New Citroen C4 Cactus EV: specs and on-sale date

It has been a while since Citroen launched an electric car, but the new C4 Cactus is part of a programme to electrify the whole range by 2025

Citroen CXPERIENCE

The forthcoming all-new Citroen C4 Cactus will be the first all-electric Citroen since the C-Zero. It'll also be first Citroen to show off a new look that'll eventually appear across the company’s whole range. 

For Citroen, the electric Cactus is just one step in a process of electrifying the whole Citroen range, which will be finished in 2025. Key to the electrification of the Cactus is the fact that it’s moving over to the CMP platform which will also form the basis of the forthcoming Vauxhall Corsa, Peugeot 208 and – eventually – the PSA Group’s whole small-car range.

The platform is able to take full electrification, and that means that an electric Cactus will go on sale alongside more conventional petrol-engined models as soon as the new range is launched.

As yet, we have no idea what drivetrain will feature, but we should get some indication at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019. That’s when Citroen has promised to show off a full-electric concept car as part of its centenary celebrations.

According to the company, this will show off the company’s vision of future mobility and retain the spirit of the classic 2CV. However, 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".

 

 

What we have a better idea of is how the new C4 Cactus might look, as it’s said to be based on the CXPERIENCE concept from the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Although that was a larger car, we can expect to see some of its design features on the C4 Cactus. Wide and low, it has a very distinctive front end, with very slim LED daytime running lights that also incorporate the indicators. Inside, meanwhile, the car has a very uncluttered look, with touchscreen controls, rather than physical buttons.