Xavier Peugeot arrived at Citroen a few months after the debut of the C4 Cactus. Now serving as the company’s Director of Product Planning, he said that the Cactus hatchback which has a crossover taste “is a tremendous project, as it is in line with the Citroen values of demonstrating boldness and innovation and trying to consider cars in a different way.” That was what he said when speaking with Top Gear.
The sad part of the news is that this good story has to come to an end. Peugeot said the C4 Cactus is going to be discontinued. There’s a new C-segment car planned to replace the humble mini SUV. “This will be the end of the Cactus. For the name, I don’t know yet, but for the car, yes,” he added. A new variant of Cactus would still be relevant in the lineup if there’s enough demand for it.
First introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014, the C4 Cactus was refreshed for 2018. The second generation came with a number of technological changes include the addition of blind spot monitor, automatic parking, traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning, and emergency brake assist.
The C4 Cactus reached its best time in Europe in 2015, when it managed to record the highest sales of 78,888 units. Unfortunately, that number was down to 57,637 in 2018. Citroen has better sales with the Aircross compact SUVs. After the death of the C4 Aircross, two different models from the same family went on sale in the Old Continent.
It won’t be easy for Citroen to find a proper replacement for the C4 Cactus, considering that the competition is very tight today. As you can see, there are rivals like the all-new Ford Focus that is technologically well-equipped, and the Volkswagen Golf that is ready to enter the eighth generation of the model. If the French automaker wants the C4 Cactus’ successor to survive the current competition, it has to make the new model both unique and attractive, something that is completely different than before.
In terms of price, the C4 Cactus is cheaper than the C3 Aircross. The former starts at €18,850 while the latter costs from €19,500. The base trim will give you the PureTech 110 S&S engine with 110 hp that is good enough to push the Cactus from 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds. It’s paired to a six-speed manual transmission and is complemented with Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension system.