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Drop top Citroen Cactus M

Drop top Citroen Cactus M

 

Citroen Cactus M Concept side view

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Citroen Cactus M Concept side view

Citroen has hinted at a possible convertible version of its popular C4 Cactus hatchback with its new Citroen Cactus M concept. The open-top concept is based on the underpinnings used by the production C4 Cactus and takes its inspiration from the French firm’s Mehari lightweight off-roader, which was sold from 1968 to 1988. Despite its Cactus platform, the concept is a permanent open-top car, like the Mehari. However, Frederic Duvernier, Citroen’s external designer for concept cars, said the Cactus M is designed to pay homage to the Mehari rather than copy it.

 

“There is some pressure,” he said. “ If you respect the spirit of the car, it is all right; if you just try to redo the car the same way, it is wrong. The spirit remains. It is true to the original Mehari, not a copycat.” Unlike the four-door C4 Cactus, the Cactus M is a two-door car. The doors are much longer than those on the production car and are constructed out of one piece of moulded plastic. The doors are covered in the same thermo formed TPU coating used to make the Airbumps on the C4 Cactus.

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The windscreen is more upright than that of the Cactus, partly to make the car appear shorter. The front windscreen surround and the similarly styled rear hoop, which are both finished in 1mm-thick wood covering, are reinforced for safety and body rigidity. The cabin is more basic than that of the Cactus and is largely free of fabric. Cactus M has drainage holes under the floor mats, allowing it to be hosed down, and the seats and dashboard are covered in the same material used to make wet suits, so wet passengers can get in without drying off first. Cutouts in the sides of the car act as steps so passengers can climb into the rear.

 

A lightweight roof doubles as a tent, which can be attached to the top of the car and extended to the rear. The back seats can then be dropped and the boot lid folded down to create a sleeping area for two. The roof is held in place, either on the top of the car or when it is being used as a tent, by three tubes which are inflated by an on-board compressor. Cactus M power comes from Citroen’s 108bhp 1.2-litre petrol engine. Claimed fuel economy is only marginally off that of the standard Cactus, at 58.9mpg.

 

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