Citroen Automobiles Australia national marketing manager Manuel Tyras said the division was still “very interested” in the new Citroen C4 Cactus, saying, “We want to make this available for Australians.’’
“We've put a business proposal to PSA in Paris and we are in the initial stages of review,” Tyras said, confirming the availability of right-hand-drive models.
“Things should be a lot clearer in the second half of this year.’’
Coming a day after the first images of the Citroen C4 Cactus were leaked, new images come with the manufacturer’s promise that the compact crossover will combine more design and comfort with "useful technology" and an optimised cost of ownership.
At 4160mm long, 1730mm wide and 1480mm high, the C4 Cactus is 169mm shorter, 59mm narrower and 22mm lower than a standard C4 and rides on an identical 2608mm-long wheelbase.
Weighing 965kg – 200kg less than a C4 – the production C4 Cactus features an aluminium bonnet, pop-out rear windows and a single-piece folding rear bench.
Power will come from unspecified diesel and petrol engines, but Citroen has claimed 3.1L/100km and 82g/km and 4.3L/100km and less than 100g/km respectively. The second-generation of Citroen's automated manual Electronic Gearbox System (EGS), the single clutch ETG unit, is also planned, with steering wheel-mounted paddles and an ‘Easy Push’ system replacing a conventional gearlever.
Made of a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) skin and available in four colours – Black, Grey, Dune, and Chocolate – Citroen says the C4 Cactus’ protective Airbump bodywork, first seen on the 2013 Frankfurt motor show concept, absorbs impacts, requires no specific maintenance and can be matched with ten exterior body colours.
LED daytime-running lights, cornering lights, roof bars and a glazed panoramic roof complete the exterior styling.
Inside, a fully digital interface highlighted by a seven-inch touchscreen joins front sofa-style seats, leather strap-style door handles and a 358-litre boot capacity.
Encompassing vehicle functions such as air conditioning, media, navigation, and communication and connected services, the touchscreen is partnered in the cabin – available in Ambiance Stone Grey, Pack Habana and Pack Purple trim styles - by a digital instrument cluster.
Driving aids include a reversing camera, park assist, speed limiter and cruise control and hill-start assist.
In a claimed world first aimed at creating more room and storage space, the front passenger airbag has been transferred to the roof and, in a collision, deploys over the length of the windscreen rather than out of the dashboard.
In another interesting move, Citroen has adopted an ownership program for the C4 Cactus similar to mobile phone plans.
According to the car maker, Citroen will offer customers a range of purchasing options in the form of a monthly flat-rate or mileage-based payment, depending on the country. The service includes all expenditure during the period of the agreement, such as finance, insurance and servicing, but does not cover fuel.
Citroen says for a fixed monthly payment, customers can select vehicle specification and trim and the level of service they require, without exceeding their budget.
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