Geneva LIVE: Citroen C4 Cactus crossover

The C4 Cactus is nearly identical to the Cactus concept that bowed in Frankfurt.

Citroën has revealed the production version of the Cactus concept at the Geneva Motor Show.

Christened C4 Cactus, the crossover is retains the concept's high ground clearance, tall front end, narrow headlights and floating C-pillars. Both sides of the car feature a patented soft-touch material called Airbump that uses small air pockets to protect the sheet metal from small dings and scratches. Buyers can choose between black, gray, dune or chocolate paneling, and Citroën promises the Airbump strips require no maintenance.

Inside, the the C4 Cactus features the same sofa-like bench seat that was found in the concept but it packs a simpler digital instrument cluster and a full center console. The center stack is dominated by a seven-inch touch screen that groups all of the vehicle's key functions including climate control, entertainment, connectivity, driving aids (such as cruise control and park assist), navigation and even the owner's manual.

The passenger airbag has been relocated from the dashboard to above the windshield, a move that enabled engineers to replace the glovebox with a large storage compartment with suitcase-like straps. A panoramic sunroof comes standard on all models, and the rear windows pop out instead of rolling down into the doors.

Tipping the scale at roughly 2,100 pounds, the crossover will be available with a wide palette of small-displacement gasoline- and diesel-burning engines sourced from the Peugeot-Citroën parts bin. The Paris-based automaker has not published precise technical details yet but it says the cleanest, most efficient version of the C4 Cactus will return 75 mpg in a mixed European cycle.

Power will be sent to the front wheels via either a manual or an optional automatic gearbox. Models equipped with an automatic will feature a dash-mounted gear selector with buttons for Drive, Neutral and Reverse as well as shift paddles located behind the steering wheel.

The Citroën C4 Cactus will land in showrooms across Europe next summer. Pricing information and technical details will be published closer to the crossover's on-sale date.

When it lands in showrooms across Europe, the crossover will compete head-to-head against the popular Dacia Duster.

Live images by Ronan Glon.

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