French manufacturer Citroen have officially answered the challenge of the French government who asked if any manufacturer could develop a vehicle capable of 141mpg into production by the year 2020. Other manufacturers such as Renault have jumped at the challenge and are developing their brand new Eolab concept which will be unveiled at the Paris motor show as will this model from the Citroen brand. The vehicle that Citroen have been working on is an different variant of the companies big selling C4 Cactus. Weight reduction has also been vastly improved on this model compared to that of the previous addition to the line up. It has been confirmed that in total, this new variant from Citroen weighs 100kg less than the previous Cactus model in the range.
The French car firm have confirmed some details regarding some of the features that they have used during the development of this car and we see that with a look into the power side of things, the mass manufacturer have included the fitting of a 1.2 litre, Puretech petrol unit which will see a power development of 81 brake horse power.
A hydraulic pump,epicyclic transmission and an air storage tank also help the car out vastly when it comes to a more lightweight driving experience and help with fuel economy. With the engine unit coming into play, it is expected that a top speed of around 120 miles per hour which sees the car make the sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour in a total of just 9.5 seconds. Exterior new features of the C4 Cactus include LED lighting,a redesigned spoiler,19 inch wheels and to increase just how lightweight the car is Citroen have also thrown in lightweight materials such as carbon fibre and aluminium.
The Peugeot brand are another car firm set to join in the race to answer the challenge of the French government too as they have confirmed that the 208 Hybrid Air model is also being developed to try and beat other manufacturers to the punch.
With a range of other manufacturers getting involved in the challenge, it is difficult to tell at this stage in time as to whether this version of the C4 Cactus will be the car to answer the challenge. We have no problem in believing that it stands a great chance though. Prices or a release date for the vehicle if it is to be launched have not been confirmed as of yet. The vehicle will be revealed to the general public however from the Paris motor show next month.