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by Matt Campbell

The 2017 Citroen C4 Cactus is set to appeal to a whole lot more buyers than ever before in Australia, with the announcement that the French brand is adding a conventional six-speed automatic gearbox to its petrol-powered offering.

The news is out of the UK, and as such the new six-speed auto version of the C4 Cactus will be offered in right-hand drive. We’ve contacted Citroen‘s Australian team to see if that will be the case here, but we’d suspect that – given the brand has made it clear that a petrol auto would be the bulk seller – it will arrive here in the coming months.

The new six-speed automatic (EAT6) gearbox will be mated to a 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, producing 81kW of power and 205Nm of torque – the same engine fitted to the petrol five-speed manual model. Fuel use is expected to be claimed at 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres, and the tiny turbo triple has engine stop-start to help it achieve that fuel use.

We’d expect the automatic to carry a premium over the petrol manual that currently forms the basis of the range. It’s priced at $25,990 plus on-road costs. The diesel semi-automatic (a gearbox that you’ll either love or hate!) is priced at $28,990 plus costs.

UPDATE: Citroen has confirmed the C4 Cactus petrol automatic will be offered in Australia. See bottom of article for details.

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Citroen Australia has confirmed the C4 Cactus petrol automatic model will be available locally in the second half of 2017, though pricing is yet to be revealed.

If the recently-launched (and related) 2017 Peugeot 2008 range is any indication, this could also spell the end of the diesel-powered Cactus equipped with the six-speed automated manual transmission, though this hasn’t been confirmed.

Stay tuned for more details closer to the new model’s launch later this year.

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