The C4 Picasso was announced for the first time back in 2006 when the first generation arrived on the market. The Picasso version shares its platform and engines with the Citroen C4 and Peugeot 307 and was offered as an alternative to models like the successful Opel Zafira and Ford S-Max.
The first generation remained into production until this year when the second version will replace it. The new C4 Picasso adopts a bold, expressive design with dynamic, high-tech styling and a bright, uncluttered interior and technologies that innovate, comfort and protect.
Updated 07/30/2013: Citroen announced UK prices for the new generation C4 Picasso. Click past the jump to learn how much the British customers will have to pay for it.
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The new C4 Picasso was built on the company’s new EMP2 platform that makes it more compact that the previous generation. It is 4 cm (1.5 inches) shorter and the roofline is also 4 cm (1.5 inches) lower.
The front end received a more dynamic styling with new look chevrons and slim LED daytime-running lights. On the side the model is distinguished by a signature "C" shape trim in chrome, while the rear gets LED lights in a futuristic and novel 3D effect.
The model can be ordered in four trim levels: VTR, VTR+, Exclusive & Exclusive+ and eight exterior colors.Citroen C4 Picasso
For the interior the model offers a unique panoramic windscreen or an optional large glass sunroof. For the dashboard Citroen is offering a wide range of color combination, including glossy blacks and sparkle-effect finishes.
For the door panels the company is offering a laser engraved pattern, while the front seats feature an asymmetric graphic. As an option customers can choose between light-colored Nappa leather and an attractive upholstery option.
Customers can choose between a "tablet" style 7 inch touchpad and a 12 inch panoramic HD screen.Citroen C4 Picasso
Thanks to the new EMP2 platform, the new C4 Picasso is 140 kg (308 pounds) lighter than its predecessor. The reduced mass combined with improved aerodynamics and optimized drivetrains significantly improve efficiency and helped reducing CO2 emissions by an average of 30g/km.
The C4 Picasso will be offered with a choice of two engines: a e-HDi 90 Airdream and a BlueHDi 150 unit. Both engines can be combined with a new 6-speed clutchless manual gearbox called ETG6 (6-speed Efficient Tronic Gearbox).
|VERSION||CO2 EMISSIONS||MRR OTR PRICE|
|VTi 120 manual VTR||145||£17,500|
|HDi 90 manual VTR||109||£18,195|
|VTi 120 manual VTR+||145||£18,760|
|HDi 90 manual VTR+||109||£19,455|
|e-HDi 90 ETG6 VTR+||98||£20,155|
|e-HDi 115 manual 6-speed VTR+||105||£20,255|
|e-HDi 115 ETG6 VTR+||104||£20,755|
|THP 155 manual 6-speed Exclusive||139||£21,060|
|e-HDi 115 manual 6-speed Exclusive||105||£21,555|
|e-HDi 115 ETG6 Exclusive||105||£22,055|
|THP 155 manual 6-speed Exclusive+||142||£23,460|
|e-HDi 115 manual 6-speed Exclusive+||105||£23,955|
|e-HDi 115 ETG6 Exclusive+||105||£24,455|
The third generation Ford S-Max will be based on the Ford Fiesta Mark VI and it will be sold globally, except Japan. The model will feature Ford’s latest Kinetic Design styling that will include angular headlights, twin trapezoidal grilles, and large wheelarches.
We expect the engine lineup to be carried from the current generation, but improved to deliver more power and improved fuel economy.
gallery: Ford S-MAX
The third generation Zafira was previewed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, as the ’Zafira Tourer Concept and was put on sale late in 2011.
The model is offered with a choice of twelve engine, with power ranging from 110 to 195 horsepower.
gallery: Opel Zafira Tourer Concept
The new C4 Picasso is the first model to be built on Citroen’s new EMP2 platform that makes it lighter and more fuel efficient. The model also adopts a new exterior look, but somehow we find it difficult to believe it will be enough to steal customers’ attention from the S-Max.
More fuel efficient
A little bit too expensive for a family car
Two engines for now
gallery: Citroen C4 Picasso
The New C4 Picasso is the latest incarnation in a bold tradition of innovative MPVs - which began with the Xsara Picasso in 1999 - and is a true expression of Citroën’s ‘Créative Technologie’.
New C4 Picasso embodies a bold, expressive design with dynamic, high-tech styling. This latest Picasso model features a bright, uncluttered interior and technologies that innovate, comfort and protect.
The first model using PSA Peugeot Citroën’s new EMP2 platform (Efficient Modular Platform 2), the new-generation C4 Picasso is more compact on the outside, yet offers benchmark interior space and class-leading boot capacity.
