New 2018 Citroen C4 Cactus facelift revealedJanuary 2, 2018
Citroen has updated the popular C4 Cactus but instead of just doing the usual nip and tuck, they decided to premiere their new comfort-based hydraulic suspension in Europe with it.
The French company calls the new suspension “Progressive Hydraulic Cushions” and is offered as standard on Feel and Flair models, claiming it offers a “magic carpet ride effect”.
The new suspension is combined with Citroen’s also new Advanced Comfort Seats that come with adjustable lumbar support and are filled with high-density foam, as well as better soundproofing.
The exterior was restyled with new bumpers and new lights, while the characteristic AirBumps are now smaller and positioned lower, just above the sills. Citroen says the new C4 Aircross now offers 31 different combinations to choose from.
The range of driver assistance technologies includes 12 systems, like Active City Brake, Speed Limit Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Coffee Break Alert, Driver Attention Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring, Park Assist, Grip Control and more. A seven-inch touchscreen display serves not only as the infotainment system but also houses the controls for the air conditioning and comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink.
Citroen has announced UK prices and specifications for the facelifted C4 Cactus, and order books for the French firm’s more conventional C-segment offering are now open, with first deliveries expected at the beginning of April.
Prices start at £17,295, though that’s for the new C4 Cactus Feel Edition, which comes fitted with a 1.2-litre PureTech 82 petrol engine and is available for a limited time only. It also lacks Citroen’s new Progressive Hydraulic Suspension system – one of the headline new features of the updated cactus – but does feature new Advanced Comfort seats, cruise control, LED daytime running lights, plus a seven-inch infotainment display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Two core trim levels are available. Feel cars start from £17,965 with a PureTech 110 1.2-litre petrol engine, with the Progressive Hydraulic Suspension setup included as standard. A new, more potent 128bhp version of the PureTech 1.2-litre petrol is available from £18,765, while the BlueHDi 100 diesel model kicks off from £18,995.
The facelifted C4 Cactus will be the first car the firm sells in Europe to make use of the new Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension technology. The new system adds two hydraulic stops in place of the traditional single mechanical setup. Citroen claims that the new hydraulic stops are better at dissipating energy when the car hits potholes and bumps in the road, keeping the car flat and improving the ride quality. The firm says it should improve comfort at lower speeds – as well as on smoother roads, too.
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