Citroen Cactus M-04

Citroen’s C4 Cactus, one of the most unusual cars on sale in the world today, is set to get a convertible sister if this Citroen Cactus M Concept comes to fruition. To debut at this month’s Frankfurt show, the Cactus M is an open-top version of the C4 Cactus inspired by the Citroen Méhari of the 70s.

The SUV looks of the Cactus M feature strong sculpted lines, and the use of tall and narrow tyres made it possible to increase wheel diameter, resulting in an increased body height. This impression is reinforced by the sculpted wheel arches.

The robust look is further underlined by the 60 degree rake of the windscreen and the thickness of the pillars. The design of the bumpers and the door mirrors was inspired by the Aircross concept from Shanghai 2015.

Citroen Cactus M-09

The moulded plastic one-piece doors makes them easy to open and close, while also reducing weight. The doors use the same Airbump concept on the C4 Cactus with their thermoformed TPU coating. This “second skin” (also used on the bumpers) resists knocks and scratches as well as salt water and sand. The M has visible hinges, just like the Méhari, which also had plastic bodywork.

The overall design of the cabin resembles the hull of a boat and the headrests are designed to resemble boat fenders. The upholstery and dashboard trim were inspired by wetsuits. With the draining foot wells and seats in water/salt-resistant fabric, one can jump right in from the sea. The whole cabin can even be hosed out, making the Cactus M a great beach machine.

Citroen Cactus M-17

The rear side panels each have a hollowed-out step to enable passengers to get into the second row seats by stepping over the waist line – no folding the front seats needed, just jump in. The boot is accessed from the outside and two surfboards can be attached using a special lashing system.

When it rains, a hand-installed roof stretches around the vehicle using an inflation system. Air inflates three tubes that hold the top in the correct position. Inflation is activated by a compressor at the rear of the vehicle. The roof is kept in the double-floor boot.

There’s more. The Cactus M can be turned into a bivouac for two. An ingenious tilting mechanism can turn the rear seat into an extension of the boot, create a “couch”. With the roof extended, you’re looking at a freestanding tent that enables two 1.8 metre tall folks to to stand upright. You, me and the sea. Magnifique!