Two of the newest additions to Citroen’s revitalised range, the new C4 Cactus and C1, made their debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The bold new models, which were debuted back in February, were on display at the French carmaker’s main exhibition stand throughout the festival period, along with a special interactive themed activity area for guests, based on the new Cactus’ Airbump technology.
The new C4 Cactus represents a daring move on behalf of the brand in response to the changing needs of modern car owners, and Citroen claim that the model will offer ‘a real alternative’ to the traditional compact hatchback.
It definitely stands out from the crowd with looks evocative of a concept car and customisable colour options, which expand on Citroen’s emphasis on making each car personal to the driver.
Built on the same frame as the C4, although slightly elongated, the Cactus looks like a crossover but performs and acts more like a conventional hatchback. It also features the new Airbump panels, which are designed to protect against knocks and bumps, a handy addition for city drivers.
The interior is remarkably well-equipped with a front bench-like seat, making it accessible and airy, and satnav, Bluetooth, a reversing camera, as well as automatic lights and wipers are all available, as in a seven-inch touchscreen that controls most of the car’s functions.
It’s powered by the latest generation of Citroen’s low-emission PureTech and BlueHDi engines, with fuel economy up to 91.1mpg with CO2 emissions from just 82g/km and overall running costs that are reportedly 20 per cent lower than its leading compact hatchback rival.
Citroen’s latest generation of the popular C1 city car, which has to date sold more than 760,000 units since its launch nine years ago, is due to launch on the 1st July.
The styling has seen a radical overhaul, with a new funky, chic and friendly look. It’s also now available in both three and five-door versions, as well as in a new open-top body style, called the C1 Airscape.
Like the Cactus, the new C1 comes well equipped with a range of technological additions, which include electric front windows, LED daytime running lights and an audio system with MP3 and USB connectivity as standard.
Two engine options are available, including either an entry-level 68bhp 1.0-litre VTi petrol engine,or an 82bhp 1.2-litre version. The more frugal engine can be specified with either a five-speed manual or an automatic gearbox, while the 82bhp version is available with manual only.
Pricing for the new C4 Cactus, which goes on sale in October, starts at £12,990. The new C1, meanwhile, goes on sale at the start of July and is priced from £8,245.