Citroen C4 Cactus replacement on the way as electric coupe-SUV spotted testing

Our spy photographers have snapped an all-electric coupe-SUV mule, which point to a replacement for the ageing Citroen C4 Cactus

These spy shots offer our first look at Citroen’s replacement for the ageing C4 Cactus compact SUV, which will sit alongside the upcoming successor to the Citroen C4 hatchback in the French brand’s range. The all-new model will undergo an extensive overhaul, morphing into a coupe-SUV and adopting PSA’s latest range of combustion engine and all-electric powertrains.

It will probably be unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in prototype form, before going on sale between late 2020 and early 2021. The electric model will be a direct competitor for the forthcoming Volkswagen ID.4 SUV, while the conventionally powered variants will act as budget alternatives to the Audi Q3 Sportback and the BMW X2.

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Design-wise, Citroen’s C4 Cactus successor will ditch the old model’s conventional three- box SUV shape, opting instead for coupe-inspired styling with a sloping rear roofline and a slightly longer bonnet. Some elements of the old car’s design will be retained, though, as hinted by this mule’s low-mounted headlamps and narrow grille.

We expect this C4 Cactus replacement will be based on the same version of PSA’s CMP underpinnings found under the latest Peugeot 2008, which means buyers should have access to the same range of 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol and 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engines, as well as the 134bhp electric motor from the new e-2008.

The car in our spy pictures uses the latter powertrain, as we can tell by the electric testing vehicle warning sticker fixed to the SUV’s rear window. The production car is expected to adopt the same 50kWh battery pack as the Peugeot e-2008 and offer a similar range of around 200 miles. A 10–80 percent charge should also take around eight hours when the car is plugged into a 7.4kW wallbox charger.

By using the same CMP architecture as the 2008, Citroen’s C4 Cactus replacement will also receive a significant technology boost. We expect it will employ Peugeot’s suite of driver assistance technology, as well as its 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, digital instrument cluster and a reversing camera on higher-specced models.

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