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Open-Air SUV Citroën Cactus M Concept Coming to Frankfurt

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/2/2015 Jason Udy

French automaker Citroën will show an open-air crossover concept inspired by the classic 1968 Méhari SUV at the Frankfurt auto show later this month. Based on the Citroën C4 Cactus, the Citroën Cactus M concept “inspires a sense of well-being, freedom, and escape," according to the automaker.

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With its front fenders sculpted around the fender flares, the Cactus M concept is said to have a compact muscular look. The grooved plastic doors add to that look, while the open-top design and rear side panel steps allow second-row access by climbing over the sides. Citroën looked to the Aircross concep t to design the bumpers and side mirrors. Other highlights include an upright 60-degree windshield with thick A-pillars, metal tow hooks, and a body lifted over large wheels.

First seen on the C4 Cactus, the Airbump technology and thermoformed TPU coating is used on the doors and bumpers to help protect against bumps and scratches as well as salt water and sand. The Citroën Cactus M concept is finished in Hawaii Blue paint on the exterior and interior.

Citroen Cactus M Concept Rear Three Quarters© Provided by MotorTrend Citroen Cactus M Concept Rear Three Quarters Citroën fitted the Cactus M concept with Grip Control and tall, narrow tires that are said to increase agility on the toughest roads and grades. Using a dashboard selector, Grip Control can be switched between four modes including normal, all-terrain, snow or sand.

Open-Air SUV Citroën Cactus M Concept Coming to Frankfurt

The hose-out interior is simple with drain plugs in the foot wells, while the dashboard and seats feature wetsuit-inspired neoprene waterproof fabric in a bright red color. Surfboards can be mounted across the top of the windshield and the rear arch. The A-pillars and rear arch have a wood-look surface inspired by surfboards. To drive home the beach-going theme even further, Citroën included a pair of matching surfboards for the concept. Despite its open-air design, the concept is ready for foul weather. A top stored in the double-floor cargo area can be stretched over the vehicle. A built-in compressor inflates three tubes that hold the top in position.

Additionally, the rear seat folds forward creating a sleeping space for two, while the roof can be used as a freestanding tent at the rear of the Cactus M concept.

Source: Citroën

Citroen Cactus M Concept Front Three Quarters© Provided by MotorTrend Citroen Cactus M Concept Front Three Quarters
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