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Citroen reveals the new C4 Picasso

Adding a little more Gallic style to the MPV segment...

Citroen has revealed the all-new C4 Picasso, aiming to bring a little more style to the small MPV segment. The C4 Picasso has been a mainstay of the small MPV segment since the very first Picasso was launched in 1999, proving the default choice for families who want more space and versatility in their main car. It has never really majored on style though, which is why Citroen has made a good effort this time to inject some flair into the styling.

Up front we have a bold nose, with the DRL LED’s placed in line with the slimline grille, giving a very modern look. The main headlight units are then placed below the DRLs with a large lower grille in the centre. From there back we have a familiar push-me-pull-you shape, with a curving roof down to a hatchback rear end. There’s also a hint of VW about the rear lights and hatch which is no bad thing. The extra long windscreen is standard, and this can be extended even further with the panoramic roof option. Inside there is a cleaner dashboard than we’re used to, with TFT screens and dials.

At launch there are only diesel engines planned for the UK - an 89 bhp 1.4 litre and two 1.6 litres, one with 114 bhp and another with 148 bhp. The smallest engine emits only 98 g/km of CO2 and manages 74 mpg when equipped with the clutchless six speed electronic manual gearbox.

There is more than just style in this new Picasso though, with the new PSA Group ‘EMP2’ platform underpinning it, meaning there's around 140 kg weight saving model-for-model.

The C4 Picasso goes on sale this autumn.

Images courtesy of Citroen

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more