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Paris 2014 Preview: Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L concept exposed

Paris 2014 Preview: Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L concept exposed image

Text: / Photos: Citroen | posted September 18, 2014 12:26

Delivers 50 kilometers to a liter

Citroen has revealed the C4 Cactus Airflow 2L concept ahead of its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show next month.

The concept is based on the C4 Cactus, but has been designed to address environmental requirements and to reduce fuel consumption. Citroen used lightweight materials including carbon fiber, aluminum, high-yield steels and translucent polycarbonate. As a result, the concept vehicle is 100 kg lighter than the production C4 Cactus.

The exterior styling of the C4 Cactus Airflow 2L concept features a front bumper that has three air intakes that continuously adjust to cool the engine and to regulate air flow. The concept is also equipped with a larger rear spoiler and 19-inch low rolling resistance tires.

The Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L concept

The side mirrors of the concept have been replaced by rearview cameras to reduce the impact on air flow. Moreover, the C4 Cactus Airflow 2L concept has LED light modules at the front and rear, consuming lesser power. The overall design makes the concept vehicle 20-percent more aerodynamic than the production model.

The C4 Cactus Airflow 2L concept is powered by a Hybrid Air powertrain that consists of 3-cylinder Pure Tech petrol engine, a compressed air energy storage unit, a hydraulic pump/motor unit and an automatic transmission with an epicyclic gear train. The powertrain operates in three different modes that includes air only, petrol engine and a combination of both. Citroen says the Pure Tech engine with Hybrid Air technology reduces fuel consumption by 30-percent and registers 2L/100 km (50 km/l).