Citroen C4 Cactus details released

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More info on Citroen Cactus SUV model set to be launched at Geneva Motor Show

Citroen has released more information about the Citroen C4 Cactus SUV ahead of the car's debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The compact crossover model, which will compete with the Nissan Juke and Skoda Yeti, is set to be impressively economical thanks to its low weight and latest-generation engine range.

Citroen says the C4 Cactus will be made from high-performance materials for weight-saving reasons. According to the French car maker, features like an aluminium bonnet and pop-out rear windows have kept the weight of the Cactus down to just 965kg, which is less than the current Ford Fiesta.

The Cactus will use Citroen's BlueHDi diesel and PureTech petrol engines, with the diesel version said to return economy figures of 91.1mpg and 82g/km of CO2. Efforts to reduce the weight of the new car should also lead to savings on servicing costs, thanks to less wear and tear.

Probably the most noticeable feature of the exterior design is the panels on the sides of the car, which use Citroen's Airbump technology. The plastic panels, available in four different colours, are made up of air capsules to help absorb impacts in accidents, and have been fitted to the bumpers as well as the sides of the car for protection in tight car park spaces.

Inside the Cactus, Citroen promises a spacious and comfortable interior. A slimmed-down dashboard combined with wide seats, should offer the driver and front passenger more space, and a seven-inch touchscreen replaces conventional control buttons. The touchscreen will be fitted as standard and used to control features like the air-con, radio, sat-nav and a range of optional driver aids including park assist and a camera for reversing.

The interior of the car will also benefit from a large panoramic sunroof that will efficiently filter light and heat while making the cabin feel even more spacious.

Citroen claims it will reduce the cost of ownership for Cactus buyers by offering a range of funding options in the form of monthly flat-rate or mileage-based payments that cover finance, insurance and servicing.

There's no word on a Citroen Cactus price or release date yet, but we’ll have more details when the car is unveiled in Geneva next month.