Citroen to head for the beach with Cactus convertible

Spurred on by the excellent response to its C4 Cactus, Citroen is set to ratchet up the creativity with a wacky new convertible concept at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Citroen is calling its new show car a “fresh and energetic version” of the C4 Cactus, evoking “freedom, escape and well being”. Essentially it’s a more ‘outdoorsy’ C4 Cactus, and while Citroen has confirmed it will be debuting the newcomer at the show, it’s remaining tight-lipped about exactly how it could look.

Our exclusive images give an indication of how the car could revive the spirit of the beach buggy.

For this Cactus-based car, Citroen will look towards the 2CV-based Mehari. Built between 1968 and 1988, the Mehari focused on utilitarian style and allowed the 2CV to conquer more extreme roads. It was available in two and four-wheel drive with a canvas roof.

Citroen’s modern take on the car will use plastic doors, a clip-on canvas roof and have a pick-up-like loading area. It’ll likely be front-wheel drive and keep faithful to its C4 Cactus underpinnings. And should it reach production, it would use the Cactus’ 1.2-litre turbo petrol engines and 1.5-litre diesel. You can also be sure that Citroen would offer a bright colour palette with plenty of personalisation options.

Now read our full Frankfurt Motor Show preview.

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