Citroen Launches C4 Cactus In South America, Will Be Produced In Brazil

Citroen has unveiled the first images of the C4 Cactus that’s destined for Latin America, which is developed locally and will be produced at the company’s Porto Real factory in Brazil.

Latin America is the second largest international region for the French automaker after China, with Citroen recording a 14 percent growth in 2017. In order to keep the momentum going, Citroen will offer a specially adapted version of the C4 Cactus in the region, including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Colombia.

Citroen didn’t went into great detail about the differences between the C4 Cactus that’s already available in Europe and the Latin American version, apart from a few styling updates, aimed at making the crossover look more rugged.

The changes include a redesigned bumper and new roof bars but the carmaker didn’t reveal if they will offer the Cactus with features like the hydraulic suspension of the European model.

The updated C4 Cactus has been on sale in Europe since last March, focusing on offering class-leading comfort and ride quality thanks to the new suspension system.

The Citroen C4 Cactus is expected to be launched in the region during the second half of the year and will join the C4 Lounge, a compact four-door sedan that’s currently being introduced in the market.

  • Adi

    Did anyone else notice that this one actually has rear windows that can roll down unlike the EU version. Plus it has roof color options and roof bars which EU version also doesn’t have.

    • Jp

      OMG you are right! This is ridiculous. This is probably the most disliked feature of the car here in the EU. Also, it is funny to see that they sell it as an SUV there while they removed all the plastics covers for the redesign here and market it as a hatchback.

    • Ilbirs

      Its average engine will also be more powerful than the ones available in Europe: the entry option will be the 1.6 16v of the TU family marking 118 PS and the top one will be the 1.6 THP (1.6 liter, 16 valves, direct injection and turbocharger, marking 173 PS when running on ethanol). By what the rumors say, the 1.6 16v will be mated to a five-speed manual or a six-speed auto, while the THP will be mated to the six-speed auto, this last configuration being the first time when a 1.6 THP and the EAT6 will be put into the engine bay of a car underpinned by the PF1 platform.

      • Jp

        Doesn’t the 2008 also have an EAT6 available?

        • Gustavo Adriano

          Yes, 2008 also have the AT6 but only in aspirated engine, the THP version doesn’t have.

        • Ilbirs

          As @Gustavo Adriano said, considering the Brazilian specs, for now the EAT6 is availble just in the 1.6 16v powered 2008, as this engine matches horsepower and torque levels of the 1.2 Puretech Turbo found in the European version. As the 1.6 THP in a 2008 was a Brazilian-first thing (and also the first non-sporty model on the PF1 to have this engine), PSA had to use the basic spec also found on the DS 3, meaning that only a six-speed manual was available since its premiere. See that the 1.6 THP now is also found on the Chinese-spec 2008 and, like what happens here in my country, only mated to a six-speed manual.
          While this, PSA’s Brazilian headquarters were developing a way to put the combination of EAT6 and 1.6 THP into PF1’s engine bay. For now this combination is available only on the Old World and in models underpinned by the EMP2.
          By what I caught on my readings about the EAT6, this transmission was co-developed with Aisin and it’s a variation of the AWF6F-25 and, like the generic spec, has a version for lesser torque engines and the Japanese supplier also did another one capable of handling more torque, this one being used in the North American spec of the Fiat 500 Abarth. This means that it could also fit the cramped bay of a PF1, as 500’s is way worse in this aspect, but you have to make the necessary adjustments as we’re talking about a combination not available in the Europe where the Cactus project comes from. As we’re talking about PF1, I’m 99.99… percent sure that the 1.6 THP/EAT6 combo will be available to the local 2008 by the time of Cactus’ premiere.

          After this the things will be easier for PSA’s Brazilian engineering team, as the Cactus is said to be the last PF1 vehicle to be presented and the local operation prepared to skip the last other PF1s (C3 Aircross being the only model that would be appliable to Brazil, as Opel isn’t sold here) to concentrate efforts on the CMP platform (more or less like the EMP2 but intended to underpin smaller models).

          • Jp

            Very interesting, thanks for sharing!

  • Six_Tymes

    This one looks very good. Unique and Fun. But would like to see it in person.

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