Citroen first introduced the C4 Cactus as a concept vehicle two years in the past on the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Present. Since then, the Cactus has morphed into not solely a production crossover, however quite a lot of separate prototypes as nicely, together with the 2015 Aircross. It additionally gave the French automaker the 2015 World Car Design of the Yr accolade on the New York International Auto Show again in April. Unsurprisingly, the platform has remodeled as soon as once more, this time as homage to the Mehari mild utility off-roader.
Citroen Cactus M Concept
Between 1968 and 1988, Citroen produced 144,953 examples of the Mehari. Based mostly on the stout 2CV, the Mehari served many various functions, including navy use within the French military. However, civilians additionally received to enjoy the Mehari’s rugged functionality – not solely was it light-weight sufficient to deal with tough terrain, its plastic physique resisted corrosion, even within the grit and salt of repeated seaside runs.
Drawing inspiration from the Mehari “and the seaside world related to” it, the new Cactus M Concept hopes to prove the flexibility of the C4 Cactus platform for future fashions in a wide range of totally different bodystyles, exhibiting several enjoyable concepts alongside the way.
Citroen Cactus M Concept Exterior
Just like the Mehari (and any other severe beach cruiser for that matter), the Cactus M Concept has no roof, bringing an “open-air” design that gives passengers miles and miles of blue sky. With the highest chopped off, Citroen added thick pillar arches back and front, together with the windscreen surround. The windscreen was additionally tilted as much as 60 levels, which helps direct air over the passenger area at pace, and is outfitted with a single, central wiper blade. The pillars are completed in a wooden-grain look and are able to carrying as much as two surfboards lengthwise. To reveal, Citroen even created two customized boards matched to the idea crossover’s color scheme.
In case the sun decides to take a trip, the Cactus M Concept comes equipped with an inflatable roof positioned within the “double-floor” trunk. This piece is put in by hand, extending throughout the highest by way of three blowup tubes that maintain it in place. And if hyperventilating within the rain harshes your mellow, an air compressor is positioned within the rear.
In contrast to the 4-door production Cactus, this idea boasts simply two lengthy doorways. Every is a single piece of molded plastic, which helps to scale back the crossover’s curb weight, whereas opener straps are in place for simplicity’s sake. Just like the Mehari, the door hinges are seen.
|Length||4,160 MM (163.77 Inches)|
|Width||1,770 MM (69.68 Inches)|
|Height||1,480 MM (58.26 Inches)|
|Wheelbase||2,600 MM (102.36 Inches)|
Citroen Cactus M Concept Interior
Talking of wetsuits, the inside makes use of neoprene for the upholstery and sprint trim. It’s all extraordinarily useful, designed to tolerate the calls for of these residing the seaside life-style. As such, there are water drains within the foot wells, and Citroen says “the whole cabin may even be hosed out” for fast and easy cleanup.
There’s loads of storage as effectively. The doorways include decently sized bins covered by nets, and there’s a big trunk within the rear.
To assist it deal with the unpaved pathways to that hidden break, the Cactus M Concept employs Citroen’s Grip Management (principally, superior traction management), which provides these behind the wheel 4 accessible driving modes selectable from an enter on the sprint. These embody Regular, All-Terrain, Snow and Sand.
Whereas Grip Control is good, it could have been better if Citroen included an AWD system in lieu of the inventory FWD. In any case, the Mehari 4×4 was launched in 1979, and anybody critical about going off-street will want extra than simply the entrance wheels for motivation.
I additionally would have appreciated to see a bump in output, possibly with a extra highly effective model of the 1.2-liter inline three-cylinder gasoline powerplant discovered on the production vehicle. However given this idea will most certainly stay tethered to the present ground its total life, I suppose it’s forgivable.