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Citroën’s lifestyle-pitched C4 Cactus crossover will spawn an open-top sister at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The Cactus M is a concept, inspired by the Mehari, an open-top Citroën sold between 1968 and 1988, and taking many of its styling cues from the Aircross concept that Citroën unveiled at the Shanghai show in April.

It is a completely open vehicle, with the only protection available an ‘inflatable’ roof which Citroën says can double as a tent – the seats folding down to become effectively a couch. And while there are two rows of seats there are also only two doors. While these are much longer than those of a standard Cactus (made in one-piece plastic to reduce weight), rear-seat passengers are encouraged to use built-in steps to climb over the flanks, US NASCAR style.

The M also boasts more muscular styling than the stock Cactus, giving it a more SUV, go-anywhere image – the designers saying that the overall proportions were designed to echo those of a boat. The windscreen is more upright, giving a taller stance.

Sculpted-out wheel arches house taller, narrower tyres on wheels of larger diameter.

Power for the concept comes from Citroën’s 1.2-litre petrol unit of 108bhp, though the brand is also thought to be working on electric powertrains. And while the Cactus concept won’t see production in its present form, a new Mehari is thought to be a possibility.

The new Cactus, seen on video…

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.