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NEW CITROňN C4 CACTUS


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THE ULTRA-COMFORTABLE HATCHBACK: ACCESSIBLE TO ALL
RIDE COMFORT: THE MOST COMFORTABLE COMPACT HATCHBACK
A EUROPEAN FIRST: SUSPENSION WITH PROGRESSIVE HYDRAULIC CUSHIONS ™ (PHC)
After the introduction of New C5 Aircross in China, New C4 Cactus is the first model in Europe to be equipped with a new suspension system that features Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ (PHC), a CitroŽn innovation that will be rolled out on future models. CitroŽn's expertise in the field of suspension is undisputed. For 98 years, suspension comfort has been embedded in the brand's genes. Over the years, customers have grown attached to CitroŽn’s renowned comfort, which is unique in the market. Drawing on its expertise and the know-how of its engineers, CitroŽn has developed the new suspension system to further improve the ride quality that is so typical of the brand.
Some 20 patents were filed in the development of the new suspension system. The way it works is quite simple. Whilst conventional suspension systems use a shock absorber, a spring and mechanical bump stops at each corner of the car, the Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ (PHC) system adds two hydraulic stops on each suspension unit to replace the mechanical stops. There is one hydraulic stop for compression and one for decompression. The suspension therefore works in two stages to match how the car is being used.

  • For light compression and decompression, the springs and shock absorbers control the vertical movements, with no assistance required from the hydraulic stops. However, the presence of these new hydraulic stops means the engineers have greater freedom in the car’s set up, allowing them to offer a ‘magic carpet ride’ with the impression that the car is gliding over uneven ground.

  • During major impacts, the springs and shock absorbers work together with the hydraulic compression or decompression stops that gradually slow the movement to avoid sudden jolts at the end of the range. Unlike a traditional mechanical stop, which absorbs energy and then returns part of it as a rebound, the hydraulic stop absorbs and dissipates this energy.

With this innovative technical solution, New C4 Cactus offers incomparable levels of comfort, whilst taking nothing away from the car’s handling and driving pleasure.

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ADVANCED COMFORT SEATS
For even more comfort, the front seats in New C4 Cactus feature new high-density foam that improves seating comfort even after long hours at the wheel, or as the seats age over time.
In addition, New C4 Cactus introduces three interior ambiances (Metropolitan Red, Wild Grey, Hype Red) with Advanced Comfort seats in a world first for the brand. A wide range of seat design improvements provides greater support for driving posture and ride comfort. The front seats and rear bench are equipped with 15mm thicker foam to offer even more comfortable seating, both physically and visually:

  • The visual comfort of the seats was inspired by the brand's renowned family cars, including the CX and Xantia. The extra padding creates a real visual signature, with seats that look comfortable before you even enter the car. The signature is enhanced by the use of overstitching and graphic components similar to those used in New C3, New C3 Aircross and New C5 Aircross.

  • Postural comfort is outstanding, with broad seat bases and backs, reinforced support, height adjustment for the driver and front passenger, and lumbar adjustment for the driver for ideal back support. Combined with a height and reach adjustable steering wheel, drivers can easily find their perfect position for optimal driving comfort.

  • Physical comfort has also been improved, with both softness and support provided on initial contact, thanks to thicker surface foam.

  • Ride comfort, essential for correct support especially on long drives, is enhanced with the use of a high-density layer in the centre of the seat.

"With the New C4 Cactus, CitroŽn is confirming the roll-out of its comfort offensive with the introduction of two exclusive CitroŽn features developed as part of the CitroŽn Advanced Comfortģ programme: the suspension with Progressive Hydraulic Cushions™ in a European first and Advanced Comfort seats in a world first. New C4 Cactus makes unrivalled comfort accessible to the greatest number people, drawing on the brand's know-how in well-being."
Xavier Peugeot, CitroŽn's Director of Product Planning.

