Citroen’s new Cactus concept

Even with an array of wacky concepts on show at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month, the Citroen Cactus is bound to get a fair amount of attention as its unique design hints at possible future releases for the French manufacturer.

Although different to the C-Cactus concept unveiled back at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Citroen Cactus certainly takes design cues from the model – although the new Cactus model appears a lot more advanced.

Citroen has had time to develop on the C-Cactus concept and make it a near-production reality.

As with many concepts, the new Citroen Cactus concept has been adapted to show itself off a little at Frankfurt as it features no windows and missing B-pillars – factors which ultimately give you a better look at the cars advanced interior.

The Citroen Cactus features a rather high ground clearance of 21cm, followed by an overall height of 1.53 metres. Its roofline seems somewhat similar to that of the coupe-esque Range Rover Evoque SUV – which is a common trend of upcoming vehicles as the Evoque has become a massive inspiration.

From the outside, the Cactus concept appears to feature a custom paint job on its flanks – however, this design is not just aesthetically pleasing. On the flanks Citroen has incorporated its protective ‘Airbump’ design, something of which may lead the way for future safety, both for the brand and the automotive industry.

The interior of the new Cactus concept is highly driver orientated, with an ergonomic set-up that gives easy access to the cars digital driver interface. In the cabin there is bench seating with space for three.

The new Citroen concept even features an efficient hybrid powertrain. This hybrid powertrain includes compressed air and a hydraulic system, which works alongside a PureTech engine. The hybrid powertrain on the Cactus concept is capable of returning around 94mpg.

Even though the new Cactus model is still a concept, its design is expected to inspire the next generation Citroen C4 model. If put into production you can expect the Citroen C4 model to feature B-pillars and a slightly lowered ride height.

The new Citroen Cactus concept will be on show at the Citroen stand at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.