Citroen has revealed the C4 Cactus M concept, and announced that it will be unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) this month. The open-air crossover concept finished in Hawaii Blue colour is inspired by the 1968 Citroen Mehari, which was also an open-air 2-door car. The 2-door concept is based on the Citroen C4 Cactus. There are some cues borrowed the Citroen Aircross concept too, which was unveiled at the 2015 Auto Shanghai in April.
The C4 Cactus M concept is 4.16 m long, 1.77 m wide and 1.48 m, and has a wheelbase of 2.60 m. The increased wheel diameter has been made possible due to the use of Bridgestone Tall & Narrow 19-inch tyres, further increasing the ground clearance.
Compared to the regular C4 Cactus, the front fascia of Cactus M concept loses some black plastic cladding for a more colorful appearance, and features a redesigned bumper. Raked at an angle of 60°, the windscreen is apparently more upright than the C4 Cactus. Both windscreen pillars and rear arch feature wood panels, which are inspired by wooden surfboards.
Coming to the sides, the ORVMs also draw inspiration from the Aircross concept. Citroen says that the moulded plastic one-piece doors are very easy to open, and also reduce the kerb weight. Like the Mehari, the doors feature visible hinges. At the rear, it gets a new bumper design and dual exhaust tips.
The concept is designed as an open-air vehicle, but does feature a roof that can be fitted when needed. The innovative roof is located in the double-floor boot and can be installed manually. There’s an air compressor at the rear of the vehicle, which can be used for air inflation to stretch the roof around the vehicle. Two surfboards can be attached over the top using a specific lashing system, when the roof is not mounted.
The interior is also colourful and fun-themed. The upholstery and dashboard trim are designed to resemble wetsuits. The usage of neoprene fabric increases the waterproof qualities of the seats, and lets them dry faster.
The Citroen C4 Cactus M concept is powered by the PureTech 110 S&S petrol engine, and is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The concept vehicle features four driving modes: normal, all-terrain, snow and sand. The drive mode can be selected via a selector on the dashboard selector. The fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures are rated at 20.83 km/l and 110 g/km respectively.
More information is available in the press release embedded below the image gallery.