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ACOUSTIC INSULATION
Acoustic insulation is essential for driving comfort. Extensive tests were carried out on the acoustics of New C4 Cactus, resulting in the use of thicker glass, modifications to the rear windows, updates to the sealing joints around all the opening panels, the use of an acoustic windscreen and the specification of more sound-deadening material throughout the car. New C4 Cactus offers optimised insulation from road and wind noise, and substantially improved sound insulation around the engine compartment and on the floor.

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TRAVELLING COMFORT: MAKING LIFE EASIER
EVEN MORE SPACE
New C4 Cactus boasts a spacious cabin thanks to its ingenious design. With a 2.60m wheelbase, the car can transport five passengers in total comfort:

  • The uncluttered dashboard and the hollowed-out backs of the front seats frees up knee room for all passengers. The ‘Airbag in Roof’ system frees up legroom for the front passenger, whilst rear passengers can easily slip their feet under the front seats.

  • Elbow room has been increased through the use of sculpted door panels, enabling passengers to place their arms naturally on the long armrests made out of soft materials.The highly accommodating boot, makes loading easier, with a 60/40 split-folding rear bench, which provides a volume of 358-litres, increasing to 1,170-litres with the rear bench folded down.

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USEFUL AND INGENIOUS STORAGE COMPARTMENTS
New C4 Cactus is home to an array of ingenious, functional and well laid-out storage compartments:

  • On the dashboard, the large Top Box is positioned directly in front of the passenger and is in arm's reach of the driver. There is also a large non-slip cubby built into the lower part of the dashboard on the passenger side.

  • On the elevated central console, there is a deep and closed storage space, together with a smartphone docking area with a non-slip coating alongside the 12V and USB sockets. Two cup holders are positioned in front of the gear stick.

  • In the doors, large storage spaces are able to contain several 1.5-litres bottles: one horizontally in each of the front doors and two vertically in the rear doors.

  • Map pockets feature on the backs of the front seats.

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EQUIPMENT TO SIMPLIFY LIFE, DAY AND NIGHT
It goes without saying that comfort also hinges on the equipment that simplifies day-to-day life on board:

  • LED ceiling lights are specified in the front and the rear, especially handy when buckling children into their seats at night or finding a misplaced object.

  • An electrochrome interior rearview mirror for relaxed driving at night without any glare.

  • Electrically folding door mirrors are specified to avoid damage when parked or when passing another vehicle on a narrow street. Folding mirrors also act as a visual check to ensure that the vehicle is properly locked.

  • One-touch electric windows with an anti-pinch function, which makes life easier notably when driving through tolls or entering car parks.

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COMFORT IN USE: TECHNOLOGIES FOR A SERENE DRIVE
12 USEFUL DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS
New C4 Cactus is equipped with the latest driver assistance systems, providing reassurance and safety in everyday use. They help to simplifying driving when needed, protect against drowsiness and moments of inattention and guard against the risk of accidents. These systems, displayed on New C4 Cactus's fully digital interface, stand as the initial move towards autonomous vehicles:

  • Active Safety Brake – Reduces the risk of a collision by braking in place of the driver. The multi-purpose camera at the top of the windscreen detects obstacles, for example a vehicle moving in the same direction or when stopped. The system engages the brakes automatically when a risk of collision is detected, from 3mph (5 km/h) to 52mph (85 km/h).

  • Speed Limit Recognition and Recommendation – Recognises speed signs and displays the information on the instrument panel. The speed can be registered as an instruction for the speed limiter/cruise control with one simple instruction.

  • Lane Departure Warning System – Active at speeds of over 37mph (60 km/h), the system detects the accidental crossing of continuous or dotted white lines when the indicator has not been used. It warns the driver via a sound signal and visual alert on the instrument panel.

  • Coffee Break Alert – This feature prompts the driver to consider taking a break after they have been driving for two hours at speeds above 43mph (70 km/h).

