With the 2018 Citroën C4 Cactus Facelift, the French want to conquer the compact class with individual design and comfort. The C4 Cactus intends to glide over the roads with a new suspension.
2018 Citroën C4 Cactus Facelift
In spring, 2018 Citroën C4 Cactus Facelift is the model that marks the launch of the same model with which the French began the change in strategy four years ago. Because before that, Citroën, if the mainstream was used, was lost in the masses. But whenever they go their way, the French are successful or at least regarded. And that’s why they are not even more than anything else able to cope with the facelift of the Citroën C4 Cactus (2018). While the changes from the outside, except for the more beautiful air bumps, a full face and the more apparent rear end, are marginal, the French are blowing for the comfort offensive in the compact class with two new technologies.
Because they are just as incapable of keeping up with the German competition regarding performance, driving dynamics and high-tech equipment as they are of keeping up with the Koreans’ price war. They are looking for their niche in the comfort zone: “We want to be the brand that sets standards regarding comfort. As a volume manufacturer, we want to make sure that as many people as possible enjoy maximum comfort,” says brand manager Linda Jackson. The Citroën C4 with the facelift becomes the first Cactus to cuddle.
Jackson’s focus is on a new detail that fits in with Citroën. The 2018 Citroën C4 Cactus Facelift is the first car in Europe to be fitted with a suspension system with the regular hydraulic stop. It sounds complicated and has earned the French 20 patents, but is simple. Because the hydraulic stops on both sides provide traction and pressure, the suspension works in two stages depending on the load.
Springs and dampers together control the vertical movements under slight weight but can use another way, so that the 2018 Citroën C4 Cactus Facelift sinks in deeper. With higher pressure and higher relief, the spring and stop work together with the hydraulic stop which absorbs and dissipates the spring energy, instead of feeding it back into the system with annoying season back. The Cactus should make this a flying carpet in the compact class and quote the many hydro-pneumatic suspensions that Citroën has launched on the market since the DS.
The second significant innovation also aims to achieve greater well-being. The first Advanced Comfort seats with a unique upholstery foam, which, like mattresses, snuggles against the body, are now available in the airy and light interior of the 2018 Citroën C4 Cactus Facelift.
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Because it is almost two centimeters thicker than conventional cars and the seats are closer together. So, they look more like armchairs or sofas than car seat furniture. In addition, the digital natives have a new level of connectivity for the touch screen system in addition to the digital speedometer and a smooth dozen assistance systems, right up to electronic pause recommendation after a driving time of more than two hours at over 70 km/h.
However, high-tech features such as the LED headlights from Golf or Mégane are just as useless as automatic distance control. The 2018 Citroën C4 Cactus Facelift also has rather dull spikes under the hood and therefore has to make do with moderate engines. In the case of petrol engines, these are the three cylinders with 82,110 or 130 hp and in the case of diesel, two four-cylinder engines with 100 and later 120 hp. Even if Citroën has not yet revealed any performance or fuel consumption figures, it doesn’t take much imagination to believe that Citroën doesn’t make a big impression. But this cactus doesn’t want to sting either, but rather cuddle.