Citroen has officially revealed today the brand-new 2014 Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Concept, a car which will be showcased during the 2014 Paris Motor Show. As you can imagine, the French prototype is based on the C4 Cactus but it comes with lots of improvements to reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The front part of the car now features a bumper with three air intakes that can be automatically opened to cool the engine and closed to improve aerodynamics. Furthermore we see a larger rear spoiler and 19 inch alloy wheels with side active shutter flaps along with ultra-low rolling resistance tires.
The side mirrors were replaced with video cameras to minimize the drag. Under these conditions, the 2014 Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Concept is 20% more aerodynamic than the production model. In addition, the French engineers have used lightweight materials including aluminum, composites and high-strength steel for the bodywork and chassis. As a result, the 2014 Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Concept is 100 kilograms lighter than a standard C4 Cactus model.
Under the bonnet is a Hybrid Air power train composed of a 1.0 liter three-cylinder PureTech with 82 horsepower petrol engine and a compressed air energy storage unit. The latter one is matted to a hydraulic pump/motor and an automatic transmission with an epicyclic gear train does the job. According to Citroen, the new 2014 C4 Cactus Airflow 2L Concept can work in three different ways using air, gasoline or a combination of both. As a result, the new French concept is able to return 2 liters per 100 kilometers.