  • Driver Attention Alert – Warns the driver when the system detects lateral movement relative to the road or lane margins using the multi-function camera at the top of the windscreen. The feature is especially suited to motorway use at speeds over 40mph (65 km/h)

  • Blind Spot Monitoring System – Lights in the door mirrors warn the driver if a vehicle is present in the blind spot on either side of the car.

  • Park Assist – Makes parking easier and safer. This system provides active assistance for parallel and perpendicular parking. On the driver’s request, the feature automatically detects a parking space then safely steers the car into it.

  • Reversing Camera – When the driver selects reverse gear, a camera displays the rear view of the vehicle on the 7-inch touchscreen. The image is supplemented by colour reference points indicating proximity to any obstacles. This extended vision makes for easy manoeuvres.

  • Hill Start Assist – To make hill starts easier, this system prevents any undesired vehicle movement on inclines when the brake pedal is released. The function activates on inclines of over 3% by holding the vehicle in position for two seconds.

  • Front Fog Lights with Cornering Function – Depending on the angle of the steering wheel, the left or right fog light activates in addition to the main headlights to illuminate up to a 75į angle to the right or left of the vehicle. The system operates at speeds above 24mph (40 km/h).

  • Keyless Entry and Start – This system allows the driver to lock, unlock and start the car without taking the key out of their pocket.

  • Grip Controlģ – Enables the vehicle to adapt its front wheel grip depending on the surface (snow, mud, sand etc.)


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THREE CONNECTIVITY TECHNOLOGIES
New C4 Cactus offers intuitive and leading-edge systems to ensure continuity between the driver’s digital world and their car, ensuring they can stay connected, navigate to a destination or simply relax.

  • Mirror Screen Function with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay™ and MirrorLinkģ: The driver can enjoy the multimedia content and apps on their smartphone – in complete safety – by replicating and controlling them via the 7-inch touchscreen.

  • CitroŽn Connect Nav: A latest-generation 3D connected navigation system with a host of advantages. Combined with the 7-inch touchscreen, this system boasts voice recognition for controlling navigation, phone and media functions without the driver having to take their eyes off the road. The system comes with connected services such as TomTom Traffic (for real-time traffic information), fuel station and car park localisation and prices, weather information, and a local point-of-interest search function. Users will also appreciate the accident black spot alert feature.

  • CitroŽn Connect Box: Incorporating CitroŽn’s Emergency & Assistance system, this important item of equipment links to a specialised assistance platform in the event of a breakdown or accident.

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SEVEN* EFFICIENT AND HIGH-PERFORMANCE DRIVETRAINS
New C4 Cactus is available with the latest generation engines delivering top-class performance. For a high level of driving pleasure and outstanding efficiency, the engine and transmission range is perfectly adapted for city driving, weekend trips and travel to exciting destinations. New C4 Cactus is powered by PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engines featuring technologies for greater responsiveness (International Engine of the Year 2015, 2016 and 2017 for the PureTech 110 and PureTech 130) and BlueHDi diesel engines, which deliver reliability, low fuel consumption and reduced emissions.

  • Petrol: The highest-performance version of New C4 Cactus is available with the turbocharged PureTech 130 S&S mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The PureTech 110, also turbocharged, is available with a 5-speed manual gearbox (PureTech 110 S&S manual) or the EAT6 6-speed automatic gearbox for maximum pleasure and comfort at the wheel (PureTech 110 S&S EAT6). The entry-level model is powered by the PureTech 82 with a manual gearbox.

  • Diesel: New C4 Cactus is available from launch with the BlueHDi 100 manual and the BlueHDi 100 S&S manual. In the autumn of 2018, it will be available with a diesel engine combined with an automatic gearbox, the BlueHDi 120 S&S EAT6, for high-mileage drivers preferring an automatic transmission.

  • For world export markets, these seven engines are rounded off by the BlueHDi 100 S&S ETG6.

* May vary, depending on the country.

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