Local boss confirms the future looks grim for the refreshed hatchback, as the Citroen brand looks to focus on SUVs.
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The heavily revised C4 Cactus is looking less and less likely to make it to local Citroen showrooms, as the French brand shifts its focus to its SUV range.

Revealed in October 2017, the updated C4 Cactus sports a far more subdued exterior, along with a raft of infotainment and driver technology upgrades to make it more competitive against rivals in the small car class – think Volkswagen Golf and PSA's own Peugeot 308.

However, it appears the new model won't be making it to Australian showrooms after all, despite initially being slated for a late-2018 introduction Down Under.

Speaking with media at the local launch for the C3 Aircross in Sydney, Peugeot Citroen Australia's managing director, Ben Farlow, indicated the C4 Cactus won't continue as part of the local line-up.

"I don't see a long-term future for the C4 Cactus in Australia," he said, though he added the model is still "in discussions".

The same fate has been set for other C4-badged models in the Citroen stable, too, with the Grand C4 Picasso people mover also discontinued from the Australian range.

Instead, the French brand will soldier on with the entry-level C3 hatchback – which was recently upgraded and given a price bump for 2019 – along with the C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross SUVs, the latter of which is due in the third quarter of this year.

While full details are still to be announced, the C5 Aircross (above) will start at $39,990 plus on-roads when it arrives in the coming months, offering a high level of standard equipment and two trim levels.

Highlights will include a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, driver assistance technologies like autonomous emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring.

The C5 Aircross will also debut the company's new 'Progressive Hydraulic Cushion' suspension system, which is said to offer a magic carpet ride using technology used on Dakar rally racers.

Moving up to the higher-spec $43,990 'Shine' specification will bring extra luxury items like leather upholstery and a sunroof. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for a full pricing and specs run down in the lead-up to the local launch.

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