First look at the upcoming Citroen C4 Cactus

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Cynics will say a lot of things about Citroen's forthcoming C4 Cactus but one thing they can't accuse the French marque of is straying too far from its original concept vehicle.

When the madcap concept was unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show last year, many asked why the boxy little runaround featured 'bubblewrap' on the side flanks and questioned the need for sofa-esque seats in the rear.

But interestingly – or bizarrely, depending how you look at it – the production model hasn't lost some of these 'quirky' features as one would expect from a homologated vehicle.

The C4 Cactus will enter at the more 'affordable' end of the Citroen line-up and offer customers a distinctive vehicle that goes easy on the frivolous interior extras and instead offers simplicity and value for money.

Rubbery panels on the side flanks, dubbed Air Bumps, are said to "strengthen the appearance and personality of the car with its originality and personalisation possibilities".

The supple material will also "resist scratches and absorb impact".

Little has changed inside, either, with the same uncluttered dash housing many of the car's controls via large buttons or digital, touch-screen displays. Even the gear selection is taken care of by three fool proof buttons – 'D' for drive, 'R' for reverse and 'N' for neutral.

There is little news on engine specifics just yet but the Cactus line-up will likely feature the same engines as the rest of the C4 range but with more focus on the lower-powered units to keep costs down.

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Citroen C4 Cactus

Citroen C4 Cactus