New Citroen is all about leisure
A new Citroën concept car, inspired by the Méhari, premiered at this year's Frankfurt International Motor Show. The concept is called Citroën Cactus M and boasts a bright, upbeat personality.
The Citroën Cactus M places leisure at the heart of the automotive experience.
At ease on all types of terrain and in all situations, the Cactus M concept inspires a sense of well-being, freedom and escape.
An open-air crossover: The Cactus M has 'go-anywhere' looks, builds on the approach suggested by the Citroën C4 Cactus and clearly expresses its family ties with the Citroën Aircross concept that was presented at the Shanghai Motor Show in April.
The wings are sculpted around the wheel arches for a more compact, muscular look. The upright windscreen, raised body and large wheels underline its personality as a leisure vehicle.
Along the sides, the large plastic doors add a lightweight, protective touch, giving the vehicle its signature look.
This design brings to mind the renowned Méhari, a vehicle created with the same 'go-anywhere' philosophy in mind. The cabin is completely open, connecting the occupants to their surrounding environment.
Passengers access the seats in row two by climbing over the sides of the car, using the built in steps on either side at the rear.
Through its design, the Citroën Cactus M turns leisure into a lifestyle, and places fun at the heart of the automotive experience. The interior illustrates this approach, using materials inspired by open-air activities.
Ready for all sorts of adventures, the cabin can even be hosed down thanks to the drainage outlets integrated in the foot wells. Inspired by the world of surfing, the seats are designed to resemble wetsuits and are upholstered in a brightly coloured neoprene waterproof fabric. The Citroën Cactus M is a modular vehicle, with a rear arch that enables passengers to carry all their equipment, such as wakeboards or surfboards. Everything is designed for comfort, ease of use and peace of mind.
The Citroën Cactus M concept has also been designed to head off the beaten track, to explore and open up new horizons. Whatever the activity, weather or road conditions, everything is designed to ensure a relaxing ride for the occupants. On all types of terrain, the Grip Control function optimises traction for a assured ride anywhere.
The Cactus M also inspires a sense of extreme freedom with a modular cabin that turns into a 'couchette' and a roof that can be made into a tent. The inflatable roof features an innovative operating mechanism and provides welcome protection in the event of rain.
The Citroën Cactus M concept also features on-board technologies for everyday use with all the helpful equipment found on the C4 Cactus. This includes the central Touch Drive interface and the Easy Push gearbox system.
The Cactus M concept is a modern take on the values that led to the development of the Méhari. These values relate to comfort, well-being and leisure, which have always been part of Citroën's expertise.
When viewed alongside the C4 Cactus and the Aircross concept, the Citroën Cactus M concept clearly illustrates the vitality of the brand and the coherence of its approach. Citroen also used Frankfurt to showcase three new models, models to the world for the first time: the New DS 4 & DS 4 Crossback, the DSV-01. The New DS 4, a dynamic and refined premium hatchback, and the DS 4 Crossback, a stylish adventurer with its 30-mm higher ride height, large black wheels and specific body components.