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by Tim Beissmann

The Citroen C4 Cactus will be offered in a single highly equipped trim grade when it reaches Australia in the first quarter of next year.

Citroen Australia today announced a single Exclusive variant for the quirky C4 Cactus crossover. As confirmed last week, it will be available in petrol manual spec for around $25,000 plus on-road costs and in diesel automated manual spec for under $30,000.

While final pricing and specifications are still to be confirmed, the C4 Cactus will follow Peugeot and Citroen’s strategy of being highly specified and priced around the middle of the market, rather than being cheap but modestly equipped.

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Citroen Australia has indicated the C4 Cactus Exclusive is likely to come standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights and wipers, cornering foglights, rear parking sensors and a reverse-view camera, 7.0-inch colour touchscreen with satellite navigation, six-speaker audio system with DAB+ digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity, climate control, cruise control, and a two-tone leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Additionally, diesel variants will gain the ‘Easy Push’ gear selector system and steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters, an “aircraft-style” manual handbrake, and a bench-style front seat with armrest.

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Australian-spec Cacti will also be the first in the world to get 60:40 split-fold rear seats, as they were developed especially to meet our country’s unique requirements for the fitment of child seats.

Initially, Australian customers will be able to select any one of the 23,184 potential colour and trim combinations for the two drivetrains offered before Citroen removes some of the less popular choices to simplify the ordering process.

The C4 Cactus will also come with Citroen’s six-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, six-year/90,000km capped-price servicing program, and six years of free roadside assistance.

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Citroen Australia general manager John Startari says the brand is hugely excited about the arrival of the C4 Cactus, which he believes signals the rebirth of Citroen in Australia.

“The C4 Cactus is the best example of products coming from Citroen in the future: fun, vibrant, customisable, efficient, practical and absolutely unique,” Startari said.

“In a market full of same-same styling, the C4 Cactus makes a statement and it is one we believe will resonate with Australians [and] appeal to the heart and the head.”




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