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October 27, 2015 Comments (0) Views: 378 Motoring

Citroen brings prickly Cactus

IT’s got a bucket load of specifications, it’s been hailed as a ground-breaking compact SUV, and it lands in Australia in February 2016.

It also has one of the weirdest brand names ever. Known as the Cactus, it carries a significant range of personalisation options including coloured Airbumps (a graphical padding system that covers the doors and protects the vehicle at the same time).

Owners will also find coloured roof rails and door mirrors, wheel rims, colour body highlights, interior options and a range of vibrant exterior colours – with an incredible 23,184 combinations available to customise your Cactus.

General Manager for Citroen Australia, John Startari, said the generous levels of specification and unique nature of the Cactus will prove a compelling package for Australian’s looking to stand apart from the crowd.

“In a market full of same-same styling the C4 Cactus gives customers the opportunity to make a statement and it is one we believe will resonate with Australians.”

Locally, C4 cactus will be offered with two drivetrains; the PureTech 81kw, 2o5Nm 1.2L turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine paired to a five speed manual transmission or a 68kW, 230Nm 1.6L turbo-diesel paired to a 6 speed semi-automatic transmission.

Everything about his vehicle is unusual. Aside from Airbump, there’s a fully digital, intuitive interface and airy, connected driving position with controls grouped around a 7-inch touch screen. There’s wide sofa-style seats at the front, and an optional panoramic glazed roof with advanced heat protection.

All the standard electronic assists, reversing cameras and connectivity are there too, along with a host of storage options, alloy wheels, climate controls, digital radio and a state-of-the-art digital infotainment system.

Citroen’s brand new turbo-charged compact SUV will hit the market at prices from $26,990 (plus on-roads). It comes with a six year warranty, service and support program.

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