Citroen unveils new C4 Cactus

William CROZES @ PLANIMONTEUR

When Citroen unveiled the first generation of its quirky C4 Cactus in 2014, it was a very divisive car – its plastic-clad exterior and minimalist interior were definitely love-it-or-hate-it.

Now though, the company has launched the latest iteration of the Cactus hatchback, with a slightly more toned-down style, but bags of sophisticated technology.

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The new Cactus is the first Citroen to feature what the brand refers to as 'Advanced Comfort'. Anyone familiar with Citroens of old will remember the 'magic carpet' ride of their hydraulic suspension systems, mated to fantastic seats. Citroen has recreated this with the new programme.

To that end, the new Cactus rides on a system of hydraulic cushions, which replace the usual mechanical stops in a standard suspension system. This, Citroen says, offers 'incomparable levels of comfort', whilst not encroaching on the car's handling or driving pleasure.

Even the seats are a throwback, with an overstuffed and padded vibe which recalls the brand's famed CX and XM cars.

On the outside, there's Citroen's now-trademark 'upside down' lighting signature along with a toned-down version of the Airbumps which debuted on the first Cactus.

On the engine front, it's nothing that we wouldn't expect – Citroen's usual range of three-cylinder petrol and BlueHDi diesel units will feature, with the most powerful providing 128bhp.

The new Cactus will arrive in showrooms in the UK early next year.

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