Summer’s over, so it’s the ideal time to unveil a new roofless beach car-type thing. That’s what we have here in the Citroen Cactus M concept, which will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month.

It takes inspiration from the much-missed Citroen Mehari, a corrugated, canvas-topped, go-anywhere utility car that has became rather fashionable of late.

The Cactus M is broadly similar to the production C4 Cactus but has some distinct differences, starting with the two-door layout. The rear doors have been junked, replaced by a pair of much larger front doors, made from lightweight moulded plastic and covered with a new variation on the Cactus’s trademark ‘Airbump’ door protectors.

Then there’s the roof, or rather the lack of one. The front and rear windscreen surrounds remain in place – more upright at the front to increase the sense the space – and a canvas arrangement that doubles as a tent fixes in between. The rear seats and boot lid fold down to create a bed.

The interior is made of water resistant material and there are drain holes in the floor to stop the Cactus M turning into a bath should it be caught out in a downpour.

Power comes from a 1.2-litre PureTech petrol engine which sends its 108bhp to the front wheels via an EAT6 automatic gearbox. Grip Control traction control and tall, narrow tyres help the Cactus M ride tough terrain.

Citroen says the concept “illustrates the potential of the C4 Cactus as the basis for new models.” This lends credence to rumours that Citroen is planning a convertible and/or a latter-day Mehari based on the Cactus.

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By Only Motors