Citroen’s C4 Cactus has only just been facelifted, but an all-new model is set to arrive in 2020 with a model range featuring a battery-powered version. The electric C4 Cactus will be Citroen’s first all-electric car since the C-Zero, with every model in the Citroen range set to feature some form of electrification by 2025.
The new Cactus is set to shift onto the PSA Group’s Compact Modular Platform (CMP) that will also be used for next year’s new Vauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 208, before being rolled out across the rest of the group’s small car range. That platform is capable of full electrification, with the new Cactus offering electric power alongside petrol engines from launch.
As with the original C4 Cactus, which was launched in 2014, the new model is set to usher in a new style for future Citroens, with the new look said to be based on the CXPERIENCE concept from the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
Citroen announced at this year’s Paris show that its new C5 Aircross SUV will feature plug-in hybrid tech from next year, but EV fans will have to wait another year for a fully electric Citroen.
However, Citroen has confirmed that it will be showing a fully-electric concept at next year’s Geneva motor show as part of its centenary celebrations. The show car will be one of two, with the first focusing on Citroen’s vision of future mobility, but retaining the ‘spirit of the 2CV’. A teaser picture shows a stylish new take on a door handle, while Arnaud Belloni, Citroen’s Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Communications, told us, “If the original 2CV was for farmers and people who live in the country, our new concept will be for city dwellers”.
A second centenary concept will be unveiled at April’s Shanghai motor show. It, too, has been teased with what looks like hi-tech sensors on top of the car. It’s set to reveal a different and larger take on the future of autonomous driving.