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.

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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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Australia

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.