Kamis, 05 September 2013

New Concept Car: Citroen Cactus

The Citroen Cactus concept has been fully revealed days before its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Picking up where the 2007 C-Cactus concept left off, it introduces a new back-to-basics design philosophy for Citroen’s non-DS, C-line models, and directly previews a production model called the C4 Cactus that will be revealed in February 2014.

With dimensions of 4.21m long, 1.75m wide and 1.53m tall, it’s slightly shorter than a C4 and the same height as a DS3, but features a raised floor pan for a slimmer profile and a semi-crossover stance.

The original C-Cactus concept was a more conventional hatchback shape – this is a clear reaction to the booming demand for slightly raised and rugged family cars. “We asked ourselves what was really important to customers,” Mark Lloyd, designer of the Cactus, explained.

“One theme that emerged was a need to reduce the stress and complexity of living with a car, our aim therefore was to simplify everything.” Evidence of Citroen’s less-is-more mentality - something it’s excelled with in the past with models like the 2CV - is everywhere on the Cactus concept.

There’s barely a crease on the rounded bodywork, while the slim and simple headlights are lifted from the new C4 Picasso. Exterior flourishes are limited to a novel ‘floating’ C-pillar and roof rails that look like a pair of up-turned skis – both will be toned-down, but carried over for the production car.

Citroen are particularly proud of a new innovation called Airbump – the grey inserts you can see at the front, rear and sides of the car. Made of a durable material dotted with supple pockets of air, it’s designed to protect the Cactus from small everyday dings and scrapes, while giving the car a distinctive look.

For the production car a choice of four Airbump colours will be offered and it seems durability test have been going well: “At one point we tried slinging a shopping trolley full of car batteries against the side of the car, and it was fine,” Lloyd revealed. The minimalist theme is even more pronounced on the inside, where the designers have created a serene and laid-back atmosphere.

“Comfort is at the heart of what Citroen is all about,” Lloyd told us. “And that’s not just physical comfort, but mental comfort, too.” Two reclined bench seats, front and rear, create a more sociable setting, while all the usual clutter of buttons on the dashboard and centre console has been removed entirely.

In place of an instrument cluster is a seven-inch screen, while a second, central eight-inch screen controls all the climate and infotainment functions. Under the skin is the first real application of PSA’s Hybrid Air powertrain. By combining conventional petrol engine and automatic gearbox with a hydraulic pump and motor powered by compressed air - rather than a battery – it returns fuel economy “in excess of 94mpg.” For more details click here.

Thanks to: Auto Express

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Bruce Hammerson mengatakan...

It seems a monster car to me equipped with all the latest technology and features that it favorite of all car lovers.

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