËN has revealed a new concept car showcasing the vision for future C-line models. It’s also the first car in motoring history that appears to be squinting.

The French manufacturer says the Cactus is meant to be 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.”

The design is obviously a marriage between styling and functionality. The designers went in with the idea to keep only the essential and this approach allowed them to break free from classic automotive cues and explore new solutions to bring customers useful equipment and features. This led to the Cactus having the dimensions of a compact hatchback while still being able to carry five people in absolute comfort.

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

The Cactus concept features the new Hybrid Air drivetrain: a full-hybrid, compressed air and hydraulics system combined with a traditional engine to deliver a fuel-economy figure of below 3 litres/100km.

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