Weighing 140kg less than its predecessor, with improved aerodynamics and a new efficient range of engines - including a new Euro 6 compliant ‘BlueHDi’ powerplant from November production - the New C4 Picasso delivers record CO2 emissions from just 98g/km and fuel economy of up to 74.3 mpg.
Optimised running gear also provides a new balance between comfort and road holding for a smooth, engaging ride in all driving situations.
New C4 Picasso prospects will be from two main demographics:
The first group are expected to be younger families with one or two children. Style is important to these consumers and they do not want to compromise on desirability when looking for a practical family vehicle.
The second group are older couples with grown-up children. These buyers value space, practicality, flexibility and ease of access.
STYLING & DESIGN
New C4 Picasso is the first Citroën on the new EMP2 platform. More compact than the outgoing model, this new generation C4 Picasso is 4cm shorter in length with reduced overhangs, wider tracks, a lower position for the engine block and vehicle floor, and the roofline is 4cm lower.
The sleeker, more dynamic styling is complimented by an assertive front end with new look chevrons and slim LED daytime-running lights set high above new hi-tech headlights. Fog lamps complete the very original light signature.
Along the side of the car, a signature ‘C’ shape trim in chrome adds personality to the sculpted body panels, whilst underlining the space available to occupants.
The rear LED lights feature a futuristic and novel 3D effect, which is fast becoming a Citroën hallmark. A new enveloping tailgate suggests roominess and strength, and is a dynamic touch to the rear view.
The New C4 Picasso is available in a range of eight body colours and all versions are fitted with alloy wheels as standard, with a range of original designs from 16 to 18 inches.
The New C4 Picasso features an uncluttered, loft-style interior ambience with a combined glazed area of up to 5.3m2. This includes a standard specification panoramic windscreen - unique to the segment - and an optional large glass sunroof that bathes the New C4 Picasso’s cabin in light.
The bright and airy interior is also complemented by the quality of the materials used and the attention to detail. The dashboard design combines several colours and materials, including glossy blacks and sparkle-effect finishes. The door panels feature a laser engraved pattern and the asymmetric graphic on the front seats gives the appearance of a one-piece bench. Light-coloured Nappa leather, an attractive upholstery option, is a premium styling cue taken from the world of interior design.
Travelling in the New C4 Picasso is a first class experience thanks to the availability of front massaging seats, ‘Relax’ headrests on all seats and a ‘Relax’ front passenger seat that lets the occupant raise, stretch and rest their legs.
The New C4 Picasso is more compact on the outside, yet offers more space on the inside. The new modular EMP2 platform features a wheelbase that is 6cm longer than the outgoing model, providing improved rear leg room of 2cm compared to the outgoing model - making it amongst the best-in-class. Headroom is also maintained, despite the 4cm reduction in the height of the car. Elbow and shoulder room are virtually identical despite the more compact exterior dimensions. The front and rear doors open wide to a 65° angle for excellent access.
Boot capacity is increased by 40-litres to 537-litres VDA - the best in segment - and expands up to 630-litres with the rear seats pushed forward.The electric tailgate’s clamshell design means it can be closed even when loads protrude past the open aperture. The front passenger seat also folds flat to create a load floor length of 2.5m.
Rear passengers benefit from three individual, full size, adult seats that can be tilted or fore-and-aft adjusted for increased flexibility and comfort.
Six clever and convenient storage options include LED illuminated compartments, one of which includes a jack and USB port. On the ETG6 (Efficient Tronic Gearbox 6-speed) versions, there is also a removable console mounted between the driver and front passenger seats. There are storage spaces under the seats and in the doors, and trays with LED lighting are available on the front seat backs. Conveniently located around the car, there are three 12v sockets conveniently located in the front, rear and in the boot.
Also available are dark tinted rear windows, integrated retractable rear side window sun blinds and a rear facing conversation mirror - a smart touch to make family driving more convenient and enjoyable.
COMFORT & ROAD HOLDING
Driveability is a key strength of the New C4 Picasso. Whilst maintaining and improving upon the recognised comfort of the model line, the reduced weight and lower centre of gravity - as well as a new modular rear suspension design - establish a new balance between comfort and road holding.
Acoustic and vibration comfort are also optimised through a series of refinements, made possible by the new EMP2 platform, for a more enjoyable occupant experience.
For confident road holding and braking in all circumstances, the New C4 Picasso is fitted as standard with intelligent traction control, as well as ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) & emergency braking assistance (EBA).
The compact dimensions (4.43m L, 1.83m W & 1.61m H), variable power steering and a 10.8m turning circle make New C4 Picasso an agile and manoeuvrable companion, even in built-up urban environments.
New C4 Picasso’s intuitive and uncluttered driving interface can feature two digital screens - a ‘tablet’ style 7 inch touchpad and a 12 inch panoramic HD screen.
The brand new, standard specification, 7 inch Touch Drive interface controls all the vehicle settings and in-car functions such as the dual-zone air conditioning, satellite navigation, Bluetooth® connectivity and DAB digital radio.
The panoramic 12 inch screen enhances the driving experience still further and can be configured to display a range of additional driving information such as the cruise control and speed-limiter settings. There’s even the option of changing the theme and uploading a personal photograph as a backdrop.
Available as an option on all versions, New C4 Picasso can provide users with access to Citroën’s Multicity Connect, a portal of connected applications, controlled from the 7 inch touchpad. The system lets users find the nearest service station, a hotel or restaurant, get weather updates or traffic information.
ENJOYABLE & RELAXING
Alongside keyless entry and start, a programmable motorised tailgate and a reversing camera displayed on the HD screen, New C4 Picasso also features a range of innovations to make driving easier and more enjoyable, including;
360° VISION, an exclusive feature in the segment that uses four cameras to give the driver a bird’s eye view, rear view or panoramic front view through the integrated 12 inch screen
PARK ASSIST, which provides automatic assistance when manoeuvring into a tight space, whether parallel parking or reversing straight back. All the driver has to do is manage acceleration and braking
Thanks to innovative design and the advances of the new EMP2 platform, New C4 Picasso is 140kg lighter than its predecessor, meaning it weighs the same as the current C3 Picasso.
The platform’s aluminium and steel construction, and composite rear floor, reduces the vehicle weight by 70kg, whilst the body style with its optimised dimensions and new materials - such as the aluminium bonnet and composite tailgate - cut a further 70kg.
The reduced mass, improved aerodynamics and optimised drivetrains significantly improve efficiency with CO2 emissions an average 30g/km less than the previous generation model.
New C4 Picasso is the first conventionally powered compact MPV to deliver sub-100g/km CO2 emissions. The e-HDi 90 Airdream engine with the new ETG 6-speed gearbox emits just 98g/km. Fuel economy is up to 74.3mpg - a record in the class. Stop & Start technology is also fitted to most models.
New C4 Picasso will be the first Citroën available with a Euro 6 compliant BlueHDi engine. The BlueHDi 150 unit will emit as little as 110g/km of CO2. This new engine features an SCR (selective catalytic reduction) module to treat NOX and limit CO2 output.
A new 6-speed clutchless manual gearbox, the ETG6 (6-speed Efficient Tronic Gearbox), is offered on e-HDi 90 and e-HDi 115 versions. At the core of the range, the e-HDi 115 engine will emit from 104g/km of CO2 with this new transmission and will deliver up to 67.3 mpg combined cycle fuel economy.
With the ETG6 ‘box, drivers can switch from manual to automated mode at any time. The system features a creep function and optimised pedal mapping, adjusting power effectively for smoother start-ups and enhanced driveability. Gear changes are optimised for efficiency and modulated more precisely for improved performance and comfort.
Safety and well-being go hand in hand with the New C4 Picasso thanks to a high level of equipment to protect occupants of all ages.
As with the outgoing model, the New C4 Picasso has been awarded a five-star EuroNCAP rating with an impressive 88% score in the Child Occupant category.
The New C4 Picasso’s safety equipment includes;
Radar guided active cruise control, which maintains a constant distance with the vehicle in front and acts on the accelerator or engine braking to reduce or increase speed
A video lane departure warning system (LDWS) that vibrates the driver’s seatbelt if the car drifts out of a lane without indicating
Active driver and front passenger seatbelts that pull tight in the event of danger for maximum protection
Intelligent beam headlights (auto dip/full beam)
Ultrasonic blind spot monitoring system with door mirror LED warning lights
Driver and front passenger airbags, front lateral and curtain airbags (including row 2)
Isofix anchor points on all three rear seats for the secure fitment of child seats
PRICES & AVAILABILITY
Now on sale in the UK, New C4 Picasso is available in four trim levels - VTR, VTR+, Exclusive & Exclusive+. Ownership starts at just £17,500 for the VTi 120 manual VTR, rising to £24,455 for the Exclusive+ e-HDi 115 ETG6.
With an anticipated 90% diesel/10% petrol mix, the top-selling model is forecast to be the VTR+ e-HDi 115 6-speed manual. The sales split is expected to be approximately 50% retail, 50% fleet